Moto-air airbag jacket
A bike jacket which inflates if a rider is thrown from a bike has been launched.
The Moto-Air airbag jacket, which when deflated looks like an ordinary biker jacket, could reduce serious injuries and fatalities, its maker claims.
The rider connects the jacket to the bike or scooter using a stretch cable. If thrown from the bike, the jacket is activated within half a second, causing it to inflate using a CO2 canister.
The jacket is designed to protect the torso, back and neck. After 10 seconds, the air is released and the jacket can be re-used with a fresh CO2 canister.
Available in sizes XS to XXXL, the airbag jacket retails at £299.99.
FLEET managers can keep an up-to-date log of vehicle damage and plan service inspections with a new vehicle checking system – CheckWizard.
A hand-held unit enables vehicle damage to be recorded digitally and then downloaded on to a PC. Photographs, vehicle checking information and signatures can then be viewed from the office.
The system can also store service data, alerting fleets of impending services checks and MoT inspections.
An insurance link can also be arranged, enabling fleets to provide details of vehicles to be added or removed from the company insurance policy.
HUBADS has devised a new means of advertising for fleets wanting something different from the traditional livery. The group has launched a series of hubcaps, which can be designed with a company logo using graphics or digital printing. The hubcabs can be fitted to cars, vans, taxis, lorries or buses.
Once the vehicle moves, the centre of the hubcap remains stationary and the advertising upright. The group behind the invention is also offering fleets the chance to win a set of 10 hubads by designing a novel hubcap (see website for details). A set of four hubcabs costs £250.
AN electronic, pocket-sized system, which alerts drivers to accident blackspots, speed camera sites and congestion charge zones, is now available. Morpheous, the group behind the system, believes the product will improve road safety for fleet drivers.
'RoadPilot' consists of a small screen, which is fitted to the dashboard and can be transferred from car to car.
The vehicle's position is tracked down to five metres, using satellite technology with the system indicating hazardous areas and speed camera locations. If a vehicle is heading towards a congestion charging zone, the RoadPilot will alert the driver so an alternative route can be chosen.
RoadPilot costs £495 with a 12-month warranty.
SPECIFICALLY designed for 'field workers who spend their days and nights on the road', the new GoBook Tablet PC enables fleets to stay connected to the office while on the move.
Measuring 27cm by 18cm, the Tablet is a wireless computer powered by a mobile Pentium III processor.
Three networks can run simultaneously on the PC, which will be available this September at a retail price of around £1,935.
CAR exhaust and accessory provider Bosal has launched a new detachable towbar as part of its Ecofit range of towbars.
The towbar has been designed to provide additional security, with Ecofit replacing its original security pin design with a brand new key locking system.
The towbar can be removed using the key system and is suitable for fleets using towbars for occasional purposes. Prices start at £160 plus fitting.
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