Airbag Bike Helmet Aims to Make Riding SaferThe Hövding, a new bicycle helmet that doesn't cover your hair, tries to mix safety with style. In Sweden, 80 percent of people ride bikes, but only a third wear helmets. A new type of helmet is worn like a scarf, but activates an airbag when a cyclist is in a crash.
The product has been in development for seven years, in partnership with experts on cycling head injuries, airbag technologies, mathematics, and crash tests.
The airbag is designed like a hood and made in an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won't rip when scraped against the ground. Hövding protects almost the entire head, while leaving the field of vision open.
The inflated airbag is designed according to current accident statistics. The protection is greatest where it is needed most and the airbag 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 the accident the airbag slowly starts to deflate. The cold gas inflator uses helium that inflates the airbag is placed in a holder in the collar on the cyclist's back.
Thousands of cycling accidents were re-enacted using stunt riders and crash-test dummies to collect the specific movement patterns of cyclists in accidents. An equal amount of normal cycling data has been collected using test cyclists wearing Hövding in everyday cycling.
For more information, check out Hövding's official website at hovding.com
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