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Irish design team's new lighting system for cyclists has 'potential to save lives'



Dr Matteo Zallio

Dr Matteo Zallio

Dr Matteo Zallio

An Irish based design team have won an award from the Road Safety Authority for their lighting system, aimed at making cyclists more visible on our roads.

TAILT picked up the Future Award at the RSA’s 10th annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards at Croke Park this week as the judges said their product had "the potential to save lives".

TAILT is the brainchild of Déan Design Lab, created by a trio of keen cyclists and researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Speaking at the awards this week, Dr Matteo Zallio explained how the new type of mudguard they have created, which contains a red LED rear brake light, as well as yellow left and right LED indicators, works.

"TAILT has a smart sensor inside that detects when you brake or slow down and it operates just like the brake lights on a car", said Dr Zallio.

The indicators are operated with a remote control

Dr Zallio also explained where the idea came from.

"I have a passion, and me and my team have a passion, for cycling and one day I was cycling with my group the Orwell Wheelers. We were cycling to Bray on a really awful day, rainy and cold, and we couldn't see the lights of the cyclist in front of us because of all the mud and water.

"This new mudguard will also allow cyclists to stay drier, have a bigger light surface and provide more visibility."

The product is at the prototype phase with a pending patent and the team hope to add other features to it down the line, such as an anti-theft function, a navigation system and a safety camera.



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