Hövding is a bicycle helmet unlike any other on the market. It’s ergonomic, it’s practical, it complies with all safety requirements and it’s subtle and blends in with what you are wearing, because it is worn as a collar around the neck. The collar contains a folded up airbag that you will only see if you happen to have an accident. The inflated airbag is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the bicyclist’s head, and the trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors which pick up the abnormal movements of a bicyclist in an accident. The actual collar is the visible part of the invention, and it is covered by a removable shell that you can change to match your outfit. Hövding is a practical accessory that is easy to carry around, it has a great-looking yet subtle design – and it will save your life. “The shell surrounds the collar, and the most important function of the shell is to enable you to change the look of your Hövding – every day if you feel like it. The shell is removable and attaches to the collar with zippers. It’s easy to change the shell to match your outfit, to suit the Season or to wash it. The shell’s appearance can be varied in a virtually endless number of designs, colours, patterns and fabrics, turning Hövding into a fashion accessory. At the moment there are two different shell designs to choose from but we will be launching new collections all the time. Unlike the collar, the shell is washable”, says Anna and Terese.


  • Title: Hövding
  • External Link: Hövding - INDEX: Design to Improve Life® website
  • Sustainable Development Goals targeted: Good Health & Well-being, Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities & Communities, Climate Action
  • INDEX: Award Cycle: 2011
  • INDEX: Award Category: Play & Learning
  • Driver(s) of Change: Climate Change, Connection Technologies, Entrepeneurship, Intelligent Systems, Mega Urbanization
  • Designed By: Anna Haupt, Terese Alstin
  • Country of Design : Sweden

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