Students create simulator to help reduce motorcycle accidents

An engineer and a group of university students have created a simulator that will help in the design of motorcycles in order to make them safer and help reduce traffic accidents. This project was developed by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta with financing from the Malta Council for Science and Technology, MCST. Minister Owen Bonnici stated that this sector is continuing to expand in Malta through boosting of human resources and more funds aimed at assisting similar research and innovation projects.

Adams is a simulator that works through innovative technology. Engineer Philip Farrugia from the University’s Faculty of Engineering said the idea for this project came about after one of his students died in a motorcycle accident. The project kicked off from there, and led to the development of this simulator, aimed at contributing to the design of safer motorcycles in order to prevent accidents.

“It adjusts according to a rider’s measurements, and can also be configured according to the type of motorcycle. Besides, we are hoping to generate awareness about how a motorcycle’s measurements influence the driving experience. Research has shown that if a rider is not comfortable in driving, there is more chance of his or her being injured in an accident.”

Engineer Farrugia added that the work on the Ride and Safe project also involved Faculty students at master and doctorate levels, who perfected the design of the simulator with the help of financing to the tune of some 195,000 euro from the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

Minister Owen Bonnici, who is responsible for research and innovation, pointed out that this sector is continuing to expand in Malta through boosting of human resources. The Minister mentioned, among other issues, that public funds are being allocated specifically for research and innovation, to enable this sector to be strengthened and to create more jobs.

“Various experts and scientists from time to time create new treatments for healthcare and medical devices; in Malta, we have major companies supplying new and innovative medical devices, and this also goes for the engineering sector. What we have seen today is a very good project with an excellent opportunity for commercialisation, not just in Malta but also abroad.”

Engineer Farrugia stated that eventually, the project will be commercialised so that motorcyclists can try out the simulator in showrooms and undergo a virtual experience based on the parameters and measurements of the motorcycle of their choice.