Yay for this. I can't count the number of times I've had to swerve wide of cyclists to avoid one of those tense situations between wary bikers and impatient drivers vying for road dominance. It can be particularly challenging for people in countries where there's no bike lane set aside for bipedal locomotion. So having something like the LightLane go from concept to commercial production would be good news, indeed.
This patent-pending little gizmo was originally created for a design competition. Although the concept did not win, the inventors received an encouraging response and are continuing development.
The product clips onto the back of the seat bar, uses super-bright red LEDs and two high-visibility diode-pumped solid state green lasers to project a virtual light path on the ground around the cyclist. The result is a recognizable boundary that's clearly visible to drivers.
Hopefully, when this device finally goes to market, the transport authorities will make it compulsory as a safety add-on for all cyclists. Watch a video after the jump.