Use of Helmet as an Ignition Switch to Start Two Wheelers
Name : SM Arthi, S Vinotha and Lailaa Banu
District & State : Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu
Category : Utility
Award : Student
Award Function : 8th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2015
S Vinotha, who is presently pursuing graduation in science, wishes to be a civil servant and wants to serve the people. Specifically she wishes to improve public transport, health and hygiene system. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, plays chess and participates in debates. She has a huge collection of motivational books and speeches of inspiring leaders, especially freedom fighters. Laila Banu is pursuing graduation in science specializing in Computer Science. She wants to become a software engineering after her post-graduation in IT. At school level, she had participated in chess and carom competitions and won prizes in quiz competitions. She is a nature lover and loves visiting serene beaches and hills. She is an artist and likes to watch television and read story books.
S M Arthi is pursuing Civil Engineering and has been a National Talent Search and has won the Rajya Purashkar Award2012 for her scout and guide activities. Her hobbies are to paint, make hand crafts and watch Discovery channel. She also likes reading classics like Othello. All the three of themhad participated in NIF’s competition as school students.
While there are laws preventing a two wheeler driver to ride without a helmet, yet the same is not followed properly. A lot of deaths in road accidents occur due to this. Arthi, Vinotha and Lailaa independently thought about this problem. The innovators wondered if the helmet is so useful and lifesaving, why it cannot be used to switch on the ignition to start a two wheeler. It effectively means that until the rider has worn the helmet, the vehicle would not start.