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‘Smart helmet’: An invention by an 18 year old from Kerala to reduce Traffic Accidents

Adon Joy, an 18 year old from Kerala invents a 'smart helmet' to reduce Traffic Accidents in two wheelers

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An 18-year-old innovator, Adon Joy hailing from Mattancherry, Kerala, in his efforts to tackle negligent and helmetless driving, designed a ‘smart helmet’ consisting of sensors connected to the two-wheeler via a mobile application. The vehicle cannot be started without the helmet.

Adon Joy
Credit: The Indian Express

He completed an online course on Deep Learning Specialization focusing on Artificial Intelligence by Stanford University during the lockdown and is currently doing an online course on Circuits and Electronics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The videos of his invention are going viral relatively recently on social media while Joy has been working on the technology for two years.

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Screengrab (Credit: Instagram/Adon Joy)

The GPS-based mobile app – ‘My Scooty App’ – is a part of his innovation. The app helps to start or stop the vehicle by sending an SMS and controlling the two-wheeler without a key. It is essential especially for tracking the vehicle in case of theft.

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The app also prevents a drunk person from driving the vehicle by it’s alcohol detecting facility linked to the bike’s kick-start mechanism.

The helmet has a buzzer inside that beeps on detecting the presence of alcohol and the switches turn on only when the rider wears the helmet and tightens the strap.

With regard to the number of growing road accidents in India, the smart helmet has 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.

The smart helmet costs Rs 5000.

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Praised by the Officials of the Motor Vehicles Department in Mattancherry, Kochi, for his innovation, Joy claims “I’m currently working on another invention, an application enabling self-driving in cars, which will soon be completed.”

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