8. März 2019
The smart wearable bike light with turning indicators
Cycling start-up WAYV has an ambition to radically improve road safety for cyclists with the introduction of a smart wearable bike light, which comes as a harness and helmet adapter. The breakthrough products have been created to help other road users see cyclists and their intended manoeuvres in low light, when cyclists are at their most vulnerable. At night, hand signals are barely visible and are often performed very briefly to avoid losing control of the bike. WAYV directly addresses this safety problem with an innovative indication feature.
Amit Trehan, founder of WAYV, said: “I decided to create WAYV following an accident I had at a junction in London. Although I had lights, the driver simply couldn’t see me properly. WAYV has tactically positioned LED lights on the harness to provide maximum visibility in any riding position, as well as turning indicators. No other bike light currently does that. We designed it with commuters in mind, as it can be used with or without a backpack. And with the indicating capabilities, it will be much easier for others to see how you want to turn. This product was created to help not just the cyclists, but all road users.”
What are the WAYV products?
Harness – The WAYV harness can be worn by cyclists or attached to their backpack. It features over 200 seamlessly integrated bright LEDs to make the rider bright and visible. Front and back indicators allow for better control of a bike as the cyclist’s hands can remain on the handlebars whilst letting traffic and pedestrians know which way they are turning or manoeuvring. The iconic ‘X’ tail-light provides maximum visibility in all weather conditions.
Helmet adapter – The WAYV helmet adapter features a flashing indicator on each side of the bright red ‘X’ tail-light. The adapter can be fitted to almost any vented helmet. The individual doesn’t have to part with their personal helmet for a specialist indicating one, they can simply attach the WAYV and have the best of both.
Wireless remote – Fixed onto the handlebars, the wireless remote can be operated by simply nudging the lever up or down to activate the both harness and helmet indicators.
Smart Phone App: WAYV comes equipped with the simple app for smartphones to enhance the user experience. It provides notifications about the battery levels and allows users to customise their light patterns (flashing/static).
After two years in development, WAYV is launching its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign on 11 March 2019 to acquire £66,000 of funding to put the product into production. Already a working prototype, backers of the Kickstarter will receive heavily discounted rates on the product and be the first to own it once released.
The WAYV harness is lightweight, foldable and can fit into any backpack. With the Kickstarter price tag of £75 for the whole system, WAYV delivers for the entire cycling community.