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Alpinestars pioneer new age for rider security with Advanced Safety Technology suit

Alpinestars pioneer new age for rider security with Advanced Safety Technology suit

Alpinestars pioneer new age for rider security with Advanced Safety Technology suit

Leading rider safety pioneers Alpinestars unveiled a new dimension in race suit technology at a special press conference at the Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Advanced Safety Technology suit (AST) features a fully autonomous, multiple field data acquisition system and was worn for the first time by Suzuki rider John Hopkins throughout the weekend at Sachsenring.

The idea of the suit is to gather data directly from the body of the rider in much the same way telemetrists download information from a bike, allowing the Alpinestars technicians to analyse the gravitational and impact forces, as well as the physiological effects experienced by a human when pushing the limits of a high performance race machine.

Using a series of patches mounted on both external and internal surfaces of the suit, Hopkins's body was constantly monitored by a series of accelerometers, impact and physiological sensors which measure the loads sustained and absorbed in a fall. The sensors record the maximum impact value subjected to the rider, providing real situation data, above and beyond the test simulations currently conducted in the Alpinestars laboratory.

The back hump of the suit contains a custom data processor and solid-state memory, encased in an impact resistant structure, which stores the information so it can be downloaded immediately into a laptop which is plugged into a connector on the suit. The information can then be studied to analyse pressure point values, lateral G loads experienced, the rider´s pulse and the suit´s cooling performance.

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MotoGP, 2003

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