Honda led the way in 2006 when it integrated an airbag into the Goldwing motorcycle. Now, the company is taking a further step, designing a new generation of cutting-edge airbags for motorcycles and filing for a patent.
The Japanese manufacturer has a new design to replace the one introduced in 2006 on the Goldwing and still used on the GL 1800. This system would surpass other protective devices like airbag vests, backpacks or helmets. The current system can protect riders against frontal impact but not side impacts, which Honda’s latest prototype aims to tackle. In case of an accident, it would deploy around the driver, creating a safety barrier for total protection.
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A motorcycle airbag that deploys from the crotch?
According to plans we’ve seen, the airbag could be located at the level of the crotch- we prefer the second design which features an airbag that would deploy from the back of the vehicle’s seat. Both ideas see the airbag winding around the rider, offering a higher level of protection than ever before. Nothing’s certain yet, but the plans make for interesting viewing.
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