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In&motion create smartphone-connected crash vest that can call for help in an accident

Published: 13 January 2017

Updated: 20 January 2017

In&motion has unveiled a new crash vest at the CES Show in Las Vegas, which will inflate in an impact and call for rescuers if it detects the rider isn’t moving.

The vest, which is worn below your riding jacket, uses a system known as In&box which is hidden inside an in-built certified back protector and will anticipate crashes and inflate to shield the most sensitive areas of the body in a crash.

Previously making similar designs for skiers, the firm claims that the vest can detect an impact and inflate in less than 100 milliseconds. It also has the ability to send relatives a text message in the event of an accident, which contains the rider’s GPS coordinates.

The company have been working in conjunction with French motorcycle clothing firm Ixon and have been adapting their safety products for MotoGP for the last two years with riders including Bradley Smith.

In&motion’s Anne-Laure Hoegeli spoke to MCN and said: “For those pilots, what matters the most is performance so we had to develop protective gear that is as light and easy to wear as possible. It was a good start to develop the product for the road.”

The final product is expected to be released early next year.

What else was unveiled?

Honda’s self-balancing concept

Honda’s self-balancing concept bike was another highlight of the Las Vegas show. Using technology taken from the famous ASIMO robot, the bike enters a ‘balance mode’ when travelling at 3mph or less.

The Cosmo Connected brake light

Made up of 12 LEDs and attaching to the back of your helmet, French company Cosmo Connected claim this connected brake light is the first of its kind. It is attached via magnets and is suitable for any helmet currently on the market.

Why not look at our reports from the Intermot and EICMA shows to see what else there is to look forward to this year?


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