Technology, a great ally to promote road knowledge of the cyclist
For cycling fans, traveling on the road alongside motor vehicles is a challenge on certain occasions. Thus, to promote awareness of the situation and coexistence between drivers and cyclists, Garmin® collaborates with Con(live), a social responsibility initiative organized by the inspiring content platform “Where is the Limit?”. Likewise, and with the aim of helping to know what is happening around cyclists and, at the same time, promoting their visibility, Garmin makes state-of-the-art products and technological features available that provide them with that safety.
Specifically, the cyclist can count on technology that has been developed specifically for them, such as the Varia™ radars, which allow them to be seen and, at the same time, to be informed of the proximity of the vehicles behind them; Also, Edge® cycling computers, which paired with a Varia radar can show when a car is approaching and detect if the cyclist has suffered a fall, as well as automatically notify the incident or allow family and friends to follow their route directly through the Live Track function.
January 2022.- When riding on asphalt, cyclists are the most vulnerable road users, which is why it is vitally important that they have tools or technology that allow them to move more safely, both with the aim of that they are seen by other vehicles so that they can anticipate and, hopefully, avoid possible collisions. At this point, Garmin collaborates with initiatives such as Con(vivir), a project focused on promoting safety and coexistence between drivers and cyclists. Likewise, Garmin also demonstrates its great commitment to this group by creating products that incorporate advanced functionalities to guarantee greater confidence on the road.
see and be seen
When riding on the road next to motor vehicles it is essential that the cyclist sees them and also that the drivers see them. For this, it is very useful to have a Garmin Varia radar or an intelligent light, which allows you to see and be seen in front of vehicles that circulate on the road or when traveling through places with less light.
These devices also warn the cyclist if a vehicle is approaching from behind up to a distance of 140 meters and some models, thanks to their built-in rear light, alert vehicle drivers of the presence of the cyclist up to 1.6 km away. It is also possible to link them directly with a compatible smartphone (by downloading the Varia application), and use the mobile screen as the main screen, in order to view the different alerts sent by the Varia radar, or keep this information in the background, making it visible only when the radar sends alerts. One of the most important issues is that the cyclist will know the level of risk through a color code based on proximity (green, amber and red). In addition to visual alerts,
Incident detection and live monitoring
In addition, it is highly recommended to have a technology that alerts of any incident that may occur, something that materializes through products such as Edge® cycle computers. Thus, one of the most outstanding functions of these in terms of security is that of “security and monitoring”. If the device detects that the cyclist has suffered a fall, it automatically sends an emergency message with the exact coordinates to the contacts previously added to the device through the Garmin Connect™ app. In addition, the athlete can also manually activate this function to request help.
On the other hand, they have functions that allow the user’s contacts to follow their route live, which transmits peace of mind to family and friends, being able to have the cyclist under control at all times. Similarly, cyclists can make it easier to stay in contact with the pack with the GroupTrack feature in case they get separated from it, depending on the device.
Ask for help without mobile coverage
And if the cyclist wants to go even further in the field of safety, there are satellite communication devices, such as Garmin InReach®, which allows him to stay connected, even in areas where there is no mobile coverage, and send an SOS help message to the emergency services to contact them in case you need help in a dangerous situation within an area without mobile coverage 1 .
Ultimately, these tools and features can help cyclists avoid risky situations, provide better situational awareness and peace of mind to family and friends when out riding. Objectives of great relevance for both Garmin and the Con(vivre) project.
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