Motorcycle airbag systems have taken an impressive step forward. Protective gear company Klim and In&motion, an award-winning French airbag manufacturer specializing in smart protection systems, recently announced a partnership agreement.
The Klim Ai-1 Rally Airbag Vest is a lightweight, ADV-oriented electronic protection system that utilizes artificial intelligence. Fully wireless and autonomous, it requires no sensors on the motorcycle.
In&motion’s In&Box Detect-Protect-Perfect (DPP) sensor platform provides impact sensitivity via continuous algorithm updates to inflate the vest via an inert-gas canister in under 60 milliseconds in the event of a fall. Designed to be user-friendly, the canister can be easily replaced.
In&motion has created an adventure-specific riding mode that allows for low-speed tipovers without activating the airbag, avoiding unnecessary inflation. Multiple detection modes are available to allow riders to select the appropriate mode for each situation. The Adventure mode is available as a subscription option in addition to the standard Street and Track modes.
The Ai-1 Rally Airbag Vest—designed to protect the thorax, abdomen, spine, and neck—is the only five-star SRA-Certified (Europe’s top safety rating) smart airbag. D30 CP1 CE Level 1 vented split chest protector pads and a D30 CE Level 2 vented back pad provide added protection in lower speed falls and are situated between the rider and the air bladder, offering impact absorption even without inflation.
Augmenting the vest’s polypropylene shell, the fabric is moisture wicking and breathable. A stretch mesh chassis provides comfort and a low profile beneath motorcycle jackets and one-piece suits that meet size requirements.
The In&Box battery offers a claimed 25 hours of continuous use and is supported by an automatic standby mode. Since May 2017, data from more than 50 million global miles in all conditions have been collected and analyzed in the development of the AI crash detection algorithms powering the vest, the companies claim.
The Ai-1 Rally Airbag Vest is now available online. The vest retails for $469.99, with the In&Box Detection module adding $399 as a one-time purchase or a monthly $10 as a subscription option.