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Nose-and-tail radar on way from Ducati

  • Ducati brings forward 2025 motorcycle safety tech
  • Phase 1 started: ABS Cornering on all Ducatis
  • Radar systems soon for production machines
DUCATI GETS RADAR: Tech planned for 2025 has been brought forward to improve crash avoidance. Image: Ducati / Newspress
DUCATI GETS RADAR: Tech planned for 2025 has been brought forward to improve crash avoidance. Image: Ducati / Newspress

BOLOGNA, Italy – Ducati sees itself as a leader in motor-cycle crash avoidance and was the first in the industry to equip a heritage/classic model, the Ducati Scrambler 1100, with Cornering ABS.

This level of safety awareness, the bikemaker says, along with a constant drive towards innovation, led the Bologna-based manufacturer to define its safety strategy through to 2025 – among them  advanced rider assistance systems on its motorcycles.

Among the sensors is radar.

TECHNOLOGY PARTNER FOUND

Ducati started developing such systems in 2016 with a Milan university’s Department of Electronics, Information and Bio-engineering. That led to the development of a warning system based on a rear radar to identify and point out vehicles approaching at high speed but not yet visible in the bike’s mirrors.

Again in 2017, Ducati selected a primary technological partner to ensure system suitability for production that would add a second – front – radar sensor.

The purpose of this device will be to manage the bike’s adaptive cruise control, allowing a given distance (set by the user) to be maintained from the vehicle ahead and warning of  a distraction-related head-on collision.

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All these systems, together with an advanced user interface designed to alert the rider to any existing dangers, will be available on one of the Ducati models coming in 2020.

The first actual step of this strategy called “Safety Road Map 2025” has already been implemented and includes the progressive extension of Bosch ABS Cornering to the whole product range.

This system enhances active braking ensuring top-level safety. Standard ABS ensures control of tyre grip loss during braking only when the motorcycle is travelling in a straight line; the more advanced Cornering version allows full braking grip control even when cornering.

CRASH JACKET CAN SAVE LIVES

Ducati has confirmed its safety strategy value by introducing the Bosch ABS Cornering system into its Ducati Scrambler family – fitting it to the top-of-the-range version, the 100.

Additionally, in 2014, Ducati introduced the only motorcycle in the world able to interact with the Airbag jacket, the Multistrada 1200 D|air . This system, now available on Ducati’s Multistrada 1260 D|air, is designed to deploy in 45 milliseconds (much faster than a stand-alone system) nitrogen bags to cushion rider and pillion’s exposed body parts with the rider’s Dainese jacket.

The bag is capable of split-second inflation before the rider – and possibly passenger – collide with the obstacle and is intelligent enough to sense the difference between a potentially dangerous accident and a low-speed bump or a stationary motorcycle simply falling over.

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