Last week at the MCG I had the opportunity to present the Bike Bell Project as an example of real time GIS and discuss some of the technical findings of the project at the GeoNext Conference.

Once we all got our heads around the what3words referencing system (if you haven’t seen it – check it out, revolutionary to the location industry and hours of entertainment for the kids), the discussions around intelligent transport systems and infrastructure was thought provoking.  From our experience of the Bike Bell Project and analysis of some of the sample data we have collected ourselves, the path from where we are in todays world to one where driverless cars roam the streets will have some bumps along the way.  Whilst the relative accuracies of non differential GPS systems are encouraging, there are a number of interrelated components involved in these systems that have to be considered as a whole when assessing suitability.  For those of you who can remember your propagation of variances theory – all of these errors sum to form the total error in the position of the user – for both cyclists and drivers in this case.  Determining how we can notify road users to the presence of cyclists in an effective and meaningful manner (ie hear the bell and see the cyclist) is the real challenge of this project as we learn more about the constantly changing environment in which people are travelling.

We look forward to discovering more on this journey and sharing it with you.


More information about Bike Bell and how to get it.