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Raphael Kappes, Sebastian Fudickar, Jule Deiters, Andrii Matviienko, Julian Heinovski, Mario Franke, Florian Klingler, Christoph Sommer, Falko Dressler, Annika Johnsen, Walter Funk, Clemens Kraetsch, Lennart Brink-Abeler, Melvin Isken, Susanne Boll, Wilko Heuten and Andreas Hein, "Safety4Bikes: Assistance Systems for Cycling Children to Increase Safety," Proceedings of 8th International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC 2019), Brisbane, Australia, November 2019, pp. 71–71.


Cycling is a popular urban mobility solution. However, cyclists are more vulnerable and relatively unprotected compared to other road users. In Germany, the number of accidents with cycling children increases dramatically between the ages of 8 and 14 years, which is caused by their not fully developed cycling skills and understanding of traffic. The project Safety4Bikes aims at mitigating the risk of young cyclists by developing appropriate modular assistance systems that detect situational hazards and promote safe behaviour. Within the project, we are developing novel visual, tactile and acoustic signals integrated in bicycles and helmets to convey information for children in an understandable and non-distracting way. Embedding the cyclist into the surrounding context, we develop and investigate sensor technologies, algorithms and routing strategies needed for identification of the behaviour of cyclists on the road, traffic signs, safest routes and trajectory corrections. Additionally, we focus on the enhancements of Car2X communication to enable the exchange of information with other vehicles. The project follows a user centric approach in which the developed system components are continuously tested and adapted to the needs and characteristics of the target group. Answering the question of how the components will have to interact with the user is an important part of the research. Therefore, we evaluate the efficacy of the designed interaction and recognition methods as well as sensors, algorithms and routing strategies through laboratory experiments and bicycle simulators. With controlled test-track experiments on a test route, the components are further evaluated and optimised.

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Raphael Kappes
Sebastian Fudickar
Jule Deiters
Andrii Matviienko
Julian Heinovski
Mario Franke
Florian Klingler
Christoph Sommer
Falko Dressler
Annika Johnsen
Walter Funk
Clemens Kraetsch
Lennart Brink-Abeler
Melvin Isken
Susanne Boll
Wilko Heuten
Andreas Hein

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    author = {Kappes, Raphael and Fudickar, Sebastian and Deiters, Jule and Matviienko, Andrii and Heinovski, Julian and Franke, Mario and Klingler, Florian and Sommer, Christoph and Dressler, Falko and Johnsen, Annika and Funk, Walter and Kraetsch, Clemens and Brink-Abeler, Lennart and Isken, Melvin and Boll, Susanne and Heuten, Wilko and Hein, Andreas},
    title = {{Safety4Bikes: Assistance Systems for Cycling Children to Increase Safety}},
    pages = {71--71},
    address = {Brisbane, Australia},
    booktitle = {8th International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC 2019)},
    month = {11},
    year = {2019},

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