The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - LOZ BLAIN

THE lat­est piece of car tech to cross over into the mo­tor­cy­cle world, it seems, will be the au­to­matic start/stop sys­tem.

Honda pi­o­neered the tech on its PCX125 scoot back in 2010, and now Yamaha has in­tro­duced a fuel-sav­ing stop/ start sys­tem on its new Janus scooter, a 125 cc, slightly retro scoot weigh­ing 97 kg and tar­geted at fe­male rid­ers in the Viet­namese mar­ket, where a mas­sive 2,85 mil­lion mo­tor­cy­cles and scoots are sold per year. The fuel-sav­ing fea­ture will roll out on the Deluxe and Pre­mium mod­els, but not the Stan­dard. The Pre­mium model also gets a smart key.

With the BMW C650GT now start­ing to in­te­grate blind spot warn­ing lights, it’s in­ter­est­ing to think what other tech from the car world we’ll be see­ing on two wheels.

Au­to­matic brak­ing would be a death sen­tence for rid­ers, but other car tech could prove use­ful. Maybe laser head­lights like Audi and BMW are do­ing? Ges­ture con­trol? Elec­tric tur­bocharg­ing? … Maybe not.


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