Brisbane students riding wave of invention

A new blind spot detector for bicycles will make cycling on roads safer and help reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists.

Information technology students from Federation University’s Brisbane Campus have unveiled a revolutionary new detector sensor for bicycle riders.

Called Wingman, the blind-spot detector sensor is designed to improve road safety and traffic awareness for bicycle riders. The detector is fitted below a bike’s seat post. It includes a vibrational motor fitted on the bicycle’s handlebar.

After detecting surrounding objects by the LIDAR sensor, an algorithm determines if the object is approaching or stationary. In case of an approaching vehicle from behind, the sensor sends a signal to a vibration motor in the handlebars and notifies the user.

The invention was trialled at the 2019 Arc Hardware event held in Brisbane earlier this year. As one of only a few in the world, Arc provides a space for start-ups to enhance the development and commercialisation of their products.

Federation University student Sampresh Shrestha said, “Cyclists need to do constant shoulder checks while riding on roads so our product is designed to promote a safer environment for cyclists.We have already made the prototype of the product, which we displayed at the Arc start-up weekend in Brisbane, and the next step is to make it commercially available.”

Executive Director of the Brisbane Campus, Alex Elibank Murray said, “The creation of the Wingman detector is just one example of the amazing work being done at Federation University’s Brisbane Campus with partners like Arc. Arc provides a unique space for students to bring their innovations to fruition. My congratulations go out to Sampresh and his fellow student partners for devising this innovative product.”