The first time Ryan Shearman was scared for his life was when he was waiting longer than an hour for an ambulance to arrive to the scene of his motorcycle accident. Ryan was hit by a car and had to wait due to a delay caused by heavy traffic and incorrect directions given from the driver who hit him.
According to a study by the National EMS Information System, for children 0-18 years old it takes paramedics on average 35 minutes to be notified, dispatched, arrive to a scene, and then transport a patient to a hospital. However, the number increases for those over the age of 18 to 36.5 minutes. These are just averages, imagine when other factors like traffic, rural areas, and unclear directions are involved. Ryan escaped this accident with a concussion and a hip contusion. After this very scary experience he decided to take it upon himself to create Fusar, a technology hardware company.
Before Fusar, Ryan designed high end men’s jewelry for David Yurman. With his design experience and passion he created a company that could make action sports safer.
Fusar’s flagship product is a camera device that, upon impact, saves the last two minutes of audio and video recording and sends preloaded emergency contacts an alert along with the user’s GPS coordinates and nearby EMS dispatcher phone numbers. The system is an HD-video, navigation system, black box and communication system wrapped into one.
In a world full of connected devices, Ryan was shocked that a product like this did not exist. To date, the company has raised $2.3 million in funding. Its products include an app, headset, camera, a handlebar remote to record and share audio and video footage, a GPS tracker to track and share location, and a feature that makes emergency calls upon impact. Fusar’s products will be available between the end of June and mid- September, 2016.
As a motorcycle enthusiast myself, I am surprised something like this does not exist. These products could help motorcyclists in the event of an emergency as well has help paramedics cut down response times with clear directions to the accident location. It could potentially help personal injury attorneys, like me, get a better understanding of the collision because of the audio and video features. This product could help not only attorneys, but police officers, investigators, etc. determine how accidents happened and give them a more clear understanding of whose at fault.
I am curious how this product will perform once it hits the market and is used in an emergency situation. Give me an example of a time you may have needed this product. Do you think this product will be beneficial to the motorcycle rider? Feel free to share your thoughts.