Automotive safety supplier Autoliv has is looking beyond the car: The company has developed a series of products to improve motorcycle safety. The concepts include the world’s first motorcycle helmet with an integrated airbag for enhanced head protection in collaboration with the Italian helmet manufacturer Airoh, airbags for protective clothing, and a motorcycle airbag.
A holistic approach to motorcycle safety Instead of focusing on one specific safety product, Autoliv Research has identified the types of severe injuries that are most frequently sustained by motorcycle riders. The injury mechanisms were then reproduced in virtual and physical testing. Based on insights derived from the tests, two sets of new safety solutions were developed: on-vehicle- and on-rider safety solutions. “To substantially reduce the number of motorcycle rider injuries and fatalities, we need to take a holistic approach where we investigate several combined countermeasures”, said Mikael Bratt, President, and CEO of Autoliv.
Together with Airoh, Autoliv has developed a concept of a motorcycle helmet with an integrated airbag. According to the company, tests have shown that the peak linear head acceleration and head injury risk in an impact can be significantly reduced by utilizing airbag technology. In addition, Autoliv now plans to improve chest and shoulder protection for motorcycle riders, primarily to protect a rider that is ejected from a motorcycle. Consequently, Autoliv is developing inflators and airbags for protective clothing such as rider jackets.
Extensive virtual simulations and crash tests have also shown that an airbag in a frontal collision can reduce injury risk to head, neck, and chest. Autoliv has developed an airbag mounted on the vehicle frame which is deployed in milliseconds during a crash.
The innovations will be presented at the EICMA trade fair in Milan, Italy on November 8-13, 2022.