A bundle of intelligent systems all controlled from your Smartphone and a joystick on the switchcubeby Allyn Hinton, on LISTEN 03:17
Ever at the leading edge of ride-quality and -control electronics, Ducati once again earns its reputation with the Connected Intelligence bundle that touches on every important facet and delivers multiple personalities not just for the engine, but much of the rest of the bike as well. Let’s take a look at the guts of the thing, shall we?
Ducati Connected Intelligence what it means to the rider
Tweak your traction control, cornering ABS, wheelie control, and quick-shift functions with a 6.5-inch color TFT screen as your visual interface.
The first critical element is arguably the most important, as everything else falls under its umbrella. I’m talking about the Ducati Connect feature that networks with your Android or iOs device via wireless Bluetooth yummygoodness. Plug your phone into the power port or just shove it in the weatherproof cubby at the rear of the fuel tank where it will automatically establish a WiFi connection to unlock the magic. A thumbstick and buttons on the left switch housing gives you complete control over all of the associated systems, all in red backlighting that will ensure visibility in poor lighting conditions while simultaneously preserving your night vision, both of which improve safety.
As for the technology, most are refined versions of well-established systems with navigation, music entertainment, and hands-free phonecalls on the menu. The navigation comes with the option of downloading the map ahead of time to ensure continual nav support, even in dead zones with no connectivity.
Use the connection to tweak the engine’s performance with Load Modes and Ride Modes that allow for quick bundled adjustments, or go into each individual category and set it up as you like if you are one for whom the tedium is a tonic.
Tweak your traction control, cornering ABS, wheelie control, and quick-shift functions with a 6.5-inch color TFT screen as your visual interface. The latter comes with a number of color packages for its high-resolution display, including a black background and highlighted data that is particularly nice at night. You can choose from a total of six languages for your dashboard.
Ducati Front and Rear Radar
Ducati added a new hardware device to the mix with its new radar units that support subsystems of their own. Mounted in both a fore- and aft-looking position, the radar system measures the distance between yourself and the surrounding traffic. Up front, that manifests itself as a dynamic component to the Adaptive Cruise Control that maintains a set following distance automatically so you don’t accidentally rear-end someone. Out back, it serves to watch your six and alert you when a target is closing at a potentially dangerous speed, and also if you signal to make a lane change and the system detects a vehicle in your blind spot on that side.
All of this fandanglery comes stock on the fantastic globetrotting Ducati Multistrada V4 S, but it’s not limited to that model. Connected is available as an app for download from the Apple Store and Google Play Store, though naturally, only the systems that are already on the bike will be covered by the Connected Intelligence umbrella.
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