volvo car UK reintroduces ‘lifepaint’, the hugely popular reflective spray designed to increase the visibility and safety of cyclists. the swedish automaker introduced the safety product back in 2015 and now, it is available to buy online in time for the longest night of the year, wednesday 21 december. ‘lifepaint’ is an innovative product that can react to a vehicle’s headlights, brightly illuminating bikers while warning drivers of their presence in the dark. we have been fortunate enough to see products launched with cyclist-safety at the core recently including the ‘CYLO 1’ bicycle with integrated brake lights, and the glow-in-the-dark solar-powered cycle lane in poland this year. with over 19,000 cyclists injured on the UK’s roads every year, the long dark winter nights are the perfect time to reintroduce this potentially life-saving safety product.

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volvo’s ‘lifepaint’ is invisible in daylight, but in the dark reflects light in the same direction as the light source, shining brightly to illuminate the objects it has been sprayed on. the spray sticks to dry textiles and is most effective on fibrous materials such as cotton, fleece, linen and certain nylons. it can also be applied to shoes, helmets, pushchairs and children’s backpacks – and even dog leads and collars.

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can also be applied to a variety of materials



‘lifepaint’ can wash off, and will not affect the color or surface of a chosen material. it will last for approximately one week after application, depending on what surface it is sprayed onto and how is applied. the swedish-automaker is working in partnership with the makers of ‘lifepaint’, fellow-compatriots and start-up albedo100, to distribute the product online and via its dealer network. 

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over 19,000 cyclists injured on the UK’s roads every year     

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will not affect the color or surface of materials

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volvo XC90 features ‘City Safety’ to protect pedestrians

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  • Cool… I need to order some!


    JimCan says:
  • Ooooo… after reading the reviews (lucky there is an internet) I don’t think I will be ordering any. ..but thanks for presenting a nice idea for some young science student to make right.


    JimCan says:
  • For everyone else who is looking for the link to this:

    Why do you always link to all sorts of things, but never to the actual product? And why do you never reply to comments? I’m starting to think designboom is just a clever algorithm..

    Armin says:

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