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Air Bags for motorcycle riders

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Using a slew of accelerometers and gyroscopes, the D-Air Racing Suit from Dainese has embedded airbags located around the shoulder/neck portion of the suit that is capable of deploying in the event a rider takes a spill. The built-in computer constantly monitors the rider’s orientation and is able to command the airbags to inflate in 40 milliseconds. The entire system is independent from the bike.

The D-Air Racing Suit seems to only protect the upper body: neck, shoulder, and collarbone. The motorcycle rider is still vulnerable to leg scratches and bruises, but the leather suit should offer some protection against the asphalt. It took ten years before Dainese was able to get the system just right and they’ve proudly released a demo:

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Via: Winding Road




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