Worlds First Airbag for Cyclists – This Could Save a Cyclists Life

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Worlds First Cyclists Airbag by Hövding

Hövding is the world’s first cyclists airbag and is the result of intensive research since 2005. Through advanced sensors, the cyclist’s motion patterns can be sensed by Hövding and will respond in case of an accident. The unique airbag will then inflate, fixate your neck and supply the world’s finest shock absorption.

AIRBAG SYSTEM

The airbag is made like a hood and made in an ultra-strong nylon cloth that will not tear when scraped against the earth.

The inflated airbag covers a much bigger area than a traditional cycle helmet and is designed according to present injury statistics. The protection is greatest where it’s needed most and the airbag supplies shock absorption that is mild and extremely soft. The pressure stays constant for several seconds, making it capable to withstand multiple head impacts during exactly the same injury. After that the airbag slowly starts to deflate.

The gas inflator that inflates the airbag is placed in a holder in the collar on the cyclist’s back. The gas inflator of Hövding is a so called.

SENSORS AND ALGORITHM

How Hövding tells the difference between biking and accidents:

Thousands of cycling injuries were reenacted using stunt riders and crash-test dummies to amass the specific motion patterns of cyclists in injuries. In parallel, an equal amount of normal cycling information was collected using evaluation cyclists wearing Hövding in regular cycling. Based on this accumulated data, we’ve developed an algorithm that can distinguish injuries and normal cycling.

Regular cycling means all the scenarios and moves that typically happen in a cycling context, bending down to pick up keys, etc.

ON/OFF THE AIRBAG

To put on your Hövding, set it around your neck and pull up the zip under your chin. The zip must be fully shut for the collar to function right. There’s an on/off switch on the zip label that activates when it is attached to the right-hand Hövding side of the collar.

At the front of the collar there are LEDs revealing the battery level and whether Hövding is off or on. On/off is additionally suggested by a sound signal.

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