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AIIMS and IIT to work on ‘low cost high quality’ helmet

Bhubaneswar-based AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) and IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) are jointly working on a ‘low cost high quality’ helmet for motorcycle riders.

It would be light weight and with adequate air passage to make it popular among riders, AIIMS faculty in-charge of research cell Dilip Kumar Parida said.

He said helmets would significantly reduce number of road accident deaths, still helmet is not very popular among motorcycle riders. The reasons may be its costs, comfort and mindset.

Carbon fibre would be used to develop the high-tensile helmet. Some of the key factors the researchers would keep in mind would be to ensure that the helmet’s point of contact with the head should be such that there is less sweating and enough air passage for comfort.

The mechanical engineering department of IIT and a team of neurosurgeons led by AIIMS director A K Mahapatra would undertake research for the proposed headgear. IIT dean Sujit Roy confirmed the collaboration. (Source – The Times of India)