There is motorcycle gear out there with built-in airbags (and we’re very happy about that) but that sort of kit usually weigh a lot due to sensors, without which the whole rig won’t work.
Ducati reportedly has the answer for this problem, and has teamed up with Dainese to develop a system that should make the rig lighter, and therefore much more user friendly.
The new Ducati Multistrada D-Air has sensors attached throughout the motorcycle’s entire electronic system that monitor the bike’s acceleration, breaking and orientation.
If these sensors detect that you are going to crash, they communicate via WiFi with your jacket, ensuring that your airbags deploy before you meet terra firma (which is usually very firm by that point). Ducati said that “….the intelligent passive safety system uses sensors built into the Multistrada’s existing electronics to constantly understand the vehicle’s dynamic situation and deploying only when subjected to a genuine accident scenario.”
The first version of the Ducati Multistrada D-Air and its accompanying jacket will launch in Europe in May 2014, but there is no news yet on when we’ll get to see it on our shelves, or how much it’ll cost.