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German motorcycle manufacturer, BMW Motorrad, has announced that it is researching and developing a new radar-guided adaptive cruise control system for its range of motorcycles. The brand also revealed details about how the system works.
The BMW Motorrad Active Cruise Control (ACC) system, the technology has been developed by Bosch, and has been designed to allow for a rider to set cruising speeds, and to also set a minimum distance from a vehicle in front of it.
The new Active Cruise Control system uses data from a radar sensor installed at the front of the motorcycle, an oscillating rate sensor, and current speed to calculate the most likely path the machine will travel over 100 meters. It is designed to control the speed of the motorcycle in order to prevent a potential collision.
The new technology features microcontrollers that analyse all the data and make necessary adjustments to the vehicle, including to the ABS and brake application, and also to decrease engine revs.
The system offers two riding modes - comfort and dynamic, both of which change motorcycle performance in terms of acceleration and braking. In addition, it allows for riders to set the distance between a vehicle in the front of the motorcycle, and maximum speed. It also allows for three rider presets.
BMW Motorrad's Active Cruise Control system also manages a motorcycle's speed while in a corner or a bend in the road, in order to offer the most comfortable lean angle.
The system also does not allow manual acceleration while leaning into a turn or curve. The safety measure is in place to counter for the presence of a vehicle that hasn't been detected yet.
The system however, has not been designed to radar detect stationary vehicles (either at a traffic signal or while parked). The rider will have to take control of the vehicle in this situation.
As is, BMW Motorrad has not revealed how soon the new Active Cruise Control system will be launched, and what models will feature the technology.
Thoughts About BMW's Active Cruise Control Technology
This is fantastic technology BMW Motorrad, but we think it is meant only for European, Australian, Middle Eastern, and North American markets. While the tech is fantastic, it won't work in India. There are multiple factors to consider on Indian roads - people, cattle, vehicles in wrong lanes, and the multitude of speed breakers that exist because there was spare construction material.