On September 21, we organized a crash test day in our company in Dijon. This day was a real succes, which gathered about forty actors committed to motorcycle safety.

An opportunity to meet the specialists in the field, to unveil Helite’s new electronic technology, our know-how and our commitment to motorcycle protection.

 

From the orginal idea to airbag conception: a 100% made in France production

At Helite, the quality of our products is a priority, which is why we control every step of the airbag manufacturing process from A to Z.

The crash test day started with a visit of our workshop: textile and prototype department, R&D department: tests and algorithm development, production department: assembly and quality tests.

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Helite R&D department and the importance of crash tests in airbag’s development

Crash tests are a very important part in the development of our electronic technology. They have two main functions:

  • Validate the algorithm, crash conditions and thresholds
  • Simulate as many situations as possible to cover as many accidents as possible.

 

There are two main families of crashes: “dynamic crashes” when a motorcyclist hits a fixed object or a car with a speed and “static crashes” when a vehicle hits a stationary motorcycle.

During the crash test day, we demonstrated 4 configurations: 2 dynamic crashes at 30km/h and at 20km/h and 2 rear static crashes and at 45° at 20 and 25 km/h.

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"Crash tests are a very important part because they take place at several stages in the development of a product. They allow us to validate thresholds and refine the algorithm."
Chiril Causa, Biomechanical Engineer and head of crash tests at Helite

How does Helite’s airbag electronic technology work?

Helite’s airbag electronic technology is a multi-sensor technology: it uses a set of sensors that allows several sources of information and therefore a more detailed analysis of the situation.

The optional fork sensor allows faster detection (from 31 ms), detection of more accidents (at standstill and at low speeds) and from the first impact.

Learn more about motorcycle electronic airbag technology