Can you believe this : Airbag safety for Cyclists
Anyone who rides bicycles will know the dangers of riding a bicycle without any sort of protection to the head. If a cyclist ever gets knocked off his bicycle, a head injury is the most common injury for cyclists. Even if you wear a bicycle helmet, its hard protective shell is not enough to save the cyclist from a life threatening head injury.
But now there is new revolution in town and it’s called the Hövding.
Say hello to Hövding, the world’s first airbag for cyclists. It is the result of extensive research since 2005. Through advanced sensors, Hövding will be able to sense the cyclist’s movement patterns which will react in case of an accident. The airbag will then inflate, fixate your neck and provide the best shock absorption.
It was found by researchers at Stanford University that the thickness and stiffness of the Hövding helmet is “near perfect” in terms of protecting against concussion and head injuries caused by accidents.
The researchers concluded that there is an eight-fold reduction in the risk of concussion with the Hövding airbag compared to traditional helmets.
The airbag is designed to look like a hood and made with an ultra-strong nylon fabric that will not rip when scraped against the ground. Hövding protects nearly all of the head, while leaving the field of vision open.
The inflated airbag covers a much larger area than a traditional cycle helmet and provides extremely soft and gentle shock absorption. The pressure remains constant for several seconds, making it able to withstand multiple head impacts during the same accident after which the airbag slowly starts to deflate.
The gas inflator that will expand the airbag is set in a holder on the collar on the cyclist’s back. Hövding’s gas inflator is also called cold gas inflator that uses helium.
Hövding is an invention that could save millions of lives. Watch the clip below showing the air bag live in action…