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Austrian two-wheeler brand, KTM is said to be working on a new sensor-based safety technology. According to Bennetts, KTM is testing its new sensor-based Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind-Spot Detection technology.
The technology is similar to that found in modern day cars. KTM motorcycles will use sensors both at the front and rear of the motorcycles, to helps avoid collisions while riding.
The front sensor will be used for adaptive cruise control. When cruise control is activated above 30km/h, the vehicle in front is detected and the sensor locks on to it. The speed of the motorcycle is then adjusted accordingly using automatic throttling and braking management.
The motorcycle will maintain a pre-set gap between itself and the vehicle ahead. If the vehicle in front brakes suddenly, the sensor will adjust the speed of the motorcycle accordingly as well.
The pre-set gap is currently two seconds, but KTM state that once the testing stages of the technology are completed, a rider will be able to set the gap individually. In case the sensors detect a possible collision, the system will react faster and brake harder.
At the rear section, a short distance radar detects any vehicles in the motorcycles blind spots. Once detected, the sensor will project three amber lights on the side mirrors, as well as a notification on the TFT screen.
Gerald Matschl, Vice President Of R&D, KTM, stated that the new technology is "still in development" and is "not for the next year". Implying that we could expect the technology at the earliest only in 2020.
Thoughts On The KTM Sensor Based Safety Technology
Motorcycles manufacturers are coming up with various safety features, which allow the riders to enjoy the high performance of their products.
KTM is the second manufacturer after Ducati to be testing the technology for the safety of their rider. Ducati also recently announced the testing of their Advanced Rider Assistance Systems.