New Blind Spot Detection Technology in Better Senses Motorcycles Cars
Ducati introduced the first blind spot detection technology in a motorcycle with the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S. The system equipped with radar alerts the driver on cars and motorcycles. On the other hand, not all blind spot technologies in automobiles accurately detect motorcycles. Now Honda will launch a new Honda Sensing 360 to accommodate vehicles of all sizes and speeds.
With five radar units, one at each corner and one at the front, a wide-angle front camera and a steering wheel grip sensor, the new system projects a sensory range around the entire vehicle. Honda claims that the Sensing 360’s full coverage effectively removes blind spots to improve collision prevention. The next-generation system aligns with Honda’s goal of reducing road collision fatalities to zero by 2050. The company will implement Sensing 360 in Honda models and Acura Watch in Acura models onwards. from 2022.
“Honda Sensing 360 represents the next major step in what has already been a leading application of safety and driver assistance technologies,” said Gary Robinson, vice president of product planning for American Honda Motor. Co. “Honda will continue to advance our technologies to improve the safety of all who share the road and will play a leading role in achieving a collision-free society.”
In addition to Honda’s efforts, the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) will now factor motorcycles into its test protocols. Based in Brussels, the organization is made up of ministries of transport, automobile clubs and insurance associations. Euro NCAP tests include automotive assistance and emergency braking systems. Testing already includes adaptive cruise control and proximity detection for pedestrians and cyclists, but new protocols call for testing a car approaching a stationary motorcycle, a motorcycle traveling at 50 km / h and a bicycle turning at an intersection.
Hopefully the new systems and tests will result in better performing safety systems in cars and motorcycles. With such sweeping changes, Honda may be able to meet its ambitious goal by 2050.