Two projects which aim to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties will share up to £450,000 of Welsh Government funding.
Announced by Edwina Hart, the Welsh Government’s economy and transport minister, the funding comes as part of phase two of the Small Business Research Initiative* (SBRI).
The two projects come from an original shortlist of 47 applications and focus on helmet lining and a junction alert system.
The advanced helmet liner is being created by Armourgel Ltd, and will incorporate Armourgel material with the aim of protecting motorcyclists from rotational acceleration brain injuries.
The junction alert system is a Fusion Processing Ltd design. It will use a combination of radar and cameras to identify when a motorcyclist is approaching.
Announcing the successful projects, Mrs Hart said: “Welsh roads are amongst the safest in the world, however we continue to strive for improvements and reducing the number of motorcyclist casualties is one of our priorities.
“These projects are looking at innovative ways to protect motorcyclists and reduce accidents. Both successful products returned encouraging results at feasibility stage and I am pleased we are able to support them to develop their products further.”
*Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
The SBRI challenges companies to identify pioneering approaches to reduce motorcyclist casualties in Wales – a priority road safety target for the Welsh Government.
In July of last year Ms Hart announced the four successful projects under the first stage of the initiative. The funding they received helped them to run feasibility studies as part of the first phase of the challenge.
The four projects were then invited to bid for funding for phase 2 of the initiative, which will help develop the products to point where they can be marketed.