Thursday, June 20, 2024
HomeNEWSreport plays down helmet cam safety fears

report plays down helmet cam safety fears

New research from the Transport Research Laboratory reveals that helmet cameras may not be as dangerous to wearers as previously feared.

The research, commissioned by BBC Safety, sought to investigate the potential effects that mounting a camera might have on the safety performance of helmets. TRL reviewed a range of commonly used motorcycle helmet types with cameras mounted at the front, side and top of these helmets using either sticky mounts or straps.

Energy transference to the head was measured during standardised impact challenges, in line with a number of European standards. Further injury thresholds, defining a less than 50% chance of either a fracture to the skull or loss of consciousness for less than one hour, were also identified from scientific literature to provide further comparison.

Results indicated that all helmet-mounted camera configurations investigated may be mounted at all three impact locations, without increasing the risks of head injury beyond current legislative performance requirements or published injury thresholds. Although the tests were carried out on climbing helmets, the results are said to apply generally.

Richard Cuerden, chief research scientist at TRL, said: “Concerns have been raised about the safety implications of fixing cameras to helmets, so it’s encouraging that the configurations tested still meet the required safety standards. But while the results are promising, it’s important we don’t assume the result will be the same for all helmet and camera configurations. Other variables not tested could result in different injury outcomes, so further research and testing is required before we can confidently say that all helmets, scenarios and designs will achieve the same result.”

More information about the project can be found on the BBC Safety website, while the full research report can be found at: http://www.trl.co.uk/reports-publications/trl-reports/report/?reportid=7032

RELATED ARTICLES

Product News

Reaction: The man in the white suit

I started in this stimulating industry as a sales representative for Greeves Motorcycles in January 1964; then after 30 plus years at the coalface,...