Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Computer Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Hamid Bahrami

First Reader

Dr. Aaron Fleischman

Second Reader

Dr. Robert Veillette

Abstract

This project proposes a motorcycle safety system that increases safety by actively helping to prevent crashes while also helping in the case that an accident does occur. The system actively helps prevent accidents by keeping the user’s eyes on the road with three additions to the typical helmet. The helmet has a heads-up-display (HUD) containing the speed of the motorcycle and turn-by-turn directions. Instead of tilting their head down the user can see their speed and directions by moving their eyes which will keep the road in their field of view. Blind-spot detection increases the user’s overall awareness of their surroundings. The helmet increases the speed of response when an emergency situation occurs. After a crash has been detected, emergency response will be notified via call and text from the user’s phone. In order to increase attention to the accident, external LEDs flash and an external speaker sounds. Keeping the driver’s eyes on the road makes for a safer driving experience which decreases the number of crashes. Having emergency response arrive quicker helps to improve the chances of a speedy recovery or even could save a person’s life.

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