November 11, 2010 07:44 ET

New Rear-View Helmet to Increase Rider Safety

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2010) - A unique motorbike helmet with rear-view mirrors in the top of the visor has been produced in the hope that it will reduce the number of motorbike accidents on the UK's roads.

Engineer Graham Steele worked on the original technology for the Reevu MSX1 in the late 1980s. He based the design on one of his previous diving helmets that was produced to prevent accidents in the North Sea.

According to Steele, "in the 80s there were a lot of divers being killed in the North Sea because at the depths they were working it was difficult to pass them information. Pager technology was all the rage back then and the idea was to make a small LCD screen inside the helmet on which the divers could read messages. But if you hold a screen very close to your eyes, you can't see it – the focal length between your eye and the thing is too short. But one day I was in my workshop and had a 'eureka' moment."

Steele, who is a motorcycle enthusiast, realised that his original diver's helmet design would be better suited for a bike. "I realised that even though you might not be able to see a screen when it is close to your eyes, you can see it clearly if it is reflected onto a mirrored surface from behind you. We realised we had a brilliant idea for a motorbike helmet."

The top of the helmet liner has been sculpted in a way that enables the rider to see behind them by glancing up into the rear-view mirror. This peripheral vision allows the rider to be more aware of their surroundings.

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