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Spoke announces partnership to improve safety for vulnerable road users

Gabby Fernie

Spoke, a mobility platform for safety, connectivity, and rich rider experiences has announced plans to bring connected technology to vulnerable road users (VRUs) using Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) solutions from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

The solution will see communications shared between devices up to around 1,000m apart. These messages will convey useful safety information to drivers such as upcoming hazards, or the presence of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians, or e-scooter riders on the road.

In its partnership with Qualcomm, Spoke has developed a smartphone-sized C-V2X device that can be paired with a bike computer and which will improve a driver’s situational awareness of upcoming hazards and vulnerable road users.

The device can also receive messages from C-V2X-equipped vehicles to alert riders to hazards around them, messages which can be displayed on smartphones or compatible bike computers.

Spoke is also working with various scooter, bicycle, and motorcycle manufacturers on associated programmes. Spoke’s portfolio, which will also include modem-based communications, will be launching with their OEM bicycle, motorcycle, and scooter partners in 2022.

“Spoke was born from a passion to reduce rider vulnerability, prevent crashes and save lives using an innovative adaption of technology that is available today. There is tremendous opportunity to deliver a safer, richer, more dynamic trip experience,” said CEO of Spoke, Jarrett Wendt. “We are confident that through our work with various stakeholders, including Qualcomm Technologies, we will be able to reach our goal of including the most vulnerable road users in the intelligent transportation ecosystem equation. We expect Qualcomm Technologies’ industry-leading C-V2X technologies to elevate Spoke’s safety and mobility portfolio, helping us all arrive home safely.”