The list of innovations and gadgets invented for urban cyclists continue to grow.The latest invention,however, could save a significant number of cyclists’ lifes. Swedish company Hövding produced a wearable hood that senses if the cyclist is having an accident and inflates into a helmet to protect his head.
“Hövding is the world’s first airbag for cyclists and is the result of intensive research since 2005,” the company says. “Through advanced sensors, Hövding can sense the cyclist’s movement patterns and will react in case of an accident. The unique airbag will then inflate, fixate your neck and provide the world’s best shock absorption.”
“The airbag is designed like a hood and made in an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against the ground. Hövding protects nearly all of the head, while leaving the field of vision open,” the company adds. “The protection is greatest where it is needed most and the airbag provides extremely soft and gentle shock absorption. The pressure remains constant for several seconds, making it able to withstand multiple head impacts during the same accident. After that the airbag slowly starts to deflate.”
The company states that Hövding relied on accident statistics when designing the airbag. The company’s designs used an algorithm to differentiate between normal cycling and accident patterns. It then reenacted accidents with dummies and stun riders. In a recent study, Stanford University concluded that Hövding’s thickness and stiffness is “near perfect.” The helmet comes in three different sized and retails for €299.