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Smith bike helmets to use Aleck crash sensor technology

Published July 5, 2023

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Smith will include Aleck crash sensor technology on bike helmets that will be released in the U.S. next year. Earlier this year, Aleck — which makes wireless helmet audio systems for outdoor sports — acquired Tocsen, a German startup that developed the sensor technology.

Aleck also sells a Tocsen crash sensor that can be attached to existing helmets. 

The sensor detects serious crashes and alerts emergency contacts as well as users of the Heroes Nearby mobile app if they are within 1.8 miles of the incident.

Aleck said Smith is the first brand in North America to launch cycling helmets featuring integrated Aleck CS, which will debut in four models for spring 2024.

"We are excited to announce our partnership with Smith and the work we're doing to bring crash-sensing technology to more cyclists," said Stephen Catterson, founder and CEO of Aleck. "The integration of Aleck CS into premium helmets elevates head protection to include impact detection and a valuable connection to help in the event of a serious crash, especially for those riding alone on roads or trails."

Aleck and Smith have previously collaborated on audio systems for snow helmets. This is the first Smith/Aleck project launch specific to cycling. Tocsen has previously worked with European bike helmet brands including uvex, Alpina and EKOÏ.


The aftermarket Tocsen sensor mounted to a bike helmet.

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