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‘Helmet-enabled motorcycle’ mooted

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T Srinivasa Rao, Director, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, taking a look at a working model of motorccyle at techno-cultural festival at Khammam Institute of Technology & Sciences, in Khammam on Friday.Photo: G.N. RAO
T Srinivasa Rao, Director, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, taking a look at a working model of motorccyle at techno-cultural festival at Khammam Institute of Technology & Sciences, in Khammam on Friday.Photo: G.N. RAO

A budding engineer has come up with a thought provoking idea to motivate motorcycle riders comply with the helmet rule and prevent fatal road accidents.

R Koteswara Rao, B.Tech (ECE) third year student of Khammam Institute of Technology and Sciences (KITS), has displayed a working model of a ‘helmet-enabled motorbike’, which gets started only on wearing a helmet containing a radio frequency chip atop its surface.

The working model hogged the limelight on the inaugural day of EKATRA-13, a two-day techno-cultural fest, which kicked off at KITS here on Friday. “I have implanted two chips one containing a RF transmitter sensor on the helmet and another consisting of a RF receiver sensor in the engine of the motorcycle,” said Koteshwara Rao. Speaking to The Hindu , he said, “The RF technology-based working model envisages transmission of radio waves from the helmet to the receiver thereby kick-starting the bike’s engine. It highlights the need to wear helmets to prevent fatal road accidents, he remarked adding that the helmet rule should be followed by all the motorcycle riders not only to comply with the motor vehicle rules as law abiding citizens but also safeguard their lives from road accidents. T Srinivasa Rao, Director of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, who was the chief guest at the inaugural of EKATRA, appreciated Koteswara Rao for spreading the message of road safety through his working model. He advised Koteswara Rao to approach the National Innovation Foundation at Ahmedabad for support.


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