Welsh Government to provide motorcycle research funding
Four projects which aim to reduce motorcycle casualties are to benefit from Welsh Government research funding (Road Safety Wales).
The projects were selected from 47 bids after Edwina Hart, transport and science minister, invited companies, public bodies and the voluntary sector to submit ideas to help improve road safety for motorcyclists.
The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Innovation Challenge required companies to identify “pioneering approaches to reduce motorcycle casualties in Wales”.
Funding will now be given to the four selected companies to run feasibility studies as part of the first stage of the challenge.
Edwina Hart said: "This challenge is about harnessing potential to find tangible solutions which address key issues. I look forward to seeing how the successful projects develop."
The selected projects are:
• An advanced helmet liner which will incorporate Armourgel material into motorcycle helmets with the aim of protecting motorcyclists from rotational acceleration brain injuries.
• A flexible use energy absorption and dissipation material that can be cut to size and fitted to street furniture.
• A junction alert system which will use a combination of radar and cameras to identify when a motorcyclist is approaching.
• And a side view light for motorcycles that appears to flicker in peripheral vision, making it more noticeable to drivers at junctions.
Each project will receive up to £15,000 until December 2015 to develop their proposal. Following this, the two most promising will share funding of up to £450,000 to develop their product to a point where it can be marketed.