Kerala: 18-Yr-Old Develops 'Smart Helmet' To Reduce Traffic Accidents

Hailing from Mattancherry, Adon Joy designed a ‘smart helmet’ consisting of sensors that are connected to the two-wheeler via a mobile application. Without the helmet, the vehicle cannot be started.

Kerala   |   24 Sep 2020 5:30 AM GMT
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Kerala: 18-Yr-Old Develops Smart Helmet To Reduce Traffic Accidents

Image Credits: Adon Joy/Instagram

In a bid to tackle negligent and helmetless driving, one of the major reasons behind road fatalities, an 18-year-old in Kerala has come up with a unique helmet which can determine if the rider is under influence, reported The New Indian Express.

Hailing from Mattancherry, Adon Joy designed a 'smart helmet' consisting of sensors that are connected to the two-wheeler via a mobile application. Without the helmet, the vehicle cannot be started.

While Joy has been working on the technology for two years, his helmet became popular recently after videos of his innovation went viral on social media.

Joy has developed a GPS-based mobile app - 'My Scooty app' - which remotely controls the two-wheeler without a key. Furthermore, by sending an SMS, the app also helps to start or stop the vehicle. It also helps in tracking and controlling the vehicle in case of a theft.

The alcohol-detecting facility is linked to the bike's kickstart mechanism, thus preventing a drunk person from driving the vehicle.

"The buzzer inside the helmet beeps on detecting the presence of alcohol and the switches turn on only when the rider wears the helmet and tightens the straps," Joy was quoted as saying by the media.

In addition, the smart helmet, which costs ₹5,000, also has features such as an accident-detection facility through which the alert system enables to send messages seeking help via SMS to the family members in just 30 seconds.

Joy was recently praised by the officials of the Motor Vehicles Department in Mattancherry, Kochi, for his innovation.

The 18-year-old innovator completed an online course on Deep Learning Specialisation focusing on Artificial Intelligence by Stanford University during the lockdown, is currently doing an online course on Circuits and Electronics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also working on another application.

"I'm currently working on another invention, an application enabling self-driving in cars, which will soon be completed," he said.

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