Around 40 cyclists lose their lives on the road in Sweden each year and about 30,000 are injured. The statistics are undeniable, which prompted a Swedish company to create an airbag bicycle helmet designed to deploy immediate protection for its user in the instant that the inevitable occurs.
The airbag bicycle helmet is the brain child of two industrial students, namely Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. Back in 2006 they were awarded a grant of SEK 200,000 to develop the actual product and set up their own company.
Called the “ HÖVDING”, which means “chieftain”, It is conveniently worn as a collar around the cyclist’s neck to which the airbag is housed. The airbag comes in an array of colors. Tested on cycling dummies at a maximum speed of 20 mph, the helmet is made to withstand collision impacts from the rear.
Source: Her Blog