What is the Motorcycle Blindspot Camera?

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The Problem:

Motorcycle related accidents are the most dangerous in the automobile world. This is especially true for the motorcyclist as compared to his fellow motorists. While the national trend in the US shows a declining rate of automobile fatalities, motorcycle related deaths continue to increase. The smaller mass of motorcycles and the exposed nature of the rider leaves the motorcyclist at the mercy of cars and trucks. The physical constraints of motorcycles limit newer safety systems and force the motorcyclist to rely solely on situational awareness. Figure 1 illustrates the disproportionate occurence of accidents for motorcyclists compared to other motorists.

Our Solution:

The “Motorcycle Blindspot Camera” seeks to improve motorcycle safety by providing a greater safety system than traditional rear-view mirrors. This product uses proximity sensors and video feedback to minimize the rider’s physical effort in scanning his surroundings thus allowing a safer and more comfortable biking experience.

By the end of the project’s life, our group aims to deliver the following product as described. The “Motorcycle Blindspot Camera” is a suite of electronic systems that the end user can mount onto a motorcycle. This product uses a camera which provides the rider with a detailed view of oncoming traffic to the rear of the motorcycle. The camera is housed in a weather and shock proof assembly mounted on the rear of a motorcycle. The two rearward flanks of the motorcycle will be monitored by ultrasound rangefinders. These rangefinders will wirelessly communicate their readings to the processing and display unit in order to minimize the inconvenience of wires. A tablet mounted above the motorcycle dash receives input from the camera and the rangefinders. This tablet acts as the display and interface unit. It combines the side proximity readings to provide the rider with situational information in a HUD-like view. The tablet will display a video feed of the rear, warn of imminent obstacles to the rearward flanks, and highlight all vehicles in the video. The rider can then operate his vehicle without having to look behind his shoulders. This will improve both rider safety and comfort. Figure 1 shows the areas around the motorcycle our project aims to cover. The system block diagram is presented by Figure 2.

At the conclusion of the project a functioning system prototype can be expected and installed on a motorcycle to demonstrate the efficiency and safety the “Motorcycle Blindspot Camera” would offer its customers.

The Motorcycle Blindspot Camera in Action:


Figure 1 - Motorcycle Accident Statistics

*Based off http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_01_11.htm



Figure 2 - Proposed Sensor Layout



Figure 3 - System Block Diagram