A new helmet developed by a trio of companies in Sweden alerts cyclists of approaching vehicles and vice versa. The designers hope that the helmet will reduce the number of bicyclist accidents each year. It’s not yet available, though, and the technology will only be available in Volvo cars. But the developers hope that other car manufacturers will develop similar technology.
Swedish Companies Team Up to Create Helmet
A group of three Swedish companies – automaker Volvo, tech firm Ericsson, and sports equipment maker POC – teamed up to create a smart helmet that notifies both drivers and cyclists of the other’s proximity. Revealed at the International Consumer Electronics Tradeshow in January 2015, the helmet offers innovative technology and never-before-seen protections for cyclists.
A Safer Way to Bike: How the Smart Helmet Works
The smart helmet works via smartphone cycling apps. The apps connect to the helmet and send updates to drivers’ cars regarding the cyclist’s location. The apps send the signals to a cloud and the vehicle will alert drivers via a heads-up display when cyclists are nearby. Cyclists, meanwhile, will receive a warning in the form of flashing red lights and vibrations when a car comes too close. This allows both the driver and the vehicle to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
Unfortunately, the technology only currently works with helmets manufactured with the software (the technology can’t be purchased separately) and will work only with Volvo vehicles. However, many speculate that the smart helmet and other devices may become more widespread as the technology develops and becomes more accessible.
In the meantime, make sure you purchase a safe bicycle helmet for yourself or your child to reduce the risk of a head injury in the event of a wreck.
If You’ve Been in a Bike Accident, Contact an Attorney Today
The smart helmet idea can help alert drivers and bicyclists – who possess the appropriate technology – of an impending danger. But it cannot eliminate negligence. Drivers – whether they have the safety technology or not – may still decide to cut off bicyclists, fail to provide them adequate room, or turn in front of one. If this leads to an accident, the bicyclist may take legal action to recover damages.
If a driver in Pennsylvania hits you, talk to a local attorney about your case. Depending upon the specifics of your case, you may be able to recover damages for all of your financial expenses and non-financial expenses, like pain and suffering. Give us a call at Cordisco & Saile LLC if you require legal assistance. Call our offices now at 215-642-2335 or contact us via our online contact form.