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post #1 of 11 Old 05-17-2011, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Device Warns Drivers of Oncoming Motorcycles

BMW announced the development of "Left Turn Assistant", a new device that will warn drivers who are making a left turn of oncoming traffic, including motorcycles.

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-17-2011, 12:37 PM
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With a bush in the middle of the street I can see visibility being a major issue and causing a few wrecks...



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According to the German Federal Statistical Office, inattentiveness when turning off a road or performing a U-turn is one of the leading causes of accidents on the country’s roads.
Maybe its not lack of attention but actually lack of being able to see a damn thing through a tree?


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BMW announced the development of "Left Turn Assistant", a new device that will warn drivers who are making a left turn of oncoming traffic, including motorcycles.

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I have a device like that - it's called a pair of eyes connected to a brain. Apparently it's not standard equipment for a lot of drivers, though.
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They have eyes and a brain, it's concentrating on texting on their cell phone.

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Yup I like the new Mercedes commercial where the lady has her sleeping son in the car and she falls asleep and drifts into the opposing lane. "My car warned me and saved our lives" she says. Then in the same commercial a guy doesn't see a truck that's stopped "but my car did" he says. I think as motorcyclist we are in big trouble when more of these systems are in lower priced cars and people thing, no, expect the darn thing to protect them. But they won't protect us because we are paying attention and run ourselves off the road trying to not get hit. Where did having some responsibility when your behind the wheel go?
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+1 on those commercials. When i first saw them I was like "Uh - - Oh"
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They have eyes and a brain, it's concentrating on texting on their cell phone.

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It's a convenient boogeyman, but it's not stupidity or cell-phones alone that is to blame, there is science behind why people don't see motorcycles, and it's not something that (according to what I've read) has any common indicator. Police, delivery drivers, soccer moms and even other motorcyclists have pulled in front of a bike and caused an accident.

Best thing you can do is to run some hi-viz/auxillary lighting, and create some horizontal movement as you approach a driver waiting to turn left or enter traffic. These help, and then to have an "out" if they start to move.

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Funny thing is, I always see the bike. I wonder why those scientific reasons don't apply to me? And in my experience, when you displace responsibility (for seeing oncoming traffic, or staying in your lane) then humans come to rely on that. I expect people can be taught to actually pay attention. These devices enable innattention. "Hey, the car will let me know if I start drifting into another lane. Let me answer that text". Too bad, when the driver goofs, the engine doesn't shut off for 15 minutes (after a 1 minute warning period) to let the driver think about the error. Or perhaps records the incident and notifies the police to issue a citation. Now that is technology I could support.
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joke

Swingset, was trying for a joke that apparently failed.

Drivers don't see bikes because they arn't looking for bikes, they are looking for cars and trucks, bikes just don't register.

Don't ever believe that the driver has eye contact with you, the odds are great that they are instead looking right past you.

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Funny thing is, I always see the bike. I wonder why those scientific reasons don't apply to me? And in my experience, when you displace responsibility (for seeing oncoming traffic, or staying in your lane) then humans come to rely on that. I expect people can be taught to actually pay attention. These devices enable innattention. "Hey, the car will let me know if I start drifting into another lane. Let me answer that text". Too bad, when the driver goofs, the engine doesn't shut off for 15 minutes (after a 1 minute warning period) to let the driver think about the error. Or perhaps records the incident and notifies the police to issue a citation. Now that is technology I could support.
Not trying to bash or anything, but how would you know if you didn't see a motorcycle. Something to think about.
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