I hate helmets for commuting as they cause cycling to be perceived as more dangerous than driving/walking, which isn't backed up by UK data, this perception really works against cycling in my hometown #rant
However, this "airbag helmet" does look like a fantastic idea for people that feel want to wear protection and might improve cycling for people that feel they need a helmet, but don't like the current ones.
I fear cost might be an issue...a helmet is £10 at the local stores (I had to get a £20 as I got a weird head
) but I can't see this being a cheap solution.
But no doubt costs will come down after the wave of first adopters with cash, then it will trickle down to the middle classes, then to everyone. Bit like an iPhone then
Another issue might be perception as a helmet is always on your head whereas this needs to inflate. So a comparison with an airbag might be needed to convince people.
But airbags need refilling and checking too...
HMMM I hope this works as it IS a cool idea let's hope they can iron out the practicalities.