Ather 450X to receive TPMS & Smart Helmet as accessories

In an interview with Autocar Professional, Swapnil Jain, co-founder and CTO, Ather Energy revealed that the company is planning to introduce two new accessories for its Ather 450X scooter. Ather plans to roll out its Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by October 2020 and offer a smart helmet option by end of March 2021. These features are designed to exploit the scooter’s connected tech features and build a lead over rivals in tech-savviness.

A tyre pressure monitor gives you vital information like current tyre pressure, the loss of pressure, fast leakage or an increase in temperature. Most of them are offered as plug & play kits which replace the original valve caps. These systems are wireless and pair seamlessly to the digital display that clip on to the handlebar to transmit the pressure data. In the case of Ather, the 7-inch TFT LCD panel on its 450X should receive and display values and maintaining the ideal pressure will have a positive bearing on the travel range.

Smart helmets could also be a very useful accessory in the aspects of safety and convenience. We already get Bluetooth communication devices today that can be fitted to motorcycle helmets. These are paired with the phone and transmits the sound information directly from smartphone device to the helmet. The smart helmet could potentially feature speakers and microphone which can be paired to the touchscreen system on the Ather scooter. With onboard connectivity features like 4G LTE Cat-4 support / WCDMA / EDGE and support for Bluetooth 4.2 and 5.0, information on the screen can be relayed to the helmet via audio. If the system supports voice commands, the user could use the microphone in the helmet to perform certain tasks. Features like Navigation guidance and calls can take advantage of this system and ensures the user fully concentrates on riding. We expect Ather to start with a basic system and present new features with upcoming versions as this is an area where advancements are quick with the camera, lighting, GPS, audio and smart visor display.

Ather is also looking to offer customers an option to retrofit 4G for its first generation of smart scooters which come with 3G module.

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