Networked airbag could save skiers from an avalanche

2019-03-01 03:11:00

AVALANCHES aren’t exactly stealthy, but they can still catch intrepid skiers unaware. Thanks to a networked airbag system, though, friends will now be able to come to the rescue. Avalanche airbag systems (ABS) have become a common piece of kit for off-piste skiers. The two airbags, stowed in a backpack, inflate at the pull of a cord, adding volume to the skier and increasing their chances of staying close to the surface during an avalanche. The trouble is that some skiers fail to deploy their ABS,