BMW Motorrad & Alpinestars team up on airbag jacket
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Posted by: Wes Fleming
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BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announced an exclusive cooperation in innovative motorcycle safety clothing. The first product launched under this cooperative effort will be a jointly developed BMW Motorrad jacket (branded by both entities) with newly developed airbag technology. Male and female versions of the jacket will be released later this year.
The underlying technology is Alpinestars' Tech-Air™ airbag system, the world's first self-contained airbag system for motorcyclists that functions independently, without the need for sensors installed on the bike or the need to link a specific motorcycle to the rider's airbag system.
In other words, there's no time wasted configuring electronics or verifying that it works with your bike - it works out of the box with any motorcycle or scooter.
The BMW Motorrad/Alpinestars airbag jacket offers comprehensive upper body protection (shoulders, back and frontal torso). By incorporating its sensors close to the rider's body, the airbag system activates without the need for a triggering signal (wireless or otherwise) to be sent from the bike.
BMW Motorrad has always regarded motorcycling and safety as being
inseparably linked and anchored in the "Safety 360°" principle. "Safety 360°" breaks down the overall concept of safe motorcycling into three facets: safety technology in the vehicle, safety deriving from rider equipment and safety through rider training.
Alpinestars has been innovating motorcycle riding technology for rider protection, performance and comfort for over 50 years. The Tech-Air™ airbag system, which forms the basis of their active safety cooperation with BMW Motorrad, is the result of Alpinestars’ intensive research and development dating back to 2001.
Both companies have maintained a leading role in active and passive motorcycling safety for decades.