2020 sees launch of Ducati bike front-and-rear radar

As part of its safety strategy leading into 2025, Ducati will release a motorcycle equipped with front-and-rear radar, as part of the Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS) on Ducati motorcycles. ARAS is part of Ducati’s plan – “2025 Safety Road Map” – to increase rider safety levels via the use of sensors, which includes radar.

Development of the front-and-rear radar began in 2016, in collaboration with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano University. The system is able to to identify vehicles in the rider’s rear blind spot, and notify the rider accordingly.

Following appointment of a technological partner last year, a second forward-looking sensor was included into the system. This will allow for adaptive cruise control, allowing for the rider to maintain distance from the vehicle in front, and warning the rider of risks from distraction-related head-on collisions.

2020 sees launch of Ducati bike front-and-rear radar

Other components of Ducati’s safety plan includes extending Bosch cornering ABS to its entire motorcycle catalogue. Cornering ABS allows for full braking even when the motorcycle is leaned over into a corner, ruling out the risk of falling during corner-entry, where the front-wheel can tuck in suddenly on slippery surfaces.

Additionally, the Ducati Multistrada 1260 D-Air is currently the only motorcycle in the world that connects directly to Dainese’ D-Air airbag jacket. The system is able to deploy in 45 milliseconds, faster than a stand-alone airbag jacket system and is capable of split-second inflation before the rider and passenger collide with an obstacle.

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