There has been much-needed progress in the safety aspect of four-wheelers in India. Carmakers are offering not just one or two but with multiple airbags as standard or as an optional fitment. As for the bikers, it's the helmet which has come to the rescue.
According to researchers at the Stanford University say that foam helmets can and have proven to reduce the probability of skull fracture and severe brain damage. However, many believe that helmet will protect against concussion due to an accident or a fall.
Researcher and bioengineer David Camarillo from Stanford University is testing a new helmet which comes in a soft pocket worn around the neck.
The soft pocket pops up, just like an airbag we see in cars, around the person's head if it senses a possible collision.
While testing the new type of helmet, researchers dropped the helmet with the airbag and found the impact to the head was reduced by almost six times the impact on a regular helmet.
Camarillo says, the success of the new helmet lies in the large size. The sheer size of the helmet can also be softer which allows for more cushioned fall.
There is a downside to it, while testing, the airbag had to be pre-inflated and the pressure had to be maximised inside the helmet before each drop to find out the results of the impact.
An airbag helmet will be an ideal choice for bikers as the potential collision can leave a lasting impact. In a country where two-wheelers surpass the number of sales of automobiles, this could be a good support.
There have been no testing labs around the world to implement this feature and it is still in development stage. Currently, the helmet is available in Europe for a price tag of 299 Euros (approx. Rs 22,000).