the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar

the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar

swedish brand hövding has released their third generation cycling helmet – a collar-like device containing an airbag that activates in the event of a crash. billed as the world’s safest bicycle helmet, the hövding 3 inflates in 0.1 seconds and forms around the head and neck like a protective hood.

the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar hövding

images courtesy of hövding



the collar uses sensors that read the cyclist’s movement pattern 200 times per second and once it detects abnormal movement caused by an accident it inflates. this efficiently fixates the neck and protects the head from injury. according to scientific studies conducted at stanford university, the airbag technology is 8x safer than traditional bicycle helmets.

the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar hövding



for the development of the third-gen model, hövding has included a newly upgraded battery lasts up to 12 hours. users can also connect the collar to their smartphone via bluetooth to access an ios and android compatible app.

the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar hövding



the app includes additional features like battery notifications and the analysis of bicycle data so cyclists can see where accidents are occurring. the data is collected to petition for better infrastructure in those areas. there is also a function that allows users to contact people in the event of an emergency.

the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar hövding



the hövding is easy to take on and off using a zipper fastening at the front. it comes in one size and can be adjusted to a suitable and comfortable fit using a BOA dial located on the back of the collar.



hövding 3 is currently available from the hövding website for £249 (approximately US$310). so far, over 185,000 bikers have begun using the product.

the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar hövding

the 'world's safest' bike helmet is an airbag inside a collar hövding


project info


company: hövding

model: hövding 3

price: £249 (approximately US$310)

  • When acrobats fall of their bikes

    Leo Krikhaar says:
  • If you want to stop people from riding bikes – make them wear a Horse Collar. Helmets make you look smarter than the noodnicks who ride without.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • Jimmy – you may think they male you look smarter, but research suggests that wearing helmets also reduces the amount of space motorists give those cyclists. Unlike hard shell motorbike helmets they also grip into the road surface which presents complications. Essentially the only circumstance they are certainly a boost to cyclists safety is a low velocity fall where you essentially topple off.

    I wear one myself, but let’s not pretend it’s clear cut that wearing a helmet makes you safer.

    GG says:
  • Amazing piece of design and engineering.

    Paul says:
  • A standard helmet does not need or loose a charge. This soft device gives very little frontal protection. Once deployed it would block your peripheral vision which you may need to avoid oncoming traffic… presenting additional incoming crushing impact.

    Robert H says:

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