French startup In&motion raised $12 mn funding round led by Upfront Ventures, with 360 Capital also participating. The company has been working on wearable airbag systems for motorbikes.
Integrated in a vest, the airbag is completely autonomous and can detect crashes in 60 milliseconds. The company has worked on a device called the In&box that analyzes movements in real time. The different sensors on the device can determine when it’s time to activate the airbag.
The system reacts to a low-side or high-side will vary depending on whether it’s in road or track mode that can be selected via the Android/iOS app. Obvious incidents, like an impact on the road above 35km/h at an angle between 45° and 135° will trigger it, as will a high-side or low-side over 50km/h on track. GPS can make detection more accurate, and it’s quick to connect, often even in the house, but if you were involved in an accident in a tunnel, the system will still be very likely to deploy.