Ducati has announced its intention to debut advanced radar systems on its motorcycles by 2020. This continues with the other cutting edge advances it is rolling out, including ABS Cornering on its new motorcycles, while retrofitting it on its existing models as well.
This is part of its long term safety strategy mapped out till 2025.
Advanced Rider Assistance Systems or ARAS is a new suite being developed that will encompass various existing and new technologies. Tied in with multiple sensors and new radar input, ARAS should give the rider a better idea of threats and allow the time to avoid accidents.
What is ARAS?
Ducati started developing these systems as early as 2016, in conjunction with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano University. The study has led to the development of a warning system based on a rear radar, able to identify and point out vehicles present in the “blind spot” (i.e. the section of the road not visible either directly or in the rear-view mirror), or traffic approaching at high speed from behind. To highlight the technical and scientific value of this research project, developed by Ducati employees, University researchers and undergraduates, in May 2017 a patent application was filed concerning the system control algorithms, and a Scientific Publication was presented at the IEEE – Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) on June 11-14, 2017, at Redondo Beach, CA, USA.
Again in 2017, the Italian manufacturers selected a primary technological partner to ensure system suitability for production – by completing the package with a second radar sensor positioned at the front. The purpose of this device will be to manage the adaptive cruise control, allowing a given distance (which can be set by the user) to be maintained from the vehicle in front, and warning the rider of any risks of distraction-related head-on collisions. 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.
Current Safety innovations
Ducati is currently rolling out the Bosch made ABS Cornering system that allows full brake grip control even when the motorcycle is cornering. Even the venerable Ducati Scrambler 1100 gets it.