D-Air project: A new process for defining innovative motorcyclist safety and demonstrating their performance

D-Air-Projekt: Ein neuer Ansatz fuer die Entwicklung innovativer Fahrerausstattung und Demonstration ihrer Leistungsfaehigkeit

Over the years, the problem of road safety has become more pressing even though ten years have passed since both the authorities and the public asked for new means of making our roads safer. Given the mixture of technology in use at that time, there was not much room for improvement as it had already nearly reached its evolutionary limit. Airbag technology seemed the most promising response right from the start but the development of what we now know as D-air Racing and D-air Street technology took 10 years to implement and a complete redesign of the drawing board to actual sales process. The D-air project began following a detailed examination of motorcycle accidents on both the track and the road. Detailed knowledge was already available regarding the dynamics of accidents that took place on the track. The rider support service and collaboration with great champions and the Mobile Clinic provided a mass of very useful data about accidents on the track. Information about accidents on the road came from very important studies carried out regarding such events such as the MAIDS (Motorcycle Accident In-Depth Study) or Aprosys (Advanced Protection Systems) studies aimed at identifying the most significant types of accidents. From these analyses, it became abundantly clear that: 1. In the world of racing, fitting a device to the machine was unacceptable. 2. For road use, in the event of collision with an obstacle (usually a car), the time available to offer a rider protection was 80 milliseconds. 3. Falls that take place under racing conditions have very different dynamics than those that occur on the road and this involves a different priority as regards the parts of the body to be protected. As a result: 1. The system must have a much faster deployment time than existing cable operated systems. Only an electronically operated deployment system could provide the performance needed. 2. The pneumatic components too must guarantee extremely rapid inflation and the use of technology from the automotive industry offered the best choice. (A)


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 481-5
  • Monograph Title: Sicherheit - Umwelt - Zukunft. Tagungsband der 9. Internationalen Motorradkonferenz 2012, 1. und 2. Oktober 2012, Koeln
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  • Accession Number: 01532854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • ISBN: 978-3-923994-20-5
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2014 7:37AM