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This Revolutionary New Bike Helmet Has Turn Signals And Brake Lights

Now this is a smart helmet.

Motorists (hopefully!) know that they have to share the road with bicyclists. In urban settings, this can get tough. According to the CDC, there were over “494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries” in 2013. And sadly, over 900 cyclists are killed each year from bike-related accidents.

For any cyclist, safety should always be a top priority, and things like bike helmets, reflectors, lights at night and bright clothing definitely help. One thing bikes don’t have, though, are turn signals—until now. Thanks to Jeff Chen and Eu-wen Ding, that problem is officially solved.

With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the two have developed a revolutionary bike helmet, Lumos, that comes equipped with turn signals and brake lights.

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Lumos Helmet

So how does the Lumos work? The turn signals are activated via a small wireless remote that attaches to the bike’s handlebars. The turn signals flash in both the front and the back of the helmet. That way, cars in the opposite lane also know that a bike is about to cross their path.

The brake lights automatically activate whenever a cyclist slows down, just like a car’s brake lights activate when a vehicle decelerates, so a cyclist does not have to think about it.

Lumos Helmet

The helmet comes with one remote and a remote mount (both seen below), as well as a charging cable. And whether you’re an iOS or Android user, there’s an app for that, which monitors the helmet and remote’s battery level and notifies you if your Lumos needs charging.

Lumos Helmet

As Ding told Mashable, Lumos is working on adding more features to its product as well. The company is considering incorporating a ride tracker that would add activity information to workout apps in the future.

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The Lumos helmet comes in standard adult size and three colors. The helmet retails for $169 and is available to order through the website. Lumos ships all over the United States and to several other countries.

Whether you’re a veteran cyclist, thinking about getting a bike or you prefer four wheels, the Lumos is about to make the road a whole lot safer for us all.