We know people who have had safety issues when riding motorcycles and bikes. The stakes on the road are much higher when you are on a two wheels than on four. It is statistically more dangerous for people who decide to commute using a bike/scooter or a motor cycle instead of a four wheeler. We wanted to contribute our bit in making the world a safer place for those drivers/passengers and attempt to prevent thousands of deaths each year.
What it does
- Trauma and Crash Detection - Messages relatives to alert them of the emergency
- SONAR Blind Spot Detection - Alerts the driver of vehicles behind him
- Sleep prevention - Prevents rider from falling asleep while driving by producing strong vibrations on the glass/helmet frame
- Wearable Dashboard *Traffic - Provides a scrolling view of nearby traffic incidents *Information - Allows the driver to attain answers to complex questions (i.e. What time does the nearest Starbucks close?) *Parking - Sends a text to the rider with a map location of where they last parked their bike *Weather - Displays information about surrounding weather including temperature, humidity, wind and sunset time *All information is updated live as the rider's location changes
How we built it
We 3-D printed parts such as glass frame and wearable dashboard enclosing. The sleep detection was achieved through infrared LED and a receiver. The sonar blind spot detection was done via a sonar sensor constantly sending pings. The sonar sensor has a range of 1cm to 5 meters. The trauma and crash detection is handled by a gyroscope that is set up to message immediate relatives in case of an emergency.
The wearable dashboard was built with Raspberry Pi and a touchscreen. We used a node backend with iceweasel helping us with our front-end. Our project was hosted on Heroku and our Raspi used flask on the backend.
Challenges we ran into
It was not easy working on multiple levels of the stack, making parts talk to each other and integrating multiple languages and backends in such a short span of time, but we managed to (somehow) pull through.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Creating something useful that could potentially save multiple lives and keeping people safe is a huge honor.
What's next for Aldra
We think Aldra is just a start and has a long journey ahead. It has the potential to save a large number of lives and provide riders with convenience, all at a fraction of the cost of current market competitors.