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A Sydney, Australia designer has jumped on board the cyclist licensing bandwagon in New South Wales with a design for a helmet that incorporates a machine-readable number plate, and has tried to get a Sydney suburban council to back the idea.

Toby King presented his 'Smart Hat' design to the council of affluent Sydney suburb Mosman on November 11.

The council was asked to support the concept and write to NSW roads minister Duncan Gay requesting a meeting to introduce it to the state government.

As well as a number plate, Mr King's Smart Hat incorporates brake lights, indicators, a visor, a slot for your smartphone, a display and wipers to clear the visor when it rains.

According to Jessica Rapana of the Mosman Daily, Mr King told the meeting: “This is a concept for better road safety. It is not a product or a business, it is a concept design. There are not many features on the current helmets that makes them safe.”

Mr King told road.cc that he's just trying to improve cyclist safety. Smart Hat, he said, is for responsible cycliss whowant to be part of the road user community.

He has at least one Mosman councillor backing him. Councillor Simon Menzies said the Smart Hat would provide a solution for commuter cyclists to be registered and able to showcase their registration number.

“People who use it as a mode of transport should be registered and insured,” Cllr Menzies told the Mosman Daily.

“Every other road user pays for registration and it should not be any different.”

The New South Wales state government is considering licensing for cyclists, and Minister Gay has said he is considering banning cyclists from certain roads in Sydney.

Cllr Menzies said he believed relations between drivers and riders would be better if drivers thought riders could be held accountable for their actions.

“It annoys drivers that cyclists can get away with breaking road rules,” he said.

The council did not pass the motion supporting the Smart Hat, but instead passed an amended motion supporting "concepts which aim to improve safety for cyclists and reduce cycle collisions between vehicles and pedestrians" and encouraging Mr King to "present his Smart Hat concept to the NSW Stay Safe Committee".

As you can see from the above diagram, the Smart Hat has just about every bell and whistle you could possibly imagine. And a few you probably couldn't.

Here's how it all fits together:

Its features include:

Built-in camera and headlight
Indicators
Rear light
Brake light
E-tag (some Sydney motorways require tolls for motor vehicles)
Proximity sensors
Mirrors
Visor
Wiper blades
Smart phone slot
Shock-absorbing chin bar (optional)
Display and processor
License plate holder

The lights, wiper motors, sensors and other electronics will be powered by batteries built into the helmet.

Mr King couldn't say how much he expects the Smart Hat to weigh or cost, though he thought the market would bear a price of about AU$200 or £100. 

On his website, Mr King says: "Smart Hat is a concept design to greatly increase rider safety, while also addressing some of the more inflammatory issues between cyclists, pedestrians and road users."

Smart Hat's tagline is 'for Responsible Cyclists'. Mr King explains: "Without accountability, there is no respononsibility. Smart Hat allows a license sign to be attached, identifying the rider to other road users, pedestrians & authorities.  Registation is a method for riders to show their riding skills, insure themselves & third parties and welcomed as a responsible user of road & pedestrian environments."

"Smart Hat provides the rider with ultimate safety  & comfort." 

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Jude87 [16 posts] 2 years ago
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Well that was embarrassing.

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tom_w [220 posts] 2 years ago
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Is November 13th the Australian equivalent of April fool's day?

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Simmo72 [650 posts] 2 years ago
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right, off, piss
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Why you are at it why not add a horn, airbag, seatbelt and life vest for when riding past a canal.

My 5 year old could design something similar.

God knows what the outcome would be if you hit the tarmac the wrong way, this would rip your neck off.

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adscrim [142 posts] 2 years ago
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holy sh!t

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tom_w [220 posts] 2 years ago
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APMSL...

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truffy [650 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh dear, way to look a complete tit.

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marche [95 posts] 2 years ago
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no kidding…

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Wookie [242 posts] 2 years ago
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gazza_d [472 posts] 2 years ago
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I would sooner drive than wear that...

Fecking stupid beyond belief

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joemmo [1164 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm honestly struggling with determining if this is parody or not, it's like the bastard offspring of kickstarter, the TRL and the daily mail.

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Tripod16 [161 posts] 2 years ago
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Nick T [1074 posts] 2 years ago
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Someone smeg head designer's been watching their Red Dwarf collection in bed again.

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cookdn [28 posts] 2 years ago
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gazza_d wrote:

I would sooner drive than wear that...

Maybe that is the designer's ulterior motive? I can't imagine there is any other reason to design a cycle helmet that would only appeal to motorists.  7

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bigshape [167 posts] 2 years ago
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no comment.

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mylesrants [380 posts] 2 years ago
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bet its really light and comfortable.

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SB76 [102 posts] 2 years ago
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I wonder if you'll be able to sue him for damage that'll cause to your back from wearing or even caused by accident. Obviously not a cyclist just is a cockwomble

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bikebot [2120 posts] 2 years ago
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I wish this had happened last week.

The BBC could have offered one to Chris Boardman on live TV.

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flathunt [244 posts] 2 years ago
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unconstituted [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Was doing okay until the last picture.

That felled me. Proper coffee over keyboard stuff.

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mylesrants [380 posts] 2 years ago
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ye see, this is how those Alsop bikes in the early 90's and cannondale headshock and vittoria sliddyslippy ritmo tyres and bb30 and the smell of neoprene gloves 2 hours into a spin and clip on mudguards...ideas from "designers" NEED to be given to a few cyclists to see if the idea is a 'good idea lets make it' or an 'awe well'

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unconstituted [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Ahhh no way. Can't believe I got taken in by that.

Clicked through to the website. It's proper parody, and nicely done too.

Reminds me of those christian parody sites like http://www.landoverbaptist.org/

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bikebot [2120 posts] 2 years ago
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Worst kickstarter ever

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jacknorell [969 posts] 2 years ago
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Not only is it victim-blaming stuff (shoving safety responsibility onto the cyclist) but it's also stunningly dumb!

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DublinPort [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Anyone who needs this helmet has no business on a bicycle. What sort of twisted geek dreamed it up?

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barbarus [446 posts] 2 years ago
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No. Just no.

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6654henry [56 posts] 2 years ago
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Mr King is a bellend.  41

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Dylanina [3 posts] 2 years ago
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It's bigger than my car...

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del_boy13 [10 posts] 2 years ago
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RedfishUK [155 posts] 2 years ago
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You don't need to buy one, Blue Peter will show you how to make on from some cereal boxes and sticky backed plastic

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thx1138 [64 posts] 2 years ago
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Never mind the shite hat.....

Cllr Menzies said he believed relations between drivers and riders would be better if drivers thought riders could be held accountable for their actions.

Yeah right. That works with drivers because they're always held accountable for their actions....

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