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Would you consider this useful?

#1 Unread post by hammeraxe » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:27 am

Hi, everyone!

We're a group of university students and in our business module we are to write a business plan to bring an innovative idea to the market.

The idea we're working on now is basically a motorcycle helmet with integrated blind spot sensors. They would be installed in the back left and back right of the helmet and warn the rider with two LEDs (for left and right blind spots respectively) lighting up in his field of view.

So would you use anything like this? Would you consider the issue of blind spots on motorcycles to be worth tackling?

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#2 Unread post by Johnj » Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:18 am

What's wrong with checking your six? I do all the time.
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#3 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:24 am

I'd be afraid people would rely on it instead of their mirrors or checking. Plus daily driving in traffic would be a bit of a PITA because of your LEDs lighting up constantly.
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#4 Unread post by fireguzzi » Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:10 pm

As long as the led's were easily ignorable and not too distracting I think it would be a good idea.
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#5 Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:37 pm

There is no such thing as a blind spot on a motorcycle.
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#6 Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:28 pm

hammeraxe wrote:Hi, everyone!

We're a group of university students and in our business module we are to write a business plan to bring an innovative idea to the market.

The idea we're working on now is basically a motorcycle helmet with integrated blind spot sensors. They would be installed in the back left and back right of the helmet and warn the rider with two LEDs (for left and right blind spots respectively) lighting up in his field of view.

So would you use anything like this? Would you consider the issue of blind spots on motorcycles to be worth tackling?
Do any of you students actually ride a motorcycle?
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#7 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:00 am

hammeraxe wrote:Hi, everyone!

We're a group of university students and in our business module we are to write a business plan to bring an innovative idea to the market.

The idea we're working on now is basically a motorcycle helmet with integrated blind spot sensors. They would be installed in the back left and back right of the helmet and warn the rider with two LEDs (for left and right blind spots respectively) lighting up in his field of view.

So would you use anything like this? Would you consider the issue of blind spots on motorcycles to be worth tackling?
You students should perhaps investigate innovation in a field you have more/some experience with. The last thing a rider needs is a flashing light in their field of vision. Riders quickly learn that there is no substitution for a head turn.

Such an indicator will probably be dangerous in low light conditions, or heavy traffic situations. How to distinguish a helmet light from a car's indicator? The discernment will require enough delay that it could mean the difference between avoidance and contact/crashing.

How would you mitigate liability to the company for an injured rider should they use this product and STILL be injured? That is perhaps the biggest reason that such cutesie innovations are rarely brought to market.

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#8 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:16 pm

hammeraxe wrote:The idea we're working on now is basically a motorcycle helmet with integrated blind spot sensors. They would be installed in the back left and back right of the helmet and warn the rider with two LEDs (for left and right blind spots respectively) lighting up in his field of view.

So would you use anything like this? Would you consider the issue of blind spots on motorcycles to be worth tackling?
To quote Will Smith, awwww hell no.

Pointless and, IMHO, untrustworthy. Having small blindspot mirrors so you can confirm with your own eyes is a far simpler and more effective solution. Heck, I don't even completely trust my mirrors; mirrors only say "no". A quick headcheck is the only way to be sure.
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#9 Unread post by BuzZz » Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:35 pm

I hate all this driver/rider aid tech on vehicles these days. It takes already inattentive/poor driver and gives them an 'excuse' to pay even less attention or become a better operator.

Things on the road are scary enough, giving people a reason to care less about WTF they are doing out there is a bad, bad idea to me.
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#10 Unread post by profdan » Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:51 pm

I admire your attempt to find a viable motorcycle product; it's a daunting task if you're just part-way through your business studies.

However, I do agree with previous posts that a product for motorcycle blind spots would not be profitable because it wouldn't appeal to potential customers, motorcyclists.

If you or your fellow group members do not have much motorcycling experience, you might research the Hurt report, or more recent motorcycle accident statistics. These might help you better understand the safety issues we face. From that, you might come up with a more viable product for your business plan.

In any case, best wishes for a good project outcome.

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#11 Unread post by Gunslinger » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:48 pm

Nope, not useful at all. Wouldn't buy it. Anyone who relies on something like that to keep them safe is going to get messed up bad, or worse. I respect you guys for working on new ideas though.

And I'm in total agreement with BuzZz on the new cage technology. This buzzer will go off if someone's in my blind spot so I don't need to check anymore. Meh.

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#12 Unread post by Flesher » Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:48 pm

I think it would be extremely useful... for cars that is, and instead of detecting vehicles in a car's blind spots instead activate the system to detect oncoming traffic ( and sensitive enough to detect motorcycles ) when a turn indicator is engaged.

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#13 Unread post by fireguzzi » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:46 pm

I still say if it is unobtrusive it would make a good aid. Not something to be relied on. Just as a heads up to do a head check in case you may have been otherwise distracted.
Another idea would be left and right tones played through speakers in the helmet.
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