Ever worried about crashing when out cycling on your own and nobody being around to phone for help? The new ICEdot Crash Sensor will notify the emergency services or a loved one in the event of a crash.
The ICEdot Crash Sensor is a small sensor that clips to any cycle helmet and relays information via Bluetooth to an app on your smart phone. An impact starts a timer and if you don't stop it before it reaches zero, the app sends an message to the emergency services. The GPS coordinates of your location will be sent so they can easily send help.
As a cyclist, and I'm sure I'm not alone here, I have sometimes pondered what might happen in the event on an incident between me and a car. It doesn't bear much thinking about really, but the alarming number of hit-and-run cases involving cyclists doesn't get you thinking: what if?
So while initially I'm a little sceptical and think the ICEdot Crash Sensor sounds like a bit of a gimmick, it does have real-world potential. There's concerns over just how sensitive it will be and ensuring it works only in an impact that hopefully none of us will experience (but statistically some of us reading this article will), but as the product doesn't have a release date yet, we'll assume they're working on such issues as this. It's also not clear if you can mount it anywhere other the on a helmet, for those that don't wear lids.
I would rather the roads were made safer to cycle on and motorists stopped being so aggressive to cyclists, but until that happens, the ICEdot Crash Sensor is an interesting product development. Will it catch on? I'm not sure. Oh, ICEdot stands for InCase of Emergencies by the way.
Take a look at this video to see it in action
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.