Dainese has come up with a new motorcycle airbag safety vest that can be worn underneath or on top of any jacket.

The new D-air airbag vest employs the same D-air technology used by MotoGP riders and does not require any connection to the bike.

It introduces stationary impact protection for the very first time and is available in versions for both men and women.

The “brain” of Smart Jacket is the triggering algorithm.

A central processing unit (CPU) analyses data from seven sensors 1000 times per second to detect dangerous situations, activating the system only when necessary.

Two decades of development and millions of items of data have enabled an extremely sophisticated algorithm to be created, with the ability to predict an accident, including stationary vehicle collisions.

Patented Dainese technology that features an exclusive structure with internal microfilaments, guarantees that the inflation is even and controlled throughout the entire surface — to create a shield that envelops the body and delivers protection to the rider.

In case of activation the Shield expands to cover the entire chest guaranteeing the maximum level of protection.

The Shield covers the chest and back, ensuring the same degree of protection as seven Level 1 back protectors, despite not having any form of hardshell protective gear inside.

The result is an extremely light and practical garment which, once off the bike, can be easily folded and placed in a bag, a lateral top box or a backpack.

Riders will be glad to hear the vest is also ventilated.

The external fabric is ventilated, but the innovative sees the Shield folded over itself, enabling, in normal riding conditions, air to pass through the front part.

Smart Jacket can also be worn in the rain, thanks to the water-repellent fabric and waterproof D-air technology that have no problem with water.

It inherits the best practical features from the third-generation D-air Road range, such as the option to have the airbag replaced by an authorised dealer.

The long battery life makes this garment even more usable, guaranteeing 26 hours of function and fast recharging time.

Dainese Smart Jacket is available in six sizes, with a version for men and a version for women.

No word on local pricing yet, but in the UK it retails for £569.95.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.