Friday, 15 August 2014
When a motorcycle hits a car, things rarely go well for the rider. To make riding a bit safer, Ducati Motorcycles and apparel firm Dainese have teamed up to introduce what they say is the world’s first wireless airbag jacket. While traditional airbag jackets activate by pulling a ripcord, the fully integrated Dainese system triggers wirelessly. Available on the $US19,995 Ducati Multistrada 1200 touring bike, the safety system uses the onboard accelerometer and central computer to sense a crash. That activates the jacket’s “cold” technology gas generators in just 45 milliseconds, fast enough to inflate the jacket before the rider hits a car or the ground.