Mexico City’s bumper-to-bumper traffic is a problem for the sprawling capital city’s cyclists.
A Mexican-made ‘intelligent’ cycle jacket could prove to be the solution the daily tussle between cars and bikes.
Two inventors have developed a cyclist’s vest complete with indicators, brake lights and an alert systems that can call for help.
The ‘Safe Ride’ jacket is fitted with LED technology across the back and divided into three parts. The central part of the jacket stays permanently lit to provide illumination whilst the side lights act just like car indicators with the movement of the left or right arm determining which side of the jacket will light up.
Damian Real, a physics students, came up with the design for the smart bike jacket with his partner Riberto Rivas, a maths major, at Mexico’s National Autonomous University.
Real says what sets it apart from its rivals is the ‘Safe Ride’ jacket’s ability to calls for help in the event of an accident via your smartphone. Any sudden stop in acceleration will send off an alert message for help with your location. In case of a false alarm the cyclist can cancel the alert.
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