Enter Alpinestars' Tech Air Race motorcycle suit, recently unveiled at the Italian firm's U.S. headquarters near Los Angeles. Unlike tether systems, the new suit is entirely self-contained, made up of seven sensors that continually take in data, a central processing unit (CPU) located in the aero hump (behind the helmet on the upper back), and two airbags positioned around the rider's shoulders.
How It Works
The seven sensors and accelerometers are spread across the suit, feeding the CPU a constant stream of data such as g-forces and the rider's behavior and body orientations. The CPU, in turn, has a dedicated operating system that translates the data into algorithms that detect if you are indeed having an accident, or just riding really, really close to the ground. False firings would be not only inconvenient, but also very dangerous for a MotoGP racer, so the system goes through five levels of computations and safety checks before an accident is deduced and the airbags deploy.