Video: New (very expensive) airbags for cyclists – nonsense or next big thing?

Posted on: January 8th, 2019

This small canister built into the garment and sensors that make the product work all kick into action when you are being thrown off you bike during a crash.



One of the stories coming out of the world’s biggest technology conference in Las Vegas at the moment is an inflatable air bag for cyclists.

It’s essentially a hi-vis or black – there’s a choice of colours – vest that senses when cyclists are involved in a crash.

And panels in the vest – back and front – very rapidly inflate to give you a padded landing when you hit the road.

It uses a small canister of CO2 gas, built into the vest, to instantly inflate the panels.

It’s currently on show and causing a stir – in the media at any rate – at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Helite cyclist air vest comes it at $650 retail; not cheap we hear you say…

“B’safe is the first wearable airbag vest that protect cyclists in case of accident,” its manufacturer Helite says of the product.

“When a fall or an accident is detected by the system, the airbag inflates automatically to protect the thorax, the neck and the back.

“The vest is light, comfortable, easy to use and reflective for more safety. It was designed for urban cyclists to protect them on their daily ride and enhance their experience in the city.”

It uses accelerometers, a gyroscope, and a microprocessor to sense when you’re falling off your bike.

These are packed into a small sensor that fixes to a cyclist’s seat post. It looks a bit bigger than a small rear light and tells the bags when to kick into action and inflate.


BBC report from Las Vegas on cyclist airbags


Helite airbags for cyclists promo clip