hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists
hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists
jan 31, 2011

hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists

hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists the ‘hövding’ airbag system is contained in a collar, designed to double as a fashion accessory




hövding‘, produced by swedish design company hövding sverige ab, is an airbag system for bicyclists, designed as a fashionable but practical alternative to helmets. a hood-shaped, nylon airbag is encased within a neck collar and is automatically inflated in the event of a crash by a sensor system. washable fabric shells that fit over the collar create a range of looks for the device, designed to seamlessly incorporate into one’s daily outfits.



the collar is designed with interchangeable fabric shells to double as a fashion accessory



the zip-up collar incorporates an on/off switch (on when the collar is zipped and buttoned; off when the snap is unbuttoned), an LED battery display meter, and a micro USB port for charging the battery and uploading accident information following a crash. currently available in two styles, the device’s washable fabric shells protect the internal collar, and are planned to be produced in a range of colours and patterns.



front and side views of ‘hövding’



back view



the company spent hundreds of hours documenting and analyzing both normal bicycling and crash footage, reenacting accidents, and working with hospitals and research groups to engineer the sensor system of ‘hövding’to reliably trigger airbag deployment only in the actual event of accidents.



the collar modeled with the ‘raven obscure’ shell





detailed views of the collar with patterned fabric shell ‘creators cut’



left: detail of the on/off zipper right: detail of the USB port for battery charging



compiled footage of ‘hövding’ test runs

  • seems to work quirte well, but who will wear it?

    ppr says:
  • if it’s seriously just as safe, i would!! definitely better than a helmet. actually i kind of just like it in general.

    rita says:
  • this is a great design. but it must be uncomfortable in temperate climates, which leaves me wondering how well the material breathes when the cyclist is hot…

    CROFTdesign says:
  • Also, we need peanut airbag. See 1:05.

    dk says:
  • we need one for snowboarding too

    pete says:
  • helmet looks pretty stupid…

    mikem says:
  • I think it’s a great invention, wonderful job!

    In colder climates this would do well because also protects your neck from the wind, but in warmer climates it would be very humid (but at least you won’t get a redneck).

    I would prefer to have an airbag protect my head, than something solid

    mel says:
  • great!
    I would wear it. Are the results of the safety test equal or better than the classic version?

    alice says:
  • how does this thing sensor the accident?

    Eugene says:
  • Maybe the sensor senses the rapid change of speed and gravity. If it is so, I’m wondering if the hood will burst out if you accidentally drop that thing..

    But I would wear that, definitely.

    Emmi says:
  • great job!!!!

    DHHE says:
  • What a waste of design talent. Anyone who doesn’t wear a helmet because of looks is totally narcissistic and doesn’t deserve to be pandered to. It’s ironic really, if they have an accident and manage to not die it will probably leave them with a seriously disfigured face.

    Shane says:
  • Agreed. Just wear a damn helmet. This is 2013– bike helmets are small, compact, and don’t require you to wear some ridiculous neck collar that’s looks more awkward then any modern helmet I’ve ever seen. This thing also looks like it would hinder your ability to quickly turn your head and be aware of your surroundings. Plus, anyone who commutes on a bike knows that unless it’s the coldest months of winter you get hot very fast. This would be so uncomfortable 75% of the year. Just wear a helmet. You can go into the bathroom and fix your hair when you get to work.

    jlbklyn says:

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