The German and Italian firms have joined forces to bring a BMW Motorrad version of Alpinestars’ Tech-Air to Beemer enthusiasts. The technology allows riders to benefit from significantly more upper body protection, both when riding on road or off.
For the system, which is integrated into the jacket via a liner vest, to function there are no motorcycle mounted sensors, which means that riders can ride one bike in the morning and another in the evening without compromising on safety, or having to waste time adapting multiple bikes to the tech. The system itself makes use of an algorithm to help ascertain if danger is imminent. If it determines danger to be imminent, it deploys a full upper body airbag in advance of collision. That means that the chest, kidneys, back and shoulders, which are often the most vulnerable areas in a collision, are far more protected.
The jacket, designed for both men and women riders will be available from October 2016.