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Helmet crash test: slow motion video
By Bike Systems on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Bike HUD in the helmet, before the testing technicians got to work.

Ever seen what happens to a motorcycle helmet during a crash?
No, neither had we until we conducted crash testing of a Bike HUD unit at the independent testing organisation, Transport Research Laboratory‘s (TRL) facility in Berkshire. Check out the slow-motion video of the crash test below – the way the helmet deforms during the impact is pretty dramatic.
Safety is one of the most important drivers behind the development of Bike HUD. From minimising distractions with the display to the design of the mounting system and our plans for accessories, we want Bike HUD to make a positive impact on rider safety.

We took Bike HUD to TRL and put it through its paces in a crash test.

If you’re interested in the specific helmet crash test standards, we tested Bike HUD in accordance with UN ECE R22.05 European helmet test regulation. Probably all you need to know is that the helmets meeting ECE standards are approved for competition racing, including MotoGP. For our tests, we used a Kerb anvil for the side impact and a flat anvil for the chin impact test, siloworld has a nice short comparison of SNELL/DOT/ECE helmet testing standards).

Bike HUD ready for ECE crash test
All marked up and ready for the crash test.

What we were looking for in the Bike HUD crash test was that Bike HUD should:

Stay in position – i.e. not come out of the helmet.
Keep away from the face of the helmet wearer.
Not affect the form or function of the helmet.