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Reducing the dangers of ATVs

An audible alarm to help prevent ATV accidents has been awarded nearly $100,000 through the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas program.

Ignite Ideas aims to help businesses who are ready to take their innovative ideas to the next level and potentially create products and services with huge global market potential.

The "patent pending" alarm is the brainchild of Allsafe FNQ Director Colin Lawson, who invented the product in response to the increasing number of fatalities associated with ATVs, also known as quad bikes.

The Atherton-based inventor says the device, called the ATV Angle Alarm, is an audible alarm which is activated when an ATV approaches its maximum tipping angle, giving the rider warning to be able to take preventative measures and avoid an accident.

Mr Lawson says the alarm could make a significant difference especially in rural communities where quads are the largest cause of fatalities.

Colin Lawson, Allsafe FNQ Director

“Our ultimate aim is to prevent quad fatalities in the rural sector and reduce Australia’s ATV fatality rate from rollovers,” Mr Lawson says.

“There are currently no other similar identified devices on the market that provide an effective preventative measure against rollover accidents. Therefore commercialisation of the device in a timely manner is imperative.”

He says the project will create a safer work environment for rural Australians with the long-term goal for the product to be adopted as safety best practice in council and government purchasing policies with a view to be fitted to all quad bikes sold in Australia, New Zealand and the USA being used in a work environment.

The Ignite Ideas Fund provides grants to small businesses in Queensland to bring innovative new products and services to the market and create the knowledge-based jobs of the future.

A total of 39 applicants were successful in the program’s first round, representing a funding commitment of $5.65 million.”

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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