Dguard £500

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This in­no­cent-look­ing but­ton on the han­dle­bars might just save a life. It’s the ac­ti­va­tion but­ton for Dguard, an ‘e-call’ sys­tem sim­i­lar to those fit­ted in top-end cars and, later this year, the BMW K1600GT. The ad­van­tage is it can be fit­ted to any bike.

E-call sys­tems work by de­tect­ing crashes and alert­ing the emer­gency ser­vices, giv­ing the op­er­a­tor key in­for­ma­tion. If paired to a Blue­tooth head­set, it will try to con­nect you to the op­er­a­tor and the but­ton al­lows the rider to call if wit­ness­ing an ac­ci­dent. It works across Europe and the de­vel­op­ers have crash-tested it, claim­ing it can­not go off ac­ci­den­tally. It has to be fit­ted by a trained in­staller.

It pairs to a smart­phone app and, us­ing sen­sors on the bike, also works as an anti-theft de­vice send­ing alerts to the phone if it moves when it shouldn’t. It will then use the GPS to track where it goes, so it can be found. www.dguard.com

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