Recently, we held a special Innovation Day for the media in Amsterdam to highlight some of the fantastic things that our R&D guys are doing in areas such as the Internet of Things, NFC, and the connected car.
Elsewhere on the blog and at the automotive section of the NXP site you’ll find plenty of insight about our vision on the car of the future, where vehicles talk to each other and the traffic infrastructure around them to shorten journey times, reduce CO2 emissions and avoid accidents.
One of the demoes we showed to the media at the Innovation Day was based on our Automotive Telematics On-board Platform (ATOP) solution – but instead of using the ATOP chip in a car, this demo showed how the solution could also be applied to bicycles.
This year, cyclists at the cancer fundraising event Alpe d’HuZes were equipped with technology from NXP and NSPYRE. Using the ATOP chip, live data such as cycling speed, slope and the heart rate of each cyclist was streamed to the internet. This allowed friends and family back home to view the exact position and physical condition of participants as they climbed the Alps by bicycle – six times in one day!
The demo shows how information from the cyclists is transferred securely over a GPRS link and is visualized on a website. It also shows how vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, can be automatically alerted to the approach of fast-moving emergency vehicles, demonstrating how future-facing telematics solutions enable road users and their vehicles to communicate with each other as part of an Intelligent Traffic System.
Check out the video of the demo here:
Let us know how you’d like to see road users to connect and ‘talk’ to each other in the future – what data would you like to share?