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A car warning system prevents drivers from opening a car door on the path of a passing cyclist

Car mirror that blinks red when a cyclist approaches, can prevent drivers from opening the door in their path

  • Sensors and cameras automatically detect nearby road users
  • Red lights around the exterior mirror and the door flashes when it is activated
  • A warning also sounds to make both drivers and cyclist aware of danger
  • Future version of the system can physically prevent the door from opening

Ford has built an exit warning system for cars to stop drivers and passengers from swinging their doors onto the path of cyclists – an event called “dooring.”

A trail of flashing red lights around the door mirror and the edge of the door light up to alert the occupant of the vehicle to an approaching cyclist.

An alarm also sounds to prevent a collision and Ford is working on developing the system to physically swing the door open.

A trail of flashing red lights around the door mirror and door edge lights up to warn both a passing cyclist and the occupant of the vehicle of a possible collision

A trail of flashing red lights around the door mirror and door edge lights up to warn both a passing cyclist and the occupant of the vehicle of a possible collision

Ford has built a warning system for cars to stop drivers and passengers from swinging open their doors to the path of cyclists - an event called 'dooring'. The lights on the door and the door mirror flash and an alarm sounds

Ford has built a warning system for cars to stop drivers and passengers from swinging open their doors to the path of cyclists - an event called 'dooring'. The lights on the door and the door mirror flash and an alarm sounds

Ford has built a warning system for cars to stop drivers and passengers from swinging open their doors to the path of cyclists – an event called ‘dooring’. The lights on the door and the door mirror flash and an alarm sounds

WHAT IS DOOR?

Dooring is a term used to describe when a passenger of a vehicle opens his door and hits a passing cyclist.

A cyclist cannot prevent or avoid the door when it opens for him.

it can have devastating consequences if a cyclist gets full.

Riders can be knocked off their bikes and get into the path of passing vehicles.

Approximately 60 cyclists in the UK are killed or seriously injured each year as a result of doors.

Some vehicles from the American car manufacturer are already equipped with sensors to detect cyclists.

It is currently used to make drivers aware when other road users are in their blind spot.

These already existing technologies and scanners are integrated in the new system.

Friederike Philipsenburg, Ford’s vehicle architect engineer in Europe, said: “Cyclists and more and more e-scooter drivers are confronted daily with safety challenges on our busy roads, including avoiding car doors when opening.

“Exit Warning is just one of the ways we help make roads better for everyone – whether they are on two or four wheels.”

Dooring is a term used to describe when a passenger of a vehicle opens his door and hits a passing cyclist. Ford expects to begin testing the feature in the coming months and is part of Ford's 'Share The Road' campaign

Dooring is a term used to describe when a passenger of a vehicle opens his door and hits a passing cyclist. Ford expects to begin testing the feature in the coming months and is part of Ford's 'Share The Road' campaign

Dooring is a term used to describe when a passenger of a vehicle opens his door and hits a passing cyclist. Ford expects to begin testing the feature in the coming months and is part of Ford’s ‘Share The Road’ campaign

Engineers are also testing a new mechanism for the car door that temporarily prevents it from fully opening.

The occupant of the vehicle can manually override this function in an emergency.

Ford expects to start testing the function in the coming months after the early success in tests.

Ford hopes to eliminate some technical pitfalls, such as ensuring that it works for both left and right-hand drive vehicles, as well as a variety of roads and lanes.

It is part of Ford’s ‘Share The Road’ campaign, which also saw the emergence of a bizarre ’emoji-coat’ prototype that lights up with different symbols on the back to help cyclists share their mood with drivers.

Not only can the jacket display different mood symbols, but it can also display hazard warnings and indicators for when the cyclist is about to make a turn.

The display of the jacket is operated via a wireless remote control, which is designed to be attached to the wearer’s bicycle handlebars.

Ford said it allows wearers to change what is being displayed without having to take their hands completely out of their cycle.

A bizarre 'emoji-coat' prototype has been developed that lights up with different symbols on the back, intended to help cyclists share their mood with drivers

A bizarre 'emoji-coat' prototype has been developed that lights up with different symbols on the back, intended to help cyclists share their mood with drivers

A bizarre ’emoji-coat’ prototype has been developed that lights up with different symbols on the rear, intended to help cyclists share their mood with drivers

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