An Israeli company has developed technology (ZooZ 2 device) that can significantly reduce the number of accidents involving motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles.
The handlebar-mounted ZooZ 2 device uses wireless V2X technology to alert motorists and two-wheeler drivers to the presence of each other. This detection occurs even if the other vehicle is out of the direct line of sight. The main difficulty so far is that only about 10% of production vehicles currently support V2X, but within 3-4 years the technology will be available on most new vehicles.
Two-wheeled riders device displays a visual warning if another vehicle is approaching the intersection, when the driver of a moving car, for which the motorcycle may be in the blind spot, turned on the turn signal, or, for example, about cars “flying through” the intersection at a prohibited traffic light. Motorists who own such a device will also receive warnings about the presence of two-wheeled vehicles nearby.
The most budget-friendly versions of Autotalks ZooZ 2, offered to drivers of bicycles and scooters, cost from $50 to $100. The company is now finalizing a device for motorcycles, with Autotalks saying the first motorcycle maker will enable V2X interaction as early as 2024.
The company representatives believe that the widespread proliferation of such data exchange systems will significantly reduce the number of accidents, especially with the participation of two-wheeled vehicles. After all, as of today, about 75% of accidents involving motorcycles and scooters occur because car drivers do not notice two-wheeled vehicles.