Ford has developed a jacket for cyclists with turn signals, stop signals and a vibrator

Ford has developed a jacket for cyclists with turn signals, stop signals and a vibrator

June 17, 2018 0 By autotimesnews

An innovative jacket not only makes the cyclist more visible on the road, but also tells him the way, and the route is laid around the busy streets and intersections.

Apparently, in the future, Ford will be able to open an entire smart clothes store for road users: last autumn, the automaker introduced an anti-sunny cap with a vibrator for truckers, and now announced an innovative jacket for cyclists. It was developed in conjunction with the manufacturer of bike equipment Lumo and Tome, which deals with mobile applications.

The stylish black windbreaker is equipped with LEDs: those on the sleeves are orange and perform the function of the turn signals when the corresponding hand is waved, and the garland at the bottom edge of the jacket blinks red when decelerating, that is, the stop lamps.

The smartphone is integrated into the jacket: it is placed in a transparent waterproof pocket on the left sleeve. A special navigation application makes routes bypassing busy streets and intersections and gives clues through built-in wrist straps at the wrist level and a headset with bone conduction sound that does not stop the ears and allows the cyclist to hear what is happening around.

The smart jacket showed itself well during factory tests, that’s what Tom Thompson, the Ford Smart Mobility project manager at the London office of the carmaker, says about it:

“With this jacket, immediately changing the mindset of the cyclist – do not have to stop to check the directions of the navigation application on the phone screen or worry about what it takes to a busy road or dangerous intersection.”

Innovative outerwear for cyclists was created as part of the solution to the problem of the “last mile”, that is, the delivery of people directly to the destination where cars are prohibited from entering. A bicycle in this sense remains the most popular vehicle, but there are alternatives: “Driving” told about them earlier.

So far, a smart jacket is nothing more than a prototype, it will be further developed, in particular, it will introduce the function of receiving calls and messages with the help of gestures and voice commands. Then the jacket will be patented and only after that they will start to prepare for release and sale.