Helite Airbag Vest for Cyclists

According to the Helite French company, about 40% of cyclists’severe injuries affect the chest, another quarter – the spine. This statistic prompted French developers to create an airbag vest for fans of bikes.

The novelty was shown at the last CES 2019 exhibition. The B’Safe system includes a safety vest and an electronic unit installed under the bicycle seat. The device is effective for 2 types of accidents.

In one case, the accelerometer of the electronic unit reacts, activating the motion sensor built into the vest. When the sensor of falling works, the cartridge filled with carbon dioxide is activated. The gas instantly fills the airbag built into the vest. Everything takes 80 milliseconds. If a person falls, for example, on a slippery road, the sensor will also react to a sharp change in the cyclist’s position, ensuring the operation of the system. A fully charged battery is enough for a week of use. In general, the battery can last for 5 years.

The new device will be sold in 2 colors: black and yellow with a light-reflecting element. In the spring the B’Safe system will go on sale in America and Europe and will cost $700.