Sunday, June 27, 2010
The system, consisting of a global positioning system (GPS) and online map technologies, automatically issues a warning to the leader of a bike convoy equipped with smartphones when any member of the group lags far behind, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a recent statement.
"When you get lost or have a flat tire, all you have to do is to press a button and you can immediately inform others of your situation," the ministry said.
The system is aimed not just at enhancing the safety of cyclists but also to help them share their fun, according to the ministry.
"Bikers can use a feature to share photos or videos with their family members to show where they are and what they have seen along the trip," the statement said.
"Police officers are taking part in the event to help promote awareness of fraud, drug abuse prevention and teenager protection, with 77 police stations included in the itinerary.
Cho said he hopes the event will help improve family relations and strengthen ties between the community and the police."