Smart bike flashlight monitors traffic problems

Jake Thompson, a design student at the University of Sussex and an avid cyclist, has developed a gadget that will help transform bikers from road users into traffic controllers. He called his know-how "Flares" and designed it in the form of an ordinary flashlight on the handlebars of a bicycle. The device provides a beam of light of 300 lumens for 2.5 hours when fully charged, plus it has several economical modes. But the main thing is that there are three buttons on the outside of the gadget.

The first button is needed for signaling about potholes, potholes, broken curbs, cracks in the asphalt, etc. Everything related to the unsatisfactory condition of the roadway, even if we are talking about partially worn out markings. The second button is responsible for hazards on the road, such as too close a roadway. The third one must be pressed if the cyclist finds himself at a difficult, dangerous and inconvenient intersection.

When you press the button, the system automatically transmits the mark to the owner's smartphone with GPS on board and attaches a geotag to it. After the trip, the user is free to edit the list of complaints, add comments and tips, and then upload them to a special site to attract public attention.

Thompson drew inspiration from a similar project in Denmark, where they realized earlier than others in Europe that nimble and light cyclists are more sensitive to infrastructure problems. It is easier for them to collect factual information about road accidents, which will be more difficult for officials to dismiss. So far, Thompson's technology is in test mode, but he plans to create a full-fledged service in the near future.