But innovations in airbags can help keep motorcyclists safe.
The wearer tests the jeans on the bike, and if they fall off the motorcycle, the airbags are released and filled with compressed air, reducing the load on the lower body. The airbag can then be emptied, refilled with gas and put back in the jeans to be used again, Shahrivar explains.
Airbag Inside Sweden AB is in the process of getting the jeans certified in accordance with European health and safety standards and puts them through a series of collision tests.
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Shahrivar says this is the first time this type of protection will be available for the lower body.
Similar technology for the upper body has been around for more than 20 years. Motorcycle airbag vests can be fitted under a jacket, protecting the chest, neck and sometimes the back.
Early versions were tied to the bike, such as Shahrivar’s jeans, but recently autonomous electronic airbags have been developed, which instead use high-tech sensors to detect when the rider is about to fall.
Among the autonomous airbags on the market is a system created by the French company In & motion.
The company started designing portable airbags for professional skiers in 2011 and has since adapted the technology for motorcyclists. Instead of using a band to trigger airbags, it has created a “brain” consisting of GPS, gyroscope and accelerometer. This box is slightly larger than a smartphone, and is located on the back of any compatible vest.
“The sensors measure movement in real time, and the algorithm is able to detect a fall or an accident to inflate the airbag just before a crash,” In-motion communications manager Anne-Laure Hoegeli told CNN Business.
The box measures the rider’s position 1000 times per second. As soon as an “irreparable imbalance” is detected, the airbag is triggered and inflated to protect the user’s chest, abdomen, neck and spine, Hoegeli explains. This only takes 60 milliseconds.
In & motion recently raised € 10 million ($ 12 million) in funding to expand in Europe and the United States.
While the basic operation is similar to other electronic airbags on the market, In & motion has an affordable subscription service, explains Emma Franklin, assistant editor of Motorcycle News. “Their system has in many ways made airbags more accessible to everyday people,” Franklin told CNN Business.
Riders can either buy the box directly for $ 400 or rent it from In & motion for about $ 120 a year. Users in France also have access to a setting that calls emergency services in the event of a crash.
“From the few papers, case studies and articles I’ve seen, they seem to be a very useful device,” says Frampton.
“I am for them – chest, neck and spine are all areas where you can get life-threatening injuries.”