Alpinestars Tech-Air Airbag System Advances

Mar 26, 2014 View Comments by

Alpinestars Tech-Air Airbag System AdvancesMotorcycle racing, for all of its speed and apparent danger, has become dramatically safer over the years thanks to continual advances in motorcycle, racetrack, and protective gear design. Wearable airbag systems are one of these recent breakthroughs and Alpinestars has just taken them a step further. The latest version of A-Stars Tech-Air system holds eight times the volume of air as the previous iteration providing protection for the shoulders, back, torso, sides, and hips all with one airbag. A microprocessor monitors the rider’s movements with input from sensors on the arms and legs, as well as by the processor itself. The processor can detect a crash and inflate the airbag in 50 milliseconds or less, which is generally well before any initial impact. The entire system is completely contained within the Tech-Air race leather suit, which has expansion panels to allow the airbag to inflate, and includes an integrated battery pack to power the processor. LED indicator lights on the suit’s left forearm let the rider know the Tech-Air’s battery status and whether the airbag is armed or not. This season Alpinestars’ riders on the MotoGP World Championship circuit will wear the new Tech-Air Airbag. As with most racing technology, it’s only a matter of time before it finds its way, in one form or another, to the street.


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