Brighton Students win £1000 for hi-vis cycling jacket concept

University students from Brighton have won £1000 from FHOSS after developing a jacket that illuminates in the dark and is reversible so it looks ‘normal’ in the day time.

The winning team came up with the reversible jacket which has strip lights on one side to be worn at night time and then a plain look to the other side which can be used in the day. 

Lights are embedded in the coat making it much easier for other road users to see them. There is also a set of flashing lights down each sleeve to act as an indicator when an arm is raised to signal a turn. 

University students from Brighton have won £1000 from FHOSS after developing a jacket that illuminates in the dark and is reversible so it looks ‘normal’ in the day time.

The winning team came up with the reversible jacket which has strip lights on one side to be worn at night time and then a plain look to the other side which can be used in the day. 

Lights are embedded in the coat making it much easier for other road users to see them. There is also a set of flashing lights down each sleeve to act as an indicator when an arm is raised to signal a turn. 

One of the students involved in the project said the lights in the jacket were powered by a rechargeable battery cell and could be operated from a control panel in the sleeve. The panel could also be connected to via bluetooth to an iPhone allowing the controls to be activated by voice commands. 

Another member of the team explained that the idea for the jacket came about when he was stopped in Brighton for riding without lights.

The team said they realised that hi-vis clothing wasn’t attractive, particularly to young people and decided to work with the council and other students to come up with something to combat the problem. 

They walked away with the prize money after a presentation in front of product design, fashion and business students from around the UK.