Kenyan startup CladLight creates Smart Jacket to reduce motorbike accidents

March 3
1:55 PM 2014

CladLight, a Kenya-based wearable tech startup, has created the world's first smart jacket for motorcycle riders, according to All Africa.

Brothers Joseph Muchene and Charles Muchene invented the Smart Jacket in a bid to reduce motorbike-related accidents. The jacket is equipped with signal transmitters that display the direction that the driver intends to turn to. The device also has a GPS tracker that helps owners determine the location of the vehicle, the report detailed.

According to Atlanta Black Star, the Muchene brothers are already in talks with some companies for distribution partnerships. 

Joseph explained: "We hope that the cost of the jackets will go down by up to 30 percent once we are able to source for more affordable components, like transmitters, from external markets. We are confident that the Smart Jacket will help save lives by increasing the visibility of motorcyclists, especially at night, while at the same time eliminating the need for the cyclist to make hand signals when turning, resulting in more stability."

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