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In our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of practicing motorcycle safety, particularly in the wake of fatal accidents that have occurred in Toronto/the GTA.
This blog post will look at some recent developments in technology aimed at improving motorcycle safety.
According to a GlobalNews.ca article, a free motorcycle app, EatSleepRIDE Motorcycle GPS developed by Canadians is partnering with Harley-Davidson Canada. The app, aims to be the best tracking, social and safety app for motorcyclists. The app uses GPS technology to track the user’s route, which also allows the user to save favourite roads/routes and connect with fellow riders. The app allows for real-time communication between riders in a ride group, and it can help make sure someone does not get left behind. The safety feature that is unique to EatSleepRide is called “CrashLight”, which allows the app user to pick up to 3 contacts that the app can contact by email, text or phone to notify in the event an accident. As the app uses GPS technology, the contact would be able to find out the exact location of the friend or family member.
According to this article from Wired.com, an Israeli company, Autotalks, is working with the industry supplier, Bosch, towards developing and testing a Wi-Fi based communication system that can detect vehicles in close proximity to motorcycle riders, whether they are or not they are already in view, and alert the ride to an imminent collision, and ideally providing enough time to avoid a crash altogether.
The technology would be considered “bike-to-vehicle” (B2V) communication system that uses what is known as short-range communication technology (like Wi-Fi) to exchange information like speed, location, braking mode and other information with nearby vehicles that have similar hardware. The technology is to be tested on Ducati motorcycles. The technology would alert the rider of a threat with an audio or visual cue.
Another interesting technology that has emerged is from a company, SignalWear that created the first ‘smart’ motorcycle gloves, “Smart Signal Blinking Gloves”. These gloves automatically blink when the rider changes lanes or is turning, with the idea being that this would be more visible to other drivers.
Another new safety feature you could purchase for motorcycle safety is a “smart brake light”, called BrakeFree. It is an LED brake light that you can mount to the back of your motorcycle helmet and is rechargeable using a micro-USB cable. The light alerts those driving behind you by getting brighter, as it senses when your motorcycle slows down. There is a specific light pattern when it detects emergency braking. The BrakeFree light is also always on once mounted to your helmet, and as such, it is helpful for improving visibility for any time of day.
Improving visibility to other road users is a very important component of motorcycle safety, as is seen by these emerging technologies.
The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates have helped clients who have been injured as a result of motor vehicle accidents, including motorcyclists. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an accident, you can call our office to book a free consultation with a licensed lawyer at a date and time that is convenient for you.
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