One of the first smart technologies was the smartphone, where everything was available at our fingertips. Then we saw smart cars that made driving more convenient for everyone. But tech companies are trying to develop a new smart gadget – a smart helmet.
In 2014, SKULLY Technologies tried to tackle this with its augmented-reality motorcycle helmet. The $1,399 helmet was designed to maximize riders’ safety on the roads with 180-degree rear-view camera and audio-cued GPS navigation.
However, the product launch was deemed a failure with a mountain of technical issues and lawsuits in the years that followed. Since that time, more companies have tried to develop their version of the smart helmet, like the Tali LED helmet and Jarvish’s smart helmet with a built-in 2K HD action camera.
Only the beginning
Smart helmets are an emerging technology. However, it’s not yet feasible to rely on smart helmets to protect Pennsylvanian motorcyclists. Until the helmets are perfected and affordable, riders can rely on other protective gear to keep them safe on the winter roads. Some of that gear includes:
- Long pants (either leather or heavy denim)
- Long sleeve shirt, sweater and/or jacket
- Protective riding glasses/sunglasses
- Boots or shoes that cover your ankles
Also, if you choose to wear a helmet, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recommends you find one with a DOT symbol on the outside back of the helmet. You could also look for Snell and ANSI labels to ensure that the helmet meets the standards of private, non-profit organizations.
Hopefully, riders will have the best technologies available to them soon, but until that happens, make sure to drive safely as safely as possible, are aware of other motorists and follow proper protocol after crashes.