Not officially announced, but...
Now, this wasn’t officially announced by Harley-Davidson amid the myriad of new motorcycles, but at the same time as the showy reveal was happening, we were also sent details of a set of patents, which show that Harley-Davidson is working on an Emergency Autonomous Braking System for its next generation motorcycles.
The patent reveals that Harley-Davidson plans to use sensors to watch you when you ride. The system then works out if a rider is physically or mentally prepared for emergency braking. The sensors would be placed on handlebar grips, saddle, footrests and instrument panel (and even inside the helmet) to evaluate if a rider is prepared to react – before the autonomous braking takes control. If the system detects that the rider is not prepared for emergency braking, it would turn on warning indicators – and if the rider fails to respond, the system will automatically slow down the motorcycle.
Equally, if the system detects that the rider is alert and has started to apply brakes, it will assist by applying additional braking pressure.