Garmin has announced a suite of smart cycling devices to help to create a safer cycling environment. The Varia line of smart cycling devices include, a first-of-its-kind rearview bike radar and smart bike lights.
“Over 700 cyclists are killed and more than 49,000 are injured in motor vehicle crashes every year.”
Varia rearview bike radar
The majority of of motor vehicle incidents with cyclists occur when a cyclists is hit from behind. The Varia rearview bike radar warns cyclists of any vehicle that is approaching them from behind and it warns approaching vehicles of any cyclists ahead.
The device includes a radar tail light transmitted and a radar display unit, the transmitter will detect approaching vehicles from up to 140 meters/153 yards behind and the display unit will get brighter as the cars approach. The Varia rearview bike radar will show up to eight vehicles at a time.
Varia smart bike lights
Varia smart bike lights will automatically adjust to changing conditions as well as the speed of the cyclist. The headlight beam will project further ahead if your cycling at a faster speed and vice verse if your speed decreases. The light will project ahead instead all around, focusing on where cyclists need it most.
The tail light operates in solid and flashing modes, the light will increase intensity when the cyclists is decelerating to warn approaching vehicles behind.
Garmin Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Dan Bartel said: “As leaders in creating innovative cycling technology, we’re excited to introduce our line of cycling awareness products and take the next step in providing a complete experience for riders.”
“Varia rearview bike radar and smart bike lights not only alert cyclists of vehicles, but also alert the vehicles of the cyclist. With Garmin cycling products you can now track all your essential stats with peace of mind on the roads.”
Matthew is a Content Editor at Future Sport, specialising in sports business, marketing and emerging technologies.