The statistics of motorcycle driver deaths compared to that of passengers in covered vehicles is shocking. Where passengers in covered vehicles experience a 20% rate of injury or death in an accident, motorcyclists quadruple that rate at 80%. This research shows that it’s actually pretty miraculous if someone doesn’t get injured or die from a motorcycle accident. But this statistic could change with the latest creation of New York designer, Joe Doucet. Going against the grain of regular motorcycle helmets, Doucet has created one that’s completely unique for a very bright reason.
Joe Doucet contemplated the current design of motorcycle helmets. He noticed that these helmets are made with the goal of protecting the skull and brain as much as possible in the case of an accident. While they are made well, Doucet wanted to take things a step further. Instead of protecting the body during an accident, why not prevent the accident from happening altogether? So, Doucet set out to make his latest venture: a motorcycle helmet that changes colors to alert the people behind the driver.
Doucet called his invention the Sotera Advanced Active Safety Helmet. Made out of synthetic Kevlar and polycarbonate, this helmet is both heat-resistant and durable. Just like regular helmets, the Sotera also has a see-through visor that’s used to protect the driver’s eyes from debris and rain. The main difference is the LED light panel that lines the bottom of the helmet. This light panel has built-in accelerometers in it, and just how the lights for car brakes work, these lights change to a red color when the driver is slowing down.
While traditional motorcycle lights are close to the ground, the Sotera alerts drivers behind the motorcycle at an eye level, effectively warning them when the cyclist is slowing down. With the increase of exciting safety features for motorcyclists, they can rest easy about their safety as they cruise down highways in their Harleys.