High-Tech Bike Helmet Sensor Calls For Help If You Crash

Bike commuting is a quickly growing trend, especially in urban areas. Now, more than ever before, people are reaching for a bike lock and helmet when they need to get somewhere, instead of reaching for the car keys. With so many people giving bikes a try, cities have been scrambling to provide safe infrastructure for this new type of commuter.

Bike lanes and trails are a great way to keep bikers out of the normal traffic flow, but they don’t always end up where we want to go. That means there are still plenty of two-wheeled commuters on the street and in bike lanes, crossing their fingers that car drivers are paying attention. What would happen if there was an accident? In addition to keeping your gray matter inside your skull, a helmet equipped with ICEdot’s new Crash Sensor system can also phone for help if a crash occurs.

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Image via ICEdot

ICEdot is a membership based emergency identification and notification system. The idea is to keep your membership card (key fob, sticker, snap, or bracelet) on you at all times. If an emergency occurs, your vital information and contacts will be easily accessible, and your loved ones will be notified right away.

Recently, ICEdot has been developing portable sensors that can do even more. The Crash Sensor is a slim device that will mount as an aftermarket device onto any helmet. When paired with the ICEdot app on a smart phone, the system is able to detect motion, changes in forces and impacts. If it determines that the wearer has suffered a crash, it will automatically sound an alarm and initiate an emergency countdown (this prevents the sensor from calling the cavalry if the crash isn’t serious). Unless the countdown clock is stopped, the app will then notify your emergency contacts and send GPS coordinates of the incident so that appropriate follow up actions can be taken.

As this review points out, the Crash Sensor was devised for cyclists, but there are a number of situations in which it could be helpful. Snowboarding or skiing in the back country, rock climbing, construction workers, team sports and motor sports could all benefit from the sensor’s alert capabilities.

According to GearJunkie, the ICEdot sensor will debut at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas later this month. It’s estimated to cost about $200 for the sensor and app package when it comes to market next year.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog