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360-Degree Camera-Based Tech Will Make Riding Safer

The aptly named startup, Ride Vision, has introduced a camera system that warns the rider if a vehicle comes too close for comfort

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Many people are not aware of this option and they choose the conventional single year policy for bike insurance. Pixabay

It is no hidden fact that most of the general public consider motorcycle riding an easier way to be checked into a hospital. Not surprising then this sentiment has had an adverse effect on motorcycle sales.

To overcome this, many big manufacturers like Ducati (Ducati Motorcycles To Get Radar) and KTM (KTM Developing Sensor-Based Active Safety Technology) have been developing futuristic laser- and radar-based technologies to avoid accidents and collisions. Now, an Israeli startup has joined the bandwagon with its ‘Collision Aversion Technology’ (CAT).

The aptly named startup, Ride Vision, has introduced a camera system that warns the rider if a vehicle comes too close for comfort. This system works with the help of two cameras fitted at the front and rear of the motorcycle. They cover an area of 180 degrees each, giving the system a combined all-round view of the road.

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Ducati. Pixabay

While this may sound simple in theory, applying it in practice is another challenge. There are tons of factors to consider. No two motorcycles are exactly alike. If you were to fit this system on every motorcycle, you’d need to recalibrate the cameras to every bike’s size, shape and design. Then there is also the matter of keeping it light and compact so as to not add more weight to the ride.

Clearly, with many concerns to address, it is hard to tell if this technology will ever see the light of the day. For example, the ECU needs to be smart enough to differentiate a potential threat from a bike or a car, along with more information. On the brighter side though, the company has raised 2.5 million dollars in funding, which should enable them with the required R&D of the product.

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While the Knight Rider-esque motorcycles are still a few good years away, this certainly can be called a step in the right direction. Rest assured we will be bringing you every update involving rider safety technology.

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Chinese Smartphone Maker OPPO Working on Under-display Camera Phone

If under-display cameras become a thing, that will be a saving grace for the smartphone players

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OPPO Adopts New Gorilla Glass 6 Technology earlier this year. Flickr

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO is reportedly working on an under-display camera technology as its Vice President Brian Shen on Monday posted a short video clip on Weibo of what appears to be a notch-free prototype.

The 15-second video shows the top half of the phone which doesn’t seem to have a notch or camera cut-out of any kind.

“At this stage, it’s difficult for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, there’s bound to be some loss in optical quality,” wrote Shen.

“But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away.”

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OPPO said it would work together with industry partners worldwide to develop a new 5G ecosystem. (IANS)

The company has not revealed anything about the device in the demo.

It could be an early prototype, which could be showcased later this year or early next year at Consumer Eelectronics Show or Mobile World Congress.

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Under-display cameras have been in testing for quite some time now by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung.

If under-display cameras become a thing, that will be a saving grace for the smartphone players. (IANS)