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Harley Davidson Adaptive Cruise Control

Harley Davidson Adaptive Cruise Control

In recent years, motorcycle manufacturers have developed, patented, introduced and implemented a variety of technologies that improve safety.

From multilevel traction and wheelie control to ABS with tilt tracking, active safety systems are becoming more sophisticated and sophisticated every year. To some, their work seems natural, but to others, on the contrary, it interferes, but the realities are such that more and more new technologies appear on the market and improve over the years. So, in 2021, adaptive cruise control became a trend – it is being introduced by KTM, BMW and Ducati.

Harley Davidson Adaptive Cruise Control

Another brand developing adaptive cruise control is Harley Davidson, and new patents from the American company reveal it in an interesting way. A patent application filed on January 21, 2021 describes an autonomous emergency braking system to avoid collisions. With a range of flow and rider tracking devices, the technology can alert the rider to a potential threat and intervene if necessary.

The radar-based system not only detects surrounding vehicles, but also monitors the rider’s actions using video cameras on the dashboard and sensors in the grips and seat. Before resorting to emergency braking, the system determines if the rider is attentive enough and ready to react himself. If not, the system sends a series of visual and audible alerts to the dashboard, as well as vibration alerts through the grips. If the rider does not react in a timely manner, the system will activate automatic braking.

In a situation where the rider has already applied the brakes, but there is not enough braking force to stop successfully, the system will add pressure to the brake circuits for maximum braking efficiency. In addition to the cameras on the dashboard, the technology will also use a camera in the helmet – that’s right, not ON the helmet, but IN the helmet, tracking the rider’s eye movements to track his attention. Of course, autonomous emergency braking systems are already used in the automotive industry, but on motorcycles, the use of such systems raises several questions.

Long journeys can undoubtedly cause drowsiness and loss of attention, but it’s still curious how the Harleyists, one of the most conservative audiences, will react to the extra security system constantly watching their attention.

Only time will tell if an automatic brake will appear on American cruisers, but there is no doubt about its imminent implementation in one form or another on this or that class of motorcycles.

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