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IJAPM 2013 Vol.3(3): 217-222 ISSN: 2010-362X
DOI: 10.7763/IJAPM.2013.V3.208

Increase Visibility for Motorcyclist Detection at Night for the Purpose of Avoiding Accidents Using a Simple RF Circuit

M. F. Basar and N. H. A. Razik

Abstract—This paper describes the effectiveness of Smart Motorcycle Safety Vest (SMS-V) for motorcyclist in Malaysia. The SMS-V is the reflex of light shirts and fitted with red and bright yellow LEDs which become the third light for brake and signals. Besides that, the SMS-V is employing the simple RF circuit which is not expensive. According to statistics of road accidents in Malaysia, accidents involving motorcyclists has a high number and it increases every year. As a result, many young people died and some have suffered permanent disabilities and this is a great loss to society and country. Therefore, there should be an alternative effort to ensure that this group is not a victim in the accident. Basically, the accident on the motorcycle is happened because most of motorcyclist are not concerned about safety where the mistakes that frequently happen is wearing dark colored clothing. According to the research experimental works, a motorcycle can only be known by the headlight and taillight of motorcycle at a distance of less than 180 meters. If a vehicle such as car and lorry at a speed of 90km/h faced with a motorcyclist, the vehicle only has 6 seconds to be alert to the presence of motorcyclists. Instead, this product able to assist road users about the presence of a motorcyclist at a distance of 500 meters, which is three times better than normal conditions. Based on motorcycle registration statistics released by the Malaysian Road Transport Department, as at January 2012, almost 10 million motorcycles were registered in Malaysia. If SMS-V is used only 50% of the number stated above, roughly, it will become a fashion and give a great impact to the motorcyclists as the product itself offers an interesting look. Hence, it is believed that this research is able to reduce the number of road accidents which often happen to motorcyclists in Malaysia.

Index Terms—Light emitting diode, motorcyclist, third light, safety vest, Malaysia.

The authors are with Faculty of Technology Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia (e-mail: mfarriz@utem.edu.my, hazana@utem.edu.my).

Cite:M. F. Basar and N. H. A. Razik, "Increase Visibility for Motorcyclist Detection at Night for the Purpose of Avoiding Accidents Using a Simple RF Circuit," International Journal of Applied Physics and Mathematics vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 217-222, 2013.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-362X (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Appl. Phys. Math.
Frequency: Quarterly
DOI: 10.17706/IJAPM
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Haydar Akca 
Abstracting/ Indexing: INSPEC(IET), CNKI, Google Scholar, EBSCO, Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), etc.
E-mail: ijapm@iap.org
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