The advancement in technology has resulted in some genius and mind-boggling innovations. We are breathing in the 21st century, where at every minute there is an innovation. And, when it comes to safety related development no one would compromise with the functionality of the product.
Alpinestars Motorcycle seems to be more focused on the rider’s safety in the case of road mishaps. It recently got a Top Innovation award for its Tech-Air airbag in the wearable category. The award ceremony was held at Consumer Electronics Show, Shanghai, China.
The newly designed Tech-Air system is an airbag that is integrated with compatible motorcycle jackets made by Alpinestars. It is crafted to sense an accident and inflate before the rider gets impacted to protect the upper body of the rider. The jacket is equipped with loads of sensors that are placed in the back, on shoulders, and on the chest of the jacket. Moreover, the detection of the process is done through a control unit integrated into the Jacket itself. The placement of the sensor in jacket has precisely done to ensure the detection of an accident from any direction. Once the system is triggered, two deployment charges swiftly inflate the airbag that covers the rider with a protective cushion.
However, this technology isn’t totally new in the wearable equipment. Tech-Air has been into action since 2009 in MotoGP and the maker has been constantly testing it for the street application since many years.
Talking about the precision and reliability of the Tech-Air, let’s take a real-life example of MotoGP World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, who met with accident thrice wearing Tech-Air at Laguna Seca in 2011. The Alpinestars airbag wore by him deployed 760 milli-seconds before the body hit the track.
The company claims that through all of its mandatory tests, the airbag proved its efficiency in a reliable way. It inflated precisely before the impact while testing on dummies. It also assured that, in the case of an inadvertent inflation, it won’t throw the rider away from the bike.
This innovative Tech-Air is presently available only in Europe and the launching schedule in other countries is yet to be disclosed. So, stay connected to know more about such innovations.