The misuse of turn signals is a common reason for accidents in the motorcycle world and a huge number of the motorcyclist have found themselves in dangerous traffic situations because they forgot to turn off the turn signals or did not turn them on in the first place.
Smart Turn System is the first self-canceling turn signal system for motorcycles that is able to accurately turn off the signal at the completion of a maneuver. As the system makes use of motion sensor technology it is able to reliably determine whether a rider has changed a lane, exited a roundabout or simply completed a turn at a crossroad – the turn signal is always canceled as the maneuver is completed. A patented system collects movement data of the motorcycle and uses an algorithm to determine what kind of a maneuver is taking place – once it is finished, the system completes its job by canceling the turn signal.
The idea was born from an unfortunate situation that could easily have turned into a disastrous consequence – “I was riding around with turn signals left on after a completion of a maneuver. A very attentive car driver cut me off from the side road based on his assumption of me intending to make a right turn at the crossroad, which was soundly based on what he was able to see: a blinking turn signal,” says Miha Kovač, CEO of ABCS Sistem.
He discovered that there was no reliable solution for this problem on the market, so he started gathering a larger team of experts to address this problem and prepare an operational prototype of a turn signal cancellation device.
After an extensive period of in-house testing of the device on various motorcycles and with different riders, the team has managed to develop a highly accurate and reliable version. A version that is now ready to be tested and proven by others. Additionally, the company is developing various installation options that would make the mounting of the device as simple as possible for every motorcycle.
ABCS Sistem started collecting applications for its beta testing program this month – the first beta testers will be able to give their system a go in March. The system will be commercially available in spring 2016.
“There is always a risk of something going wrong on the road. One false indication and it is all over,” says Kovač. “Nothing is more valuable than life itself – this is why we have to reduce this risk as much as possible.”
For more information: www.safer-turn.com