The University of Technology of Vienna has awarded the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S D|air with the prestigious prize named after Professor Ferdinand Porsche. This is the first time the honour, assigned every two years by the Viennese University for outstanding technological innovation in the automotive industry, has been awarded to a factory motorcycle. This year’s prize went to Ducati and Dainese on account of the engineering innovation shown by both companies in a ground-breaking engineering project focused on improving safety.
Professor Bernhard Geringer, Director of the Institute of Automotive Engines and Technology of the University of Technology of Vienna and coordinator of the Professor Ferdinand Porsche Award organising committee, formally thanked Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO, who was present at the ceremony. He then handed over the 2015 prize to Federico Sabbioni, Head of Vehicle Project Management of Ducati Motor Holding.
The new Multistrada 1200 S D|air provides an intelligent vehicle-integrated system that is wireless-connected to Dainese-made Ducati Apparel D|air airbag jackets. The Multistrada D|air system analyses the data and can inflate the jacket airbags (rider and passenger) in just 45 milliseconds, considerably reducing the risk of impact-related injuries. The Multistrada 1200 S D|air has TÜV SÜD certification, issued by the authoritative German body responsible for wearable airbag standards. The 2015 version of the Multistrada 1200 S D|air will be available in European Ducati Dealerships starting from the end of July.
Sabbioni says that constructive, pioneering teamwork between Ducati and Dainese has led to the evolution of the D|air Street System incorporated on the Multistrada 1200 and now includes a new algorithm that senses when the motorcycle is sliding out from underneath the rider and consequently activates the airbag. Moreover, the on-board system of sensors and control units has been developed together with the motorcycle to ensure quality and reliability.