Chinese food delivery platform Ele.me last week unveiled a new smart helmet designed for the millions of delivery riders in the country who can frequently be seen dashing through the country’s bustling streets to bring people their food orders to tight deadlines, reports the South China Morning Post. The gear, promoted by the company during the World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen last week, is laden with a flurry of software-enabled functions, sensors and patents to ensure road safety for riders, said the company.
According to Alibaba Group Holding-backed Ele.me, while the helmet looks and feels similar to a standard piece of equipment, it is packed with barometric, pressure and gravity sensors that can monitor a rider’s posture, and automatically reach emergency contacts in the event of an accident.
Thanks to AI-empowered voice interaction capabilities provided by the DAMO Academy, an Alibaba research institute, riders using the helmet can also answer customer calls hands-free and en route to a destination. Ele.me said it has been testing the gear in Shanghai since the end of last year.