An Australian-first trial using smart bike light technology that will assist in finding new ways to reduce road trauma in cyclists is being launched by the Victorian Government in Australia.

The 12-month trial will see a diverse group of 1,000 Victorians given access to a See.Sense smart bike light, with the technology capturing crucial road safety insights, as well as providing safety benefits in the form of increased visibility.

The technology will gather data such as crash events, near-miss incidents, abrupt acceleration and deceleration, swerving, road conditions, average speeds, dwell time and rider feedback.

The light operates in tandem with a smartphone app, which transmits data, while additional safety features include a brighter flash in high-risk situations, such as intersections, and when riders brake.

“We pride ourselves on exploring new and innovative ways to improve road safety in Victoria, and this Australian-first trial is a truly global initiative aimed at better understanding what people who ride bikes experience on our roads,” said Transport Accident Commission Acting CEO Liz Cairns.

The Transport Accident Commission collaborated with Northern Ireland cycling technology company See.Sense to develop the trial, which will also involve research partners Deakin University and iMOVE CRC.

The See.Sense light has been trialed with government authorities in Dublin, London, the Netherlands and Manchester, but the Victorian trial will be the largest of its kind.