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Dainese D-Air Street airbag nominated for Designs of the Year 2015
Release date: Tuesday 10th March 2015


Italian motorcycling brand Dainese has been nominated to be included in the shortlist of the Designs of the Year 2015 Awards, which opens at the Design Museum in London on 25 March.

Dainese’s revolutionary D-Air Street airbag system is one of the 76-nominated projects to be included in the shortlist with nominees coming from over thirty countries and five continents. The entrants are split into six categories including Transport, Product, Graphics, Fashion, Digital and Architecture.

The D-Air Street sits in the Transport category alongside Google’s Self-Driving Car, the BMW I8 hybrid, Loopwheels (wheels with integral suspension), the Model S (a premium performance sedan) and the Yamaha’s MOTIV.e City Car. Other products throughout the categories include the Sabi Space (a collection of easy-to-install storage products), 3D Printing Limbs, Moocall SMS Calving Alert Sensor and the Double O (a bike light that locks to your push bike for security and convenience) – a full list of the 76 nominees can be found here.

D-Air Street is a specifically designed airbag jacket and vest for use on public roads. The system works from the MKit, which is fitted to the users motorcycle, it features a pair of accelerometers – one under the seat, and the other on the front forks. There is also a fall sensor that is physically connected to a display unit on the dash, to show the rider system information. Inside the clothing garment is the airbag device, which features two airbags both with a volume of 12 litres. They also include two cold automotive-type gas generators run by battery powered electronics, with an average life of 30 hours, and a five-hour charging time.

The system has been designed to protect the spine in conjunction with a back protector, limit movement of the neck whilst rolling, and to protect the upper abdomen and chest. The unit automatically switches on when the ignition is started, and communicates with the airbags via a two-way radio link. Once activated, the MKit detects the airbags and the connection is signalled to the rider on the display, together with battery life information. The system is set to identify head on collisions with a 45-degree angle impact or a slide, once trigged the airbags are deployed within 45-millieseconds protecting the wearer. A pillion passenger can also be protected by the system if also wearing a D-air Street garment, this will link into the MKit and the rider will be able to see the status of the pillions system on screen.

The Design of the Year category winners will be announced on Monday 4 May, with the overall winner being revealed at the Design Museum on Thursday 4 June. All of the nominated projects can be viewed at the Museum from 25 March.

For more information on the awards visit https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/designs-of-the-year-2015.



Previous Design of the Year Winners:
– 2014 Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects

– 2013 GOV.UK – UK Government website by GDS
– 2012 London 2012 Olympic Torch by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
– 2011 Plumen 001 by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger
– 2010 Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi
– 2009 Barack Obama Poster by Shepard Fairey
– 2008 One Laptop Per Child by Yves Béhar