Ducati motorcycles in the future will come with radar systems
The technology will help riders see through blind spotsby Sagar, on
In a bid to make motorcycling safe, manufacturers are foraying deep into embedding technology and innovation into their products to help riders stay safe on their bikes. Motorcycle accidents are close to 30 times more than those of cars, and Ducati is in an effort to minimize that as much as possible.
According to Ducati’s “2025 Safety Road Map” plan, future motorcycles will have the technology to determine the range, angle, or velocity of other road users in real time via front and rear radar. This will allow the vehicles to be aware of each other on the road and avoid untoward incidents that may involve human error.
Yes, a lot of companies are pouring in cash like water into developing the future automobile technologies to be able to minimize accidents and deaths on the road. Governments of countries are vying to call their roads the safest and are devising various strategies to do so.
Ducati has been at the forefront of developing new inventions that can keep the riders safe in all conditions. They boast of being the only motorcycle manufacturer in the world to have the D|air airbag riding jackets interact with the motorcycle system, available on Ducati’s Multistrada 1260 D (not yet available in North America). They are also “the first company in the industry to equip a heritage/classic model, the Ducati Scrambler 1100, with the ABS Cornering system.”
The Bologna-based firm has currently multiple safety innovations and developments running parallel with the concept of ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance Systems) on its motorcycles. This system in the future will incorporate assistance or feedback from a number of sensors, including radars to gauge the surroundings for potential threats on the fly.
These systems will interact with the rider and send alerts “to prevent possible collisions with obstacles or other vehicles”. Ducati has been busy testing such systems as early as 2016 in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano University and its Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering.
The radar system being developed here and its technology have been filed for a patent in May 2017. It will help riders ascertain dangers at blind-spots and are currently progressing the technology by tapping into the bike’s adaptive cruise control to keep the rider safe from any untoward situations. Ducati will enable this system on a production motorcycle with an involving user interface sometime by the year 2020.