Holding Trophy confirms the marketing of its wireless airbag in 2009
The protection of two-wheeled users through the deployment of airbags is at the heart of much research.. After several years of development, Holding Trophy presents a wireless device that aims to be efficient and autonomous..
A delicate application on two-wheelers
Become common in cars – some have up to eight, including impressive "curtain" airbags that open along the windows – the airbag is the result of half a century of studies and research. . Its active protective role is therefore now well anchored in the collective unconscious and in the specifications of manufacturers..
A delicate application on two-wheelers
Motorcycle accidents in figures
Poor student of road safety (see box opposite), the practice of motorcycling is regularly pointed out, as the lack of protection and the direct exposure of its driver to shocks can lead to serious injuries and often irreversible injuries. . Directly concerned by the problem, constructors and manufacturers are constantly improving the safety of their users: ABS is available on many motorcycles – even the most sporty with Honda (read our) – the tires are still more efficient and increasingly secure equipment.
However, the airbag so present in cars has difficulty piercing the side of the motorcycle. The various players regularly break their noses over issues of cost, weight and practicality. An airbag is well offered on the Honda Goldwing, but it loses its usefulness in the event of the pilot being ejected and its distribution is limited for the moment to the luxury flagship of the brand for reasons of congestion..
It is indeed difficult to find the space necessary for this complex system on contemporary motorcycles, on which every centimeter is already optimized. Consequently, many are convinced that the airbag must be "worn" by the driver, which offers three advantages: no modification is to be made to the machine, the driver can change mount as he wishes while remaining protected, and the inflated device around the rider also protects against shocks suffered after ejection from the motorcycle.
More localized protection is at the heart of the debates: the figures show that the most severe – even fatal – injuries in the event of a fall are mainly confined to the upper part of the body (head, abdomen, thorax and spine). Therefore, it seems logical to focus on a portable device that effectively protects these organs (see diagram above).
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