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dainese street airbag nominated for awards shortlist

Italian motorcycling brand Dainese has been nominated to be included in the shortlist of the Designs of the Year 2015 awards, which opens at the Design Museum in London on 25 March.

Dainese’s D-Air Street airbag system is one of the 76-nominated projects to be included in the shortlist with nominees coming from more than 30 countries and five continents. The entrants are split into Transport, Product, Graphics, Fashion, Digital and Architecture.

The D-Air Street sits in the Transport category alongside Google’s Self-Driving Car, the BMW I8 hybrid, Loopwheels (wheels with integral suspension), the Model S (a premium performance sedan) and the Yamaha’s Motiv.e city car.

The Design of the Year category winners will be announced on Monday, 4 May, with the overall winner being revealed at the Design Museum on Thursday, 4 June. All of the nominated projects can be viewed at the Museum from 25 March.

D-Air Street is a specifically designed airbag jacket and vest for use on public roads. The system works from the MKit, which is fitted to the user’s motorcycle, and features a pair of accelerometers – one under the seat, and the other on the front forks. There is also a fall sensor that is physically connected to a display unit on the dash, to show the rider system information. Inside the clothing garment is the airbag device, which features two airbags both with a volume of 12 litres.

The system has been designed to protect the spine in conjunction with a back protector, limit movement of the neck while rolling, and to protect the upper abdomen and chest.….


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