A pretty good idea aiming at reducing rear-end collisions from a California startup. Motorcycles decelerate much quicker than 4-wheel vehicles, either when you let off the throttle or brake. A new type of safety light for motorcycles that illuminates when the bike slows down, regardless of whether or not you are using the brakes. The Vololights will flash twice per second if you slow down without using the brakes, 5 times per second when braking. This system comes in addition of your stock run & brake lights lights, increasing your visibility during the day or night.
The Vololights device is comprised of two sets of LEDs built into a license plate holder that’s fitted with an accelerometer and CPU. When it senses that the motorcycle it is installed on starts slowing down, a pattern of slow or fast blinking lights goes off to get the attention of following vehicles. Many motorcycle organizations have already encouraged bikers to flash their brakes when slowing, an action that the Vololights device does automatically. It is also aimed at owners of some classic bikes and vintage motorcycles, at old scooters where the front brake isn’t even connected to the brake light.
Vectolabs, the company behind the Vololights is confident that it will conform to state and federal legal requirements for lighting, but will recommend users check their local laws. A ‘stealth mode’ turns off the system if you drive somewhere they are not allowed. Don’t rush yet to your motorcycle dealer. Vectolabs is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign that aims to raise $50,000 to put the Vololights into production. It’ll cost you at least $69 if you want to get on the list for a kit. Learn more at Vololights.