Recently we got a 2.0 model of the Hövding Airbag in for review here on road.cc. You may have read about the Hövding airbag before on road.cc we’ve written about it a number of times since it’s launch back in 2012 (in fact even before its launch).
Basically it’s a collar containing an airbag controlled by an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a 2000 and something rule algorithm. Aimed at urban cyclists and designed to go off in the event of a crash or collision – saving your head by enveloping it in a helmet-style air bag. There’s a lot more detail in the video.
Hövding market their device as a safety aid for urban cyclists and claim an eightfold reduction in the chances of suffering concussion in a collision - the promo material on their website features an animation of a collision with a car - and almost total elimination of the chances of a skull fracture. A claim they make on the back of research by Stanford University.
Like most other cycling websites we don’t crash test helmets when we review them here on road.cc. We don’t have our own crash test dummy or a suitable lab facility in which to replicate the safety tests, and asking the reviewer to go out and crash as part of the reviewing process has so far been deemed a step too far. Nor has a helmet manufacturer offered to come in and do the crashing for us (with the aid of a willing volunteer) well, until now.
Hövding did offer to demonstrate an airbag ‘deployment’ in a simulated crash situation - all they needed was someone prepared to crash on to their crash mat. We had that someone. Me.
Find out how me, the Hövding, and the crash mat got on in the video above
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.