KLIM Ai-1 Airbag Vest – A Closer Look

May 10, 2021 View Comments by

KLIM and In&motion (a French airbag technology company) have partnered to bring a motorcycle airbag vest to market in North America. KLIM creates the vest chassis, in which all the In&motion safety components are housed: the inflator, air bag, back pad and In&box detection module.

How it works: In short, the In&box detection module is an electronic device that senses a motorcycle crash and triggers the airbag to deploy. No tethers or other components are needed. Crash and ride data are saved and transmitted to In&motion for analysis. Periodically, the detection algorithm is refined and updated to each In&box to always provide the best possible sensitivity. So far, they have 20,000,000+ miles of ride data integrated into the algorithm.

Accessing the detection algorithm and detection module:

  • Users can buy the In&box detection module for $399 and entitles users to regular algorithm updates as more crash data is collected and the algorithm is continually refined.
  • Users can opt for the subscription model for the In&box detection module for $12/month or $120/year, and entitles users to regular algorithm updates and a new In&box detection module after three years, as well as additional support services. Think of it like leasing new cars, you’re not stuck owning a product that will inevitably become outdated.

How the airbag and subscriptions work:

  • If you pay for the subscription, it will keep working, just like your cell phone and utilities.
  • If you stop paying for the subscription (forgotten payment, expired card, denied card), the airbag will continue functioning for a 30-day grace period after the payment issue.
  • If your payment method is expiring soon, In&motion will notify you at least 30 days prior to expiration.
  • If you miss a payment, In&motion will notify you of missed payment.
  • At the end of the 30-day grace period, your vest will not turn off during a ride. In&motion simply will not turn off your vest mid-ride for any reason.
  • After the 30-day grace period, if you try to turn your airbag on, it will not turn on and will not mislead you into thinking it is operational. LED indicators warn you if it is not active. If a rider chooses to ignore those indicators, the payment notifications, and rides with an inactive vest, then the rider made the decision to ride unprotected.

FAQ about the Ai-1 Airbag Vest and In&motion system and services:

  1. Do I have to subscribe to an In&motion detection mode for this vest to work?
  • No. You can either buy the In&box detection module and service outright one time, or choose from a monthly or annual subscription model. The goal with offering a subscription model is to lower the initial financial barrier to using an airbag vest. After 3-4 years (depending on which modes you choose) the subscription cost matches the outright purchase cost. The subscription model entitles you to a new In&box module after three years. Choose what works best for you.
  1. If I don’t want a monthly or annual subscription, can I still get this airbag vest?
  • Yes. You can purchase the vest and detection module with algorithm service outright and not have to worry about subscriptions.
  1. If I suspend/pause my subscription and forget to reactivate it, will the vest still detect a crash and inflate?
  • No, because in the first place you won’t be able to turn it on into ride-ready status before your ride. It will not “trick” you into thinking it’s active when it is not, because the LED indicators will warn you that it’s not active. If you ignore the LED indicators warning you that the airbag isn’t active, you can’t expect it to work. 
  1. If I’m subscribed monthly and miss a payment or my credit card expires, will the airbag suddenly stop working?
  • No. In&motion will reach out with a 30-day warning prior to your payment method expiration. After expiration or missed/forgotten payment, In&motion gives you a 30-day grace period during which the airbag functions completely the same. You will receive notifications about the missed payment. After the 30-day grace period, the airbag will stop detecting crashes until payment is resumed and you will not be able to turn on your airbag vest into ride-ready status, so you won’t unknowingly ride with a non-functioning vest, unless you choose to ignore the LED indicators warning that it isn’t active.
  1. Would In&motion turn off my vest mid-ride if I pass the 30-day grace period?
  • No. In&motion will not turn off your vest mid-ride for any reason, even if you’re at the end of the 30-day grace period and it elapses during your ride. The only way for it to turn off during a ride is if you didn’t charge the In&box and the battery dies (LEDs indicate battery level, which you see when you turn it on) or if you manually turn it off during your ride.

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