Starting in 2017, Tome has been working on various projects within a larger program related to open and collaborative Bicycle to Vehicle (B2V) safety. Tome has engaged with multiple companies from the cycling, automotive, and smart city industries in order to find solutions to create communication between Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) and vehicles.
Automotive Solutions For Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs)
Sensors on bicycles, scooters, mobile phones, and signs. B2V converts sensor data to device dynamics.
Create industry standard Basic Safety Messages (BSMs) from sensors on bicycles, scooters, and rider accessories over Bluetooth 5, C-V2X, or DSRC.
Provide auto OEM safety system inputs for ADAS and AV systems based on SAE standards for tracking non-line of site (NLOS) VRUs.
Vulnerable Road User Data
Generating and storing vulnerability indices data for automotive, smart city and university simulation and product teams.
2019 B2V Workshop (Detroit, MI)
Over 100 attendees from 65 organizations representing the bicycle and automotive industries, academia, and government teams met at a workshop organized by Tome Software in Detroit, Michigan on August 13 and 14, 2019.
Ford and Tome provided live demonstrations of B2V technology opportunities. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss advanced vehicle technologies and connectivity in relation to bicycle safety. The conversation also embraced topics of concern for other vulnerable roadway users such as pedestrians and persons using scooters.
Key findings included user experience requirements and prioritization for drivers and cyclists (including device charging requirements), technical common ground between the automotive and cycling industry on Bluetooth 5.0, and shared understanding of key vulnerable use cases.
Tome was able to show that Bluetooth 5.0 is an effective way to represent the VRU within a traditionally vehicle-centric safety context. Previously, it was widely assumed that a dedicated V2V messages required specific V2V RF components. This demonstration showed that V2V messaging could be accomplished with standard components.
Technical development is needed on the shared message sets for communication between bicycles and vehicles. Much of the groundwork has been completed by the automotive V2V standards. However changes will be needed to apply for cyclists and other VRU categories.
Additionally, a continued engagement between auto and bicycle industries is also needed to further drive standards and keeping the focus on VRU needs. Tome is working with the B2V advisory board member companies on formally creating or joining a consortium and contributing standards through SAE and other appropriate standards groups.
B2V In The News
In The News
Bosch rides e-bike growth from startup to major businessJanuary 07, 2022
Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Hastens Beacons For Bicyclists And Pedestrians Enabling Detection By Connected CarsNovember 08, 2021
Keeping Cyclists Safer with Technology – RiDAR, Bicycle-to-Vehicle, e-Beacons and MoreFebruary 17, 2021
Ford, Trek, Bosch Partner On Bicycle-To-Vehicle CommunicationFebruary 01, 2021
‘Critical milestone’ reached in developing bicycle-to-vehicle communication standard to increase rider safetyJanuary 20, 2021
Bike And Carmakers Just Want Our Rides To Talk To Each OtherJanuary 20, 2021
Ford is researching safety tech allowing bikes, e-scooters to ‘talk’ to carsJanuary 20, 2021
CES 2021: Bicycles Want To Get Into The Connected Vehicle GameJanuary 20, 2021
The Tech That Might Help Cyclists and Cars Coexist SafelyOctober 12, 2020
Aviva Canada reveals first batch of start-ups participating in road safety acceleratorJanuary 20, 2020
This Royal Oak company is creating bicycle-to-vehicle communication tech to prevent cyclist deathsNovember 07, 2019
Office IQ designed to lower healthcare costs and help improve employee healthAugust 22, 2018
Tome Software innovates for safer cyclingJuly 13, 2018
5 Changes Cities Can Make Right Now to Reduce Cyclist DeathsJune 26, 2018
Not That’s A Bright Idea! Cycling Jacket Prompts Riders To Turn, Shows Others When They DoJune 13, 2018
Tome, Trek and Ford form organization to make roads safer for cyclistsMay 18, 2018
Can Ford and Trek Save Cyclists’ Lives?May 16, 2018
Tome, Trek, Ford Collaborate on Bike-to-Vehicle Safety StandardsMay 09, 2018
Finalists chosen for EY Entrepreneur of the Year AwardMay 09, 2018
Ford, bike makers unveil bike-to-vehicle (B2V) interactive road safety A.I.May 09, 2018
The Monday Round-Up: Vanhoenaker Notches 17th WinMay 07, 2018
Cycling and motor titans team on historic new cycle-centric boardMay 03, 2018
Pink pulleys; pricey carbon cranks; seven unmissable Giro stages: Daily News DigestMay 03, 2018
Ten major bike companies join Trek, Ford and Tome on bicycle-to-vehicle technology advisory boardMay 02, 2018
10 bike companies join Ford Motor Company and Trek to make cycling saferMay 02, 2018
From their office nest in metro Detroit, Tome’s wise, challenge hungry owls live to take on the world’s most-intriguing tech puzzles. Led by serial entrepreneurs Jake Sigal and Massimo Baldini, Tome operates in the Internet of Things tech space, specializing in the development of mobility IoT software solutions. Tome manages the end-to-end product lifecycle to conceive, craft, pilot and launch solutions to real-world problems. Hailed as TechWeek Detroit’s 2017 Startup of the Year, Tome stocks its team with the right people and always gives them the best tools for the job. Sigal and Baldini founded Tome in 2014 after Ford acquired their first startup, Livio.