Emergency alarm for motorcyclists on IVA's 100 List

An ordinary smartphone can be used to detect traffic accidents. That is the simple but brilliant idea behind the Detecht app, which already has gained positive response from motorcyclists and SOS Alarm. Now, the project has been selected for IVA’s 100 List.
For the second consecutive year, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) presents its 100 List, which highlights current and important research. On the list 2020, research that focuses on sustainability is brought to the fore. The purpose is to promote researchers and companies to find each other, and together be able to create innovations and new business opportunities.

Stefan CandefjordIt is fantastic that our research is on the list”, says Stefan Candefjord, Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and one of the originators of the algorithm on which the app is based. “Hopefully, this will give us opportunities to find new partners to further develop functionality and usability. Furthermore, our project is selected to be presented at IVA’s Research2Business Summit on March 18, where I will participate.”

Detecht is a social app aimed at motorcyclists that can save lives via automatic emergency alarm to 112. Using the built-in sensors in the driver’s own mobile phone, the app is able to detect patterns in movement data that distinguish a crash from normal driving.

Collaboration between researchers and students
Through an advantageous collaboration with Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, the company Detecht Technologies AB was formed in 2018. The app has been successfully tested on Swedish roads during the motorcycle season of 2019. The crashes that have occurred have been detected correctly, and the alarm chain has worked according to plan. Additionally, the number of false alarms has been low. SOS Alarm has evaluated the function and decided to include the app in its regular alarm preparedness. 

“It is great that the tests show such positive results, and that the concept is proved to work all the way from motorcyclist to alarm”, Stefan Candefjord continues. “As far as I know, this is the first road safety app evaluated and implemented by SOS Alarm.”

New features on its way
Work is in progress to integrate more features into the app. This may include such components as extended safety features showing advance information on potential hazards and accident prone roads, or to recommended routes based on the driver’s preferences.

Commercial interest is starting to increase as well. So far, more than 60 000 downloads of the app have been made, most of them in Sweden, but there is also a growing interest from the international market.

“Motorcyclists are particularly exposed in traffic, and they have a high demand for innovations that contribute to increased road traffic safety”, says Stefan Candefjord. “Other unprotected road users, such as cyclists, horse riders and all-terrain vehicle drivers, could also benefit from our technology.”

Text: Yvonne Jonsson
Portrait photo​: Emmy Jonsson

Read more about Detecht

For more information please contact:
Stefan Candefjord, Assistant Professor in the Biomedical electromagnetics research group, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, stefan.candefjord@chalmers.se

Other involved in the project
Bengt Arne Sjöqvist, PhD, Associate Professor; Leif Sandsjö, PhD, Associate Professor; Robert Andersson, MSc



Published: Mon 02 Mar 2020.