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.



hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists 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.



hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists front and side views of ‘hövding’



hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists 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.



hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists the collar modeled with the ‘raven obscure’ shell



hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists



hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists detailed views of the collar with patterned fabric shell ‘creators cut’



hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists left: detail of the on/off zipper right: detail of the USB port for battery charging



compiled footage of ‘hövding’ test runs

  • 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.

  • how does this thing sensor the accident?

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

  • 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

  • helmet looks pretty stupid…

  • we need one for snowboarding too

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

  • 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…

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

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


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