Startup testing motorcycle helmet that calls for help in crash
The GPS-enabled helmet will contact emergency services if the motorcyclist should fall off the bike
By EMS1 Staff
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A startup company is currently testing a motorcycle helmet that will notify emergency services and family members if a crash occurs.
The helmet will also text family members in the situation, and it comes with Bluetooth, speakers, a heart rate sensor and a dashcam on the front of the helmet.
“If you fall off the bike, it sends a text message to your next of kin and calls an ambulance,” co-creator Waqas Khalil told Vice.com.
Khalil said the helmet was created in an effort to curb the high death toll caused by motorcycle crashes in Pakistan. The helmets will eventually be used to collect rider data on retail and restaurant use. That data would be sold to third-party advertisers. They also plan to use the helmet to learn more about driving trends around the country.
“We build anonymous data points. We will be able to see how people drive on different roads in Pakistan, high congestion areas and which roads are particularly dangerous,” Khalil said.
The helmet is currently in closed beta testing, but designers hope to have it market-ready by mid-2018, ranging between $50 and $99.
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