Vulnerable Road Users
In-vehicle systems constantly support drivers with traffic information, maps, navigation systems, feedback and other similar services. Public transport users are supported with accurate plans, time table and connection opportunities.
Bicycles require different engagements than vehicles and public transport. Only very few cities have a well-planned and realized bike-lane network. In the rest of the cases, the cyclists need to find their optimal combination of bike lanes, sidewalks, motorways and pedestrian zones to get from one place to another. As a consequence, cycling in urban areas can be stressful and discouraging experience both for people that know the city very well, but rarely use bicycles as well as for people that regularly use their bicycles for recreation or sport.
Cyclists as a vulnerable group of people are influenced by many external factors like weather, topography, personal shape etc. The problem of route definition for cyclists very often extends to the problem of: Which routes are suitable for specific type of users and current set of conditions? Considering external data sources relevant to cyclists, our goal is to define a cycling route network beyond what existing maps and routing services can offer.
In our group we focus on urban cycling support for fleet users and individuals and we aim to develop system for automatic community based cycling route generation with real time personalized navigation support for cyclists.
In addition to the services we also research the presentation space and devices as additional factors that influences the cycling experience. Different types of sensors and wearables like glasses, watches, integrated touch sensors, leap devices etc. are being evaluated and used in our projects.