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