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Student designs bike light to flag up danger hot spots

PUBLISHED: 12:12 16 April 2018

Product design student Jake Thompson, from Besthorpe in Norfolk, has created a bike light with a novel feature. PICTURE: Stuart Robinson, University of Sussex.

Product design student Jake Thompson, from Besthorpe in Norfolk, has created a bike light with a novel feature. PICTURE: Stuart Robinson, University of Sussex.

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A student from Besthorpe has designed an innovative new bike light that will help cyclists flag up danger hot spots to local authorities.

Product design student Jake Thompson, from Besthorpe in Norfolk, has created a bike light with a novel feature. PICTURE: Stuart Robinson, University of Sussex.Product design student Jake Thompson, from Besthorpe in Norfolk, has created a bike light with a novel feature. PICTURE: Stuart Robinson, University of Sussex.

Jake Thompson, product design student at University of Sussex, has created a bike light with three buttons which cyclists can use to flag up problems they encounter on their ride including potholes, close pass points and dangerous junctions.

The reports can then be loaded up onto a map through Bluetooth telling local councils where they have the biggest issues and where they should be focusing investment and troubleshooting methods.

The 24-year-old is now hoping for investors to help bring Flare, the first app-integrated smart bicycle light, to market by further developing the app, website and electronics.

Flare was presented by Mr Thompson at the Product Design Degree Show at the Attenborough Centre in the University of Sussex this week.

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