Skoda has launched new technology on the latest version of its Octavia that prevents drivers from opening cars into the path of cyclists.

The system, known as Exit Warning, is a new safety system to help reduce what’s known as ‘dooring’, where a cyclist is hit by the door of a parked vehicle opened by a driver or passenger. It will come as standard as part of the blind-spot detection system on SE L First Edition models.

The technology can detect hazards to the rear of car up to 35 meters away and at an angle of 120 degrees and will alert the driver or passengers via visual and sound warnings. Exit Warning isn’t the only system designed to help protect cyclists as it also features Predictive Cycling Protection, which warns of cyclists in front of the car and will automatically apply the brakes if it suspects a collision is imminent.

A spokesperson at Skoda UK said: “The all-new fourth-generation Octavia is the most technologically advanced Skoda yet and one of the most cycle-friendly cars on the market.

“Naturally cyclists face daily challenges associated with cycling on busy roads, including avoiding car doors as they open. The technology introduced in the new Octavia, particularly Exit Warning, is there to assist drivers in helping to mitigate and reduce potential accidents.”

The fourth-generation version of the Octavia is available to order now with prices starting at £22,390, and is available in both five-door hatch and estate version.