A polytechnic student in Kurigram has built a helmet that will prevent a motorcycle from starting unless the rider puts it on, or if the rider is inebriated. What’s more, the whole system has been built and installed in a bike for Tk1,000, or about $12.
The Smart Bike System- brainchild of Motiur Rahman Riat, a student of the electrical and electronics department at Kurigram Polytechnic Institute, won the top prize at the Divisional Skills Competition 2017 on Friday.
The competition was organized at the Rangpur Polytechnic Institute and competitors from 13 educational institutions submitted 39 projects there.
“The motorcycle and the helmet will be linked by a wireless device. The bike will not start until the rider puts the helmet on,” Riat told the Dhaka Tribune on Friday.
The helmet will be powered by a solar cell on the top, or it can be connected to the bike. Alternatively a battery can be connected.
“Someone trying to start the motorcycle without wearing the helmet will get an error message from the vehicle instead, saying they need to put on the helmet and that the helmet will keep them safe,” Riat added.
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The young innovator also pointed out that an air sensor in front of the helmet will analyze the rider’s breath to prevent drunk driving.
“Even if the bike starts, it will automatically turn off,” he said.
Earlier on Thursday, Kurigram Superintendent of Police Md Mehedul Karim gave Riat the keys to a motorcycle, congratulating the talented innovator as an accomplished student on Police Day.
“I participated in the Divisional Skills Competition 2017 with my project that was based on the motorcycle gifted to me by the Kurigram police. I now aim to compete at the national level,” Riat said.
Hoping to win the national competition, Riat added: “I am optimistic that my invention will significantly improve the safety of motorcycle riders.”
Principal of Kurigram Polytechnic Institute Dr Nure Alam told the Dhaka Tribune that the Riat's winning submission has made the institution proud.
Dr Alam added that the Smart Bike System project initially won the competition at the institutional level, and later went on to win the top prize at the divisional level.
“If it gets the government’s support, Riat’s invention will save the lives of many motorcycle riders,” he said.
Kurigram Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan also congratulated Riat on his accomplishment.
Meanwhile, Kurigram Police say the innovation will encourage compliance with helmet rules, which often cannot be enforced even under the pressure of fines and legal action.