World’s First Production Motorcycle Wirelessly Integrated With Airbag Riding Jackets

Rider airbag technology takes another step forward with Ducati’s introduction of the Multistrada D-Air, a Euro-only (for now) model that connects wirelessly to airbag jackets developed by Dainese

Ducati has recently introduced the Multistrada D-Air, a model that features a fully integrated, intelligent system of sensors wirelessly connected to Ducati Apparel airbag jackets which are made by Dainese. Marking a ‘world’s first’ in the motorcycle industry and combining the innovative designs from two famous Italian brands, the new Ducati model takes a significant step forward in two-wheel safety.

Combining the expertise of both Ducati and Dainese, the intelligent passive safety system uses sensors built into the Multistrada’s existing electronics to constantly understand the vehicle’s dynamic situation and deploying only when subjected to a genuine accident scenario. 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.

Ducati’s premiere of the technology, developed in cooperation with Dainese, further underlines the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s commitment to enhanced safety, already represented by their Ducati Safety Pack consisting of multi-level ABS and traction control.

More information on the Ducati Multistrada D-Air® will be released mid-April and new D-Air models will be available in European Ducati Dealerships as early as May 2014. Although announced as a Europe-only offering, Ducati must certainly realize the potential of their D-Air technology for the North American market.