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Unit 1 Faro smart helmet boasts automatic brake lights, remote-operated turn signals, more!

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Unit 1 has released what could very well be the ultimate helmet for urban cycle commuters. Integrated into its sleek veneer is a host of LEDs at the rear that serve to inform traffic of the rider’s intentions. Braking? The Faro has automatic lights for that. Turning left or right? Use the handlebar-mounted remote to send moving arrows across the back of the helmet, clearly indicating the direction you’re about to turn. This helmet is packed to the brim with cool safety features… here’s more.

Unit 1 Faro Helmet

unit 1 faro smart commuter helmet automatic brake lights remote operated turn signals crash detector mips

In addition to its strip of white LEDs out front, and red LEDs on the rear, the Unit 1 Faro Smart Helmet packs a further 40 LEDs at the rear, the behavior and color of which is customizable through the Faro App. An accelerometer inside the shell detects when the rider is slowing down triggering the LEDs to light up indicating to traffic that you’re braking.

unit 1 faro brake indicator turn signal leds

It seems you can tune that too; you can have them flash quickly to be more attention-grabbing than to just simply stay on continuously through the braking. That accelerometer serves another purpose; that of a crash detector. If it senses the helmet come to a very sudden stop, it communicates with the Faro App on your smartphone to alert your chosen emergency contacts of a fall.

unit 1 faro handlebar mounted turn signal remote

The handlebar-mounted remote is an optional add-on. Simple left and right buttons allow you to indicate at junctions to let traffic at the rear and side know that you’re making a turn – without taking your hands off the grips. The lights for that can be customized too; choose flashing arrows that move in the direction you’re turning, or opt for a block of lights to flash on either side, a bit more like the indicators on cars.

unit 1 faro mips add on

MIPS is another optional add-on. This is a separate liner that sits inside the EPS liner that allows the helmet to rotate 10-15mm in any direction upon impact independently to the wearer’s head, reducing energy transferred to the rider. It’s a common helmet safety technology used widely on performance road and mountain bike helmets and is said to make any helmet around 10% safer.

unit 1 faro app customization

Pricing & Availability

The Unit 1 Faro Smart Helmet is available to pre-order direct from Unit 1 now, with a pre-order discount of 10% bringing the price down to £139.99. Add MIPS and a handlebar-mounted remote for an extra £26.47 each. The next batch is due to ship in late November.


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2 years ago

480g weight. You’re going to feel that after 15 minutes.

2 years ago

car drivers don’t heed this kind of thing, they hardly notice other cars turn signals, it’s very optimistic to think a brake light on a cycle helmet will be noticed and understood.

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
1 year ago

This isn’t new….Lumos were the original creators of this idea. I’ve had their helmet for months

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