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Auto Expo 2018 puts the stress on road safety

As many as 40 bikers will be riding for 14 days from Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Freeway to the Expo Centre in Greater Noida covering a distance of 30 kilometres while equipped with the latest safety gears.

noida Updated: Feb 10, 2018 22:56 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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Biker Dinesh Gupta has been riding his Triumph cruiser to the motor show every day to make visitors aware of road safety.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The bikers at the Auto Expo 2018 Motor Show believe that road safety should be the primary concern while riding motorcycles and, for that purpose, they have been organising long rides wearing international standard safety gears.

‘Biker Buddies’ is a 30-member motorcycle team based in Delhi which rides ‘superbikes’ above 600cc power. As many as 40 bikers will be riding for 14 days from Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Freeway to the Expo Centre in Greater Noida covering a distance of 30 kilometres while equipped with the latest safety gears.

“You can never be sure even after wearing all the necessary safety gear but that is the least you should do when you ride a motorcycle. We ride bikes that are above 600cc and for that, the minimum gear that we require are helmet of international standards, a fully armoured jacket, riding pants with gear, shoes with toe protection and gloves,” Cyrus Madan, a member of the group, said.

Madan and his friends begin their ride every morning from the DND booth to reach the auto expo show where they interact with everyday bikers, motor enthusiasts and the public. They say the safety standards applicable to motorcycle safety gear in India is outdated as riding motorcycles require maximum safety.

“As my friend Madan said, one can never be sure of safety while riding, we believe that the safety standards applicable to automobile safety products should be of international quality. The ISI mark helmets are not that protective — those with international safety standards such DOT and ECE offer much better protection. We also do not encourage half-open helmets,” Chandresh Marwah, cofounder of ‘RIDERZ PLANET’, a motorcycle store, said.

The auto expo opened to public on Friday and since then, the exhibition has seen a heightened interest in motorcycles, be it the high-horse power variants or the economical ones. However, road safety was also one of the points which was put forward by the exhibitors

The Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Limited, a company which designs and develops technology for autonomous and driver-assistive systems, on Saturday showcased an all-new technology, Novus Pilot.

It is a multi-camera system installed on vehicles to provide sensory alarms to the driver in case a vehicle approaches from a distance. It will also send alarms if the camera and sensors derive that the driver is sleepy.

“Besides providing a real-time warning to the driver, the system helps large-fleet customers with effective driver profiling and driver behaviour evaluation, thus improving overall safety. As 90% of accidents occur due to human error, the system will help in significantly reducing such accidents. Our patented product will be the key enabler in Mahindra’s trucks and buses, supporting their pursuit of providing the safest trucks on Indian roads,” Anuj Kapuria, Founder and CEO – The Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Limited, said.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 22:56 IST