Anna Meares wanted eyes behind her head to grow to be one in all observe biking’s best sprinters.
Now the Australian two-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion is the face of latest helmet know-how that goals to provide any bike owner significantly better consciousness of their environment.
Australian firm Arenberg has partnered with Telstra to develop the Heads Up Helmet prototype.
Utilizing a video digicam mounted within the helmet and a 5G connection, the helmet alerts the bike owner to street hazards in actual time.
For instance the helmet can sound an alert a few automobile door opening, giving the rider time additional time to swerve round it.
As sci-fi because it sounds, Meares says it really works.
“Once I tried it, I did not know fairly what to anticipate … I used to be actually pleasantly stunned with how fast it was and the way clear it was in truly analysing,” she mentioned.
“It was simply good in having the ability to belief that know-how, that it was going to at the very least alert me to one thing.
“The potential to save lots of lives is big. We’re speaking fractions of a second.
“I have been so used to profitable or dropping races by a thousandth of a second. If it makes a special, probably saving lives by that margin, why not?”
As a part of the helmet, a head set sits on the bike owner’s ear bone and transmits alerts about street hazards.
The height nationwide biking physique AusCycling can also be endorsing the mission, which continues to be in growth.
Greater than three million Australians are using a motorbike each week – and 45 of them had been killed in street accidents within the 12 months to April 30, 2020.
On Sunday, hours earlier than Arenberg and Telstra went public with their helmet mission, a 72-year-old bike owner died after being hit by a automobile on the NSW central coast.
“There’s such a giant enhance in individuals who love using a motorbike,” mentioned Meares, who retired from competitors after the Rio Olympics and is now a leisure rider..
“The unhappy factor is, we’re nonetheless seeing manner too many (biking fatalities) – one is simply too excessive a quantity.
“The most important factor is it may possibly ship confidence to people who find themselves going to trip a motorbike.
“Individuals are telling me on a regular basis – I am too scared to get on the bike, I do not belief the street.”