Smart Helmets to Enhance On-road Experience as well as Safety

July, 2019

Exponential advances in technology and advancement in hardware components have significantly reduced barriers for developing technology based helmets. New age helmets are integrated with high-tech systems making them smart helmets. These helmets include built-in microphones, speakers, rear-facing cameras, and several other features. For instance, the Livall Bling BH60 has built-in LED strips providing riders more visibility as well as indicating the direction in which they will turn. The helmet is also equipped with a fall detection system that generates alerts on such incidents.

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Considering this, hardware component providers are focusing on developing devices that will fulfill needs such as affordability and ease in usage. Smart helmet consists of augmented reality (AR) that provides an immersive view of the surrounding. Based on device type, the smart helmet can be categorized as full helmet, half helmet, and others, while based on end-user it is categorized as automotive, industrial, firefighting, and others.

Smart helmets are predominately being used in the automotive sector however areas such as construction and firefighting are expected to have significant contribution in the coming years. Advances in technology and growing safety concerns along with the in-smart devices are strengthening the demand for smart helmets across the globe. These helmets are powered by augmented reality and a sensor. Smart helmets are enhancing situational awareness and improving efficiency by offering more information to users in real-time.

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Due to the continuous demand for lighter weight and safe helmets, the vendors are forced to use specialized materials that can provide light weight as well as safety.  For instance, companies are using carbon fiber and fiberglass for weight reduction and impact detection sensors for enhanced safety. This is increasing the cost of production and creating a challenging environment for smart helmet manufacturers.

Few of the key happenings are detailed below:

  • In 2018, Jarvish (a Taiwan-based firm) launched smart helmet for motorcycle. This helmet is equipped with voice control, noise cancellation, built-in memory to enhance on-road experience. X-AR also includes an AR-powered head-up display (HUD) for visual instructions.

  • In 2018, Borderless introduced CrossHelmet which is a smart helmet with 360-degree visibility. This helmet is equipped with a bifocal head-up display as well as rear-facing camera.

Conclusively, with growing adoption of technologies, smart helmets will become more adaptive supported by advancing hardware and software components. Considering significant demand in automotive, smart helmets will also certainly spread across verticals such as adventure sports and firefighting. Smart helmets are expected to play an important role by providing individual safety and enhanced on-road experience.

– Rahul Kumar Pandey
ICT – Research Analyst
Infoholic Research