Introducing the helmet brake light

Why has no one thought of this before?

HIGH-LEVEL brake lights are common on cars because they can be seen not just from the car behind but from the one behind that, too.

Meanwhile motorcycle tail lights remain stubbornly below wind-screen level, only visible to the driver immediately behind, when it’s us that can least afford to be in a pile-up.

So why has it taken this long for someone to think of putting one on the rider’s helmet?

‘Brake Free’ is a new wireless LED light that mounts on the back of exisiting helmets and uses sensors to detect every time you slow down as a result of engine braking, gear changes or applying the brakes.

The California-based company behind the idea, called BrakeFree Technologies, is crowdfunding for investment and taking pre-orders.