What do you associate most with childhood walks? The majority will answer that it’s a bike. For some people, it becomes an integral part of adult life. Besides, over the past few years, bicycles have become more than a means of entertainment and sports: now it’s the most convenient, eco-friendly and economical mode of transport.
Every day a huge number of people use bikes for various purposes: children, walking with friends; travelers, going on bicycle tours; office staff, moving around the city; athletes for training. The most important thing they all need is security.
To help cyclists and protect them from all sorts of accidents have become the main goals of the U.S.-Israeli startup Roadwarez. Its founders create accessories (backpacks, sweatshirts, waistcoats) with integrated LED panels that signal the cyclist’s manoeuvres while riding and increase their safety level on the roads. As Roadwarez and Devlight wanted to bring maximum benefit and value to the end users, they decided to develop a mobile app.
The lack of accessible accessories that could improve the safety of cyclists on the road
Create comfortable and affordable accessories that would bring the safety and visibility of the cyclist to the next level
Although Roadwarez teams are located in Europe, Israel, the U.S., Hong Kong, and Ukraine, they managed to build internal communications and optimize joint work.
The first thing the team had to do was to set up a high-quality and continuous connection between the accessories and the mobile app. It was required to make the LEDs on the backpacks and waistcoats clearly show the cyclist’s maneuvers while riding. Therefore, the Devlight team used Bluetooth technology and configured everything in such a way that the signals from the app to the accessories module arrive without delay. Thus, they always display relevant information.
Location tracking requires a constant Internet connection. Route planning is carried out using the Google Maps API service. Therefore, the main tasks of the Devlight team were to optimize the interaction with the map service, as well as to reduce the consumption of the user Internet traffic. The team has configured everything in such a way that the mobile app uses only coordinates to track movements. Addresses are loaded only when the user saves a specific route. Since the app transmits only the necessary minimum of information, both user’s costs for the Internet and startup’s for using Google services are reduced.
Startup Roadwarez and the Devlight team constantly monitor technology innovations. To keep the user experience at a high level, they periodically conduct a design session and plan new functionality, as well as improve the firmware of accessories. Users have the ability, and accessory updates as the interactions between them happen via Bluetooth.
Startup Roadwarez together with the Devlight team created an innovative solution for such a socially important subject as cyclist safety. During the development and presentations, the project received a lot of positive feedback. Now the startup is raising funds on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
The primary emphasis was placed on high-quality app implementation. Teams created a unique and useful product that helps to reduce the number of the accidents on the roads. Due to this, not only cyclists feel more confident and safer but also drivers can prevent possible incidents.