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Ducati Multistrada D-Air: 'World's first' wireless airbag jacket system

The Multistrada D-Air system links the bike to jacket. The male model is not part of the deal
The Multistrada D-Air system links the bike to jacket. The male model is not part of the deal
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Ducati has unveiled what it says is the 'world's first' fully wirelessly integrated motorcycle - the Multistrada D-Air.

"Fully integrated with what?" we hear you cry. Well, according to the legendary Italian manufacturer, the Multistrada D-Air is a wireless integrated system with Ducati's airbag riding jackets in a major leap forward for motorbike safety.

The jackets, made by Dainese, use an intelligent passive safety system with sensors built into the touring-adventure bike's electronics.

The system can understand the Multistrada's dynamic situation - constantly monitoring the Multistrada's accelerating, braking, or indeed, falling - and deploy the airbags when subjected to a "genuine accident scenario", Ducati says.

"The Multistrada D-Air system completes the data analysis and airbag deployment inside both the rider and passenger jackets in just 45 milliseconds, considerably reducing the risk of injury upon impact," the Italian company added.

This new system will rival the airbag jacket system from Helite, which uses a pull-cord to trigger the inflation in just 10 milliseconds.

Further technical details about the Multistrada D-Air will be released in April but is expected to be in European Dealerships from May.

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