The Piaggio Group is collaborating with Autoliv, one of the leaders in automotive safety tech, to develop an airbag for two-wheelers. Autocar India reports that the two parties signed a joint development agreement for developing airbags that will be mounted on the vehicle frame and deployed in milliseconds.
Autoliv has developed the initial concepts with advanced simulation tools and conducted full-scale crash tests, considering their expertise in the field. The company will now work with the Piaggio Group to further develop the system and integrate it into motorcycles and scooters.
Today’s two-wheelers have a host of electronic rider aids, like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation). These safety measures play a significant role in helping a rider control their vehicle but provide no protection in the event of an accident. A rider is protected by the gear they’re wearing, and a vehicle-mounted airbag will play a massive role in reducing injuries.
“Autoliv is committed to our vision of Saving More Lives and providing world-class life-saving solutions for mobility and society,” says Mikael Bratt, CEO and President, Autoliv.
“Therefore, we are developing products that specifically protect vulnerable road users. It is an integral part of our sustainability agenda and an important step towards our goal of saving 1,00,000 lives a year by 2030.”
As Bratt mentions, implementing this technology is still a few years away, but it’s certainly something to look forward to.