Radar-based Du­cati by 2020

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THE BOLOGNA-BASED MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS HAVE AL­WAYS BEEN CON­SCIOUS ABOUT rider safety. In an ef­fort to fur­ther im­prove safety lev­els, Du­cati have de­fined their strat­egy un­til 2025; it is called “Safety Road Map 2025”.

They have al­ready be­gun act­ing on this strat­egy by ex­tend­ing Bosch Cor­ner­ing ABS to their whole prod­uct range. The next step in this long-term goal is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ARAS (Ad­vanced Rider As­sis­tance Sys­tems) on their up­com­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. This sys­tem com­prises ad­vanced as­sis­tance sys­tems de­signed for en­hanced rider safety via sen­sors, which also in­clude radar. The pri­mary func­tion of the radar-based sys­tem will be to alert the rider about po­ten­tial haz­ards in his/ her sur­round­ings and to pre­dict and pre­vent a col­li­sion. The radar at the front will man­age adap­tive cruise con­trol and al­low the rider to set his/her de­sired dis­tance from the ve­hi­cle ahead. The rear radar will iden­tify and high­light ve­hi­cles that may be in the rider’s “blind spot”. This tech­nol­ogy is cur­rently be­ing tested. Du­cati have promised that it will be avail­able in at least one of their mo­tor­cy­cles by 2020.

The well-known Ital­ian man­u­fac­tur­ers started de­vel­op­ing these sys­tems in 2016 along with the De­part­ment of Elec­tron­ics, In­for­ma­tion and Bio­engi­neer­ing at the Po­litec­nico di Mi­lano Univer­sity.

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