[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
Another disguised TLX prototype spotted in California
More.......................
Refreshed 2020 Honda Civic Type R Breaks Cover at Tokyo Auto Salon
More.......................
American Honda reports December 2019 sales
More.......................
Spied in Chicago! 2021 Acura TLX
More.......................
2020 Ridgeline goes on sale Dec 16, arriving with 9AT, Honda Sensing, locking tailgate, and more
More.......................
HPD launches a much more affordable $90k (race-ready) Civic Type R
More.......................
Acura engineers cook up a 350hp SH-AWD SLX restomod for this weekend's RADwood
More.......................
American Honda reports November 2019 sales
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: Our 2020 Kia Telluride Is Proving to Be Frustratingly Sturdy
Join Discussion......
Clarity --> Re: Clarity 2020 PHEV Available Today
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Fuel Cell aging?
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: 2021 TLX Spyshots 10/17
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: For how long we'll we have the CTR
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: So when should expect to see the next gen TLX?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> VW Golf GTI/TCR/R leaked
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Had a 2020 330i rental recently. some thoughts
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Need a summer project for my 9 year old
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 2021 Nissan Z
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2020 Car Launch Dates
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: Jerky up shifts in a 6 speed transmission (update)
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Cruise Automation is a California startup bankrolled by GM and Honda
Join Discussion......
TSX --> Re: I was planning to buy a new car...
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: WhatCar 2020 Car of the Year
Join Discussion......
Honda Develops World’s First Production Motorcycle Airbag System
 Date: September 13, 2005 07:13
 Submitted by:  danielgr
 Source: Honda World
 Credibility Rating: N/A


TOKYO, Japan, September 8, 2005 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced it has succeeded in developing the world’s first production motorcycle airbag system. The new system, which can help lessen the severity of injuries caused by frontal collisions, is to be made available on the new Gold Wing motorcycle scheduled for release in late spring of 2006 in the US.



Honda Motorcycle Airbag (deployed)


The Motorcycle Airbag System is comprised of the airbag module, which includes the airbag and the inflator; crash sensors, which monitor acceleration changes; and an ECU, which performs calculations to instantly determine when a collision is occurring. When a severe frontal collision occurs, the four crash sensors mounted on the front fork measure the change in acceleration caused by the impact and convey this data to the airbag ECU, which determines that a collision is occurring and whether or not it is necessary to inflate the airbag. If the calculations performed by the ECU indicate that airbag deployment is necessary, the ECU sends an electronic signal to the airbag inflator, which instantaneously responds by inflating the airbag. Inflating rapidly after the impact, the airbag can absorb some of the forward energy of the rider, reducing the velocity at which the rider may be thrown from the motorcycle and helping lessen the severity of injuries caused by the rider colliding with another vehicle or with the road.

By conducting extensive crash tests at its indoor omni-directional Real World Crash Test Facility, applying advanced computer simulation technology, and leading the way with the introduction of motorcycle rider test dummies, Honda has gathered and analyzed a wide array of data on the behavior of motorcycles during collisions. Honda has also taken full advantage of the experience of its automobile operations in the development of airbags, applying its expertise in the development of the Motorcycle Airbag System.

Motorcycle Airbag System: Principal Components
The airbag module, containing the airbag and inflator, is positioned in front of the rider.

The airbag ECU, positioned to the right of the module , analyzes signals from the crash sensors to determine whether or not to inflate the airbag.

Four crash sensors attached on both sides of the front fork detect changes in acceleration caused by frontal impacts.

Functions of the Principal Components
< Airbag Module >
· The airbag module contains the airbag and airbag inflator.

· The airbag inflator receives an electronic signal transmitted by the airbag ECU instructing it to release nitrogen gas to inflate the airbag.

· The airbag starts to inflate, exerting pressure on the cover of the airbag module, forcing it to open.

· The size and shape of the airbag, the manner in which is secured to the motorcycle with tethers, and the function of the deflation vents all help to maximize the effectiveness with which the system absorbs the kinetic energy of the rider, helping control the velocity at which the rider may tend to be thrown forward from the motorcycle, and thus lessening the severity of any injuries resulting from impact with another vehicle or with the road.

· From the moment an impact is recognized as a collision to the moment of airbag inflation, only 0.060*1seconds elapses.

< Airbag ECU >
· The airbag ECU continuously monitors the data received from the crash sensors, and by comparing this data to standard vehicle behavior, determines whether or not it is necessary to deploy the airbag. The data from each sensor is evaluated independently, and if it is determined to deviate from programmed standards of safe vehicle behavior by a certain predetermined degree, an electronic signal is sent to the airbag inflator, which causes the airbag to inflate.

< Crash sensors >
· The crash sensors which monitor acceleration changes are attached to the front fork legs to optimize the quickness and accuracy of their detection of frontal impacts. No alteration of the structure of the motorcycle is needed. To optimize the accuracy of collision detection, a set of 4 sensors are arranged—two on each side of the front fork.

*1 Side collision with a stationary vehicle(Honda Accord) at 50km/h


Last edited by JeffX on September 13, 2005 11:33

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Here a better idea...
Honda-D 0
  Here's a better pic
Tyson 3
  You Will Be Believers
CB450EK1 3
  Kinda useless?
Honda-D 2
  What happens when you become superman
na_soak 13
  Typical of what a good company does....
Richard 0
TOV Photo Gallery: Honda and Acura at 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: Other vehicles of 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: RealTime Racing's TOP secret Honda Collection Hall
Read Article....................
2019 Honda Passport PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2019 Acura NSX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
First Drive: 2019 Acura ILX
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2019 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
29