CRASHLIGHT® has come a long way
In the beginning, CRASHLIGHT® was designed to be carried in the breast pocket where the body would act as a cushion to absorb vibration.
When we started building CRASHLIGHT®, smartphones weren’t that common among motorcycle riders. They were expensive, fragile devices. We carried ours in our pockets, bundled in bubble wrap. Today, the device is more often tossed in a top box than coddled and protected.
Smartphones are everywhere and they are indispensable to our motorcycling lives. Every time we stop, we pull them out to check text or email, check the map, or take a picture. Some of us have forgone the traditional GPS and used a bar-mounted phone to do all our turn-by-turn navigation. And, I've even run across one guy who custom-built a mount on his front forks so that he could use his phone as an action camera.
CRASHLIGHT® will self-cancel false alarms
CRASHLIGHT® works by monitoring the sensors and constantly checking a number of signals. As we’ve come to support new devices, and new forms of use, we've had to make changes to reflect different types of usage that can trigger false alarms.
Today, CRASHLIGHT® has a cooling mechanism. Now, if a crash is detected an alarm will sound, but if you continue to ride normally, CRASHLIGHT® will self-cancel 99.1% of the time. When you continue riding within the 3-minute alarm window, it self-cancels.
CRASHLIGHT® MODES adjust the sensitivity
Over the past few months, extensive tests were completed for false alarm management. Thank you to everyone who participated and provided data and feedback. It's through this testing that CRASHLIGHT® MODES were born.
MODES enable you to adjust the CRASHLIGHT® sensitivity depending on where you carry the device and how you use it.
- On Android, the MODE can be changed by selecting the ADJUST SENSITIVITY button on the GO RIDE screen.
- In iOS, tap Menu > CRASHLIGHT to adjust.
Both iOS and Android clients have three MODES today: HIGH (the default), MEDIUM, and LOW. You can change this at any time, even during a ride, and we will remember the last mode you used.
Adjusting CRASHLIGHT® MODES
Selecting the right MODE
Our recommendation to you is to leave the MODE on HIGH to start. If you're one of the few who experience a false alarm during a ride, try changing the sensitivity to MEDIUM and then to LOW depending on where you carry the device.
Riding a deep roaring cruiser or doing intense ridings like adventure riding or dirt bike riding requires LOW MODE, medium vibration requires MEDIUM MODE, and if normal riding with the device in your breast pocket, use HIGH MODE.
Crowd-Sourced Crash Detection
We've also enhanced our feedback mechanism to include inputs for machine learning. By understanding how different bikes set off crash signals, we're using the intelligence of the crowd to create better technologies for motorcycle crash detection. While crash signals may be detected during a ride, they may not be strong enough to set off an alarm but when you save your ride, you may see a short form with three quick. Take a minute to fill in your answer or leave it blank.
1. What kind of bike were you riding?
- Dirt bike?
2. Where were you carrying the device?
- Chest pocket?
3. Did anything happen?
- Did you hit a pothole?
- Did you slam on your brakes?
- Did you crash?
Whether you're subscribed to CRASHLIGHT® or not, filling in the answers is your chance to help make motorcycling safer. The data you submit provides us with insight into how different bikes crash. This knowledge will lead to future understanding of predictive models so we can alert you to danger before it happens.
What does this mean for you? If you see a couple of extra questions when you save your ride, remember that the data you give just might help save someone’s life. We hope it's worth an extra thirty seconds of your time, if not, leave it blank and your ride will save normally.
Thank you for being part of ESR.
Get CRASHLIGHT® in-app for US $14.99 per year and help advance motorcycle safety technology.
If you have any questions, comments, praise, or criticism, drop us a line at feedback@EatSleepRIDE.com (we read everything).
- ESR Team