This seems like a promising development:
According to New Scientist, the pair have developed a prototype door that uses a range of sensors to detect any oncoming dangers, and work in concert with an accelerometer in the door to prevent it from being opened. What’s more, the sensors are apparently also able to detect the proximity of the object and adjust the resistance of the door accordingly — for instance, slowing the door down if you’re about to slam it into a lamp post.
My hope, of course, would be that this will prevent careless drivers from opening a car door right in the path of an oncoming bicyclist. But if you drive regularly and don’t yet own this fabulous technology, please do take a second before opening the door in your parked car to check for this scenario. Bad things can happen otherwise.