CityVerve is pleased to announce the launch of a new project with See.Sense, the winner of the BT SME Award for Connected Cities. The innovative project involves distribution of the See.Sense ICON+, a sensor enabled and connected bike light, to up to 180 cyclists across Manchester. As well as keeping the cyclist safer on the road, the ICON+ light gathers a wide range of anonymised sensor data to help inform city planners how to improve cycling infrastructure and policies to promote cycling in the city.

FutureEverything have been supporting the development of this work by carrying out user research at the National Clean Air day in June (the picture above is participants testing VR to build confidence, before heading out on the road!), as part of our wider work bringing Human Centred Design to CityVerve. We’re also pleased to be one of the collection points for cyclists, more details on signing up here!

The award winning lights are designed specifically to be daylight visible, enhancing cyclist safety in all lighting conditions, and were recently voted ‘Best Bike Gadget’ by readers of road.cc, the UK’s biggest online cycling website. The light uses its sensor technology to flash brighter and faster in riskier situations such as road junctions and roundabouts. The sensors can also anonymously gather data on the cyclist’s environment such as the quality of the road surface as well as cycling routes, accidents and near-miss events – providing qualitative data that is highly accurate and allowing the city to be mapped like never before. The anonymised data is aggregated on BT’s IoT Information Exchange platform, making it available to the wider CityVerve ecosystem of innovators.

The lights are heavily subsidised as part of the trial and will be available to participants for only £10 instead of the usual RRP of £79.99 but must be collected at nominated collection points (including FutureEverything!).  The trial will run from the 14th of August until the end of the CityVerve demonstrator, and the cyclists can keep using their light at the end of the trial. Cyclists interested in participating in the trial, should register their interest at https://seesense.cc/pages/manchester