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Taiwan:Smart helmets aim to help motorcyclists and insurers

04 Aug 2017

Taiwan-based company Jarvish is building smart helmets that would make it safer for riding one of the most accident-prone categories of vehicles -- the motorcyle.

The helmets will also help motorcyclists get better pricing from insurers.

Jarvish installs sensors inside motorcycle helmets to measure user behaviour. The smart helmets can track speed, how hard the rider brakes, how tight they turn corners, when and where they travel, as well as external factors such as traffic conditions, reports Forbes.

“If we can monitor the rider and understand the behaviour, we can evaluate the risk,” explains Jarvish co-founder and CTO, Younger Liang. “If you can rank the risk, you can score accordingly to give the user a different pricing proposal.”

He says studies show that if the user understands the benefit of the system, which is to save money, they will change their behaviour, leading to safer driving.

The Taiwanese firm delivered their first 1,000 units in February. The startup is now capturing data from these early adopters and evaluating feedback to improve the product before mass producing.

Current approved features include a voice command Bluetooth entertainment system linked to drivers' smartphones; audio navigation to help keep riders focused on the road; and, a preinstalled camera for event recording. The footage captured could be used as evidence in incident reports to help reconstruct accidents.

 

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