The collision avoidance system included in some vehicles today helps prevent many accidents, saving drivers from potential injury and costly damage. While the technology is becoming standard in newer, more expensive vehicles, there are tens of millions of vehicles that simply cannot take advantage of this technology. Radarboys, in response, a designer of radar-based collision-avoidance systems for automobiles, has launched a new crowdfunding campaign at IndieGogo for its iC2 collision avoidance module for cars.
This solution uses smartphones, along with a small module, to provide collision avoidance technology in older and less expensive vehicles. The system is the first smartphone add-on radar module able to track distance, direction, and speed to give drivers a tool for increasing their awareness while they are driving.
The iC2 is a Bluetooth enabled radar module that displays information about other vehicles on the road on a smartphone. An audible and visual alert lets the driver know when a potentially dangerous scenario presents itself. This gives the driver time to react and thereby avoid a collision with another vehicle. It records radar data, distance, speed, and direction of the vehicle while the system is active. This information can be used if an accident takes place to give investigators and insurance companies accurate data.
The module is placed behind the front window with a USB power feed and it uses the ISM band, similar to Wi-Fi and Blutetooth, but instead of 2.4GHZ it uses the 24GHZ frequency band. The app is available for Android (News - Alert) and iOS platforms.
"Our iC2 device is more than a fad tech gadget. The same collision avoidance technology that is used in high-end luxury cars is now available to everyone in an affordable, easy-to-use device. We believe that helping drivers become more aware of their surroundings can decrease injuries and deaths on the roads and help them become more confident behind the wheel. Whether on the road for business or taking the family on vacation, we’re committed to helping our customers get from Point A to Point B more safely," said Andrew Cramer, CEO of Radarboys.
With more than 5 million reported traffic accidents each and every year in the US, this technology can save many drivers from potential injuries and financial losses. The company hopes to implement this technology not only to vehicles on the roads, but also to aircraft and ships.
Edited by Blaise McNamee