Italdesign patents seatbelt system for two-wheelers

Italian styling and engineering company Italdesign has patented a smart seatbelt system for two-wheelers.

By Firoze Irani, Autocar India calendar 27 May 2021 Views icon9064 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Two-wheeler riders could soon be benefitting from the life-saving seatbelt, a safety measure which is now de rigueur in passenger vehicles and also commercial vehicles. Italian design house and engineering major ItalDesign has developed and patented a two-wheeler seatbelt system, which is designed to keep the rider in place in certain types of accidents, while allowing him/her to separate from the two-wheeler in others. It does this thanks to sensors and an onboard computer.

The seatbelt system’s largest component is the shell-like backrest that the rider has to strap into. This backrest is attached to the two-wheeler via a flexible joint, which allows the rider to move to a certain degree. Between the flexible joint and the backrest is a quick-release system that will essentially disconnect the backrest, along with the rider, from the two-wheeler if necessary. 

It is said that the system will keep the rider in place if he/she meets with a head-on collision. This will stop the rider from being flung off the two-wheeler, which would make the situation even worse. On the other hand, it will disconnect the rider, along with the backrest, in case of an accident like a low side, where the rider is safer being away from the two-wheeler.

This technology will likely be targeted at scooters and tourers, where the reduction in movement won’t hinder the handling.

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