VIDEO: Alpinestars Tech-Air street airbag system adds to safety of motorcyclists

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Motorcycles are considered to be one of the most dangerous forms of transportation (source: family taunts that we have been hearing all our lives). But this, in fact, is statistically true as well. The major causes of deaths in motorcycle accidents are due to lack of safety nets. Now although things are not going to change overnight, global motorcycle riding safety gear major Alpinestars has added an innovative system to enhance the safety of motorcyclists by introducing a new airbag system for its jackets. Named as Tech-Air, the new safety system offers upper body protection in case of an accident. This compact, self-contained, personal airbag vest can be used on any type of motorcycle.

Here is the introductory video of the Tech-Air safety system:

The Tech-Air street airbag system detects a motorcycle rider’s impending loss of control or crash impact and instantaneously deploys an electronically triggered airbag to help prevent injury to the upper body. The system uses an algorithm developed for street riding to detect danger with the greatest precision. The inflatable protection gives the rider comprehensive protection in a crash by covering the full back, shoulders, kidney areas and chest. Alpinestars claims that once fired, the Tech-Air will fully inflate in 25 milliseconds.


Explaining the compatibility and availability of this new safety system, Alpinestars says, “Thanks to its unique and innovative design, the Tech-Air street airbag system can be used for road/street and off-road adventure touring riding. The system, which incorporates the Airbag Control Unit (ACU) and components, can be used interchangeably with compatible outer jacket models. For the launch, two models are available – the Valparaiso For Tech-Air and the Viper For Tech-Air textile jackets. Therefore, by situating the sensors on the rider’s body instead of the bike, Tech-Air can be used on ANY terrain, without having to stop to change, deactivate or reconfigure settings.”

Here is a crash test video of this riding jacket. Do let us know your thoughts and opinion through comments below.

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