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Featured Ducati Announces The World's First Bike With Front & Rear Radar Technology: New Multistrada V4

Discussion in 'Front Page Articles' started by El Toro, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Ducati announces the entry into production of the world's first motorcycle equipped with front and rear radar technology: the new Multistrada V4
    • Production of the Multistrada V4 begins, the fourth generation of one of the most successful motorcycles of the Bologna-based company, already produced in more than 110,000 units
    • The bike is equipped with a completely new V4 engine developed for maximum smoothness of operation and a substantial extension of maintenance intervals
    • The Multistrada V4 is the first motorcycle in the world equipped with front and rear radar capable of providing the user with a revolutionary riding aid system
    Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 6 October 2020 - Production of the Multistrada V4 has begun at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale: the first motorcycle to use front and rear radar technology. The Multistrada V4 marks an epochal turning point for the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer and will be officially presented on 4 November.

    For the fourth generation of the Multistrada, Ducati has developed a new, light and compact V4 engine, designed to meet the needs required for "adventouring" use without neglecting emotion and sportiness. The complete redesign made it possible to reach record-breaking maintenance intervals for the world of two wheels. All the details of this new engine will be revealed on 15 October.

    Ducati brings radars on production bikes, confirming what was anticipated in 2018 ( link to the press release of April 2018 here). The adoption of these systems promises to be a true revolution for the world of two wheels, marking a new level of excellence in terms of comfort and riding assistance, especially on long motorway journeys.

    Radars are advanced aid systems capable of supporting and making riding more comfortable thanks to the ability to reconstruct the reality surrounding the motorcycle. Ducati's interest in this type of systems dates back to 2016, when the Company worked in collaboration with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano to experiment with this type of systems. This first experience has confirmed the applicability of this kind of technology to vehicles on two wheels, and has pushed Ducati to the creation of a complete package of riding assistance using two radars that, within four years, has been developed and produced in close cooperation with Bosch, a top-level technology partner, and sees its first application on the new Multistrada V4.

    Each radar has compact dimensions (70 x 60 x 28 mm, similar to a modern action camera) and integrates perfectly into the bike, weighing only 190 grams.

    The radar positioned in the front of the vehicle controls the operation of the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), which by means of controlled braking and acceleration automatically adjusts the distance (selectable on four levels) from other vehicles when riding at a speed between 30 and 160 km/h. This car-derived system has been evolved and developed according to the dynamics and ergonomics of a two-wheeled vehicle. In particular, the authority of the system in terms of deceleration and acceleration has been limited in order to ensure the rider can maintain constant control of the vehicle in any situation. The system allows for more comfortable riding, especially on long motorway journeys.

    The rear radar, on the other hand, is able to detect and report vehicles positioned in the so-called blind spot, i.e. the area not visible either directly by the rider or through the rear-view mirror. The BSD (Blind Spot Detection) system also signals the approaching from behind of vehicles at high speed.

    To underline the technical-scientific value of the research project, carried out jointly by Ducati engineers and researchers and undergraduates from the Politecnico di Milano, a patent application relating to the control algorithms of this system was filed in May 2017. In June 2017, a scientific publication was presented at the IEEE - Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) in Redondo Beach, California.
     
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  2. With the position of the plug for the front radar unit, I do hope they've used serious quality connectors. Or it'll be a case of unplugging it filling it half-way with petrolum jelly (non-conductive) & closing it up.
     
  3. Riding in Italy the radar alarms will be going off non stop with people to close both front and rear
     
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  4. Is this the “radar” that cuts your speed automatically when you get within a certain distance of the vehicle in front? Because that is what Audi/VW/Seat/Skoda have in their cars and Audi own Ducati.
     
  5. yes @Longdog colloquially called adaptive cruise-control. But this system as described without seeing the warning symbols or position of indicators (hopefully some inside mirrors along with heated mirrors) does a bit more.
     
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  6. Why the bloody hell can’t people learn to drive properly, drivers of the future will end up relying on all the gadgetry until driverless vehicles are the norm.. I hope I am well and truly pushing up the daisies by that time.
     
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  7. I jumped back on HGV's when bat aids hit & lots of Mercs, DAFS have adaptive cruise control + braking. It is very easy too use & become very reliant on it when doing long journeys, but it has certain weather + sensor limitations. Not sure I'd want or need it on bike, bollards on traffic islands can be mistaken for pedestrian, cueing traffic on slip roads can set it off. It is nice to set 3 lorry lengths on cruise control & when people invade your space it just drops back...before you know it your doing 40 mph behind Doris in her Prius on M1slow Lane.
     
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  8. Meh
     
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  9. those wing mirrors are going to be expensive when they get dropped and need replacing.
     
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  10. Not going to be giving up my 'life-saver' shoulder check anytime soon.
     
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  11. Almost every time I go to overtake in my Kia Spurtage it goes 'beep fucking beep fucking beep' I don't think I'd hear it on the bike thankfully :D
     
  12. Will it come with the optional "get out of my way" missile launcher?
     
  13. I had to turn the collision avoidance off in my car as it would activate emergency braking if I went past an island to close for its comfort. Also it would just activate itself for no apparent reason at all, taxis in park lane were not impressed with my driving style. Took it back under warranty twice and BMW could find nothing wrong with it, and so I always deactivated it, not sure what an insurance company might say in the event of a claim? I don’t want to pooh pooh any progress and safety aids, I think ABS is generally good, for the masses , but I can pull up sharper without it. Corner ABS is a great invention for the masses. I do quite like the idea of a blind spot warning light etc but at the end of the day we must be taught what driving entails.
     
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  14. That's solely a BMW option :D
     
  15. I've felt my brakes being applied when closing on another car who it turning left off the road in front of me, as well as the bloody bleeping. I may investigate turning it off.
    I mean accelerating up to 2" off the bumper in front before heroically diving out F1 stylee is the correct way to execute such a manoeuvre is it not:thinkingface:
     
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  16. I got an email today & on my phone version, it shows me the rear radar & another part of the bike. Anyone else?
     
  17. Just got a new Audi Q8 a few weeks back, bristling with radars too (Audi owns Ducati and I read that this is coming from car technology)- The Q8's most annoying trait is the overly anxious 'Audi pre-sense'- sure you can disable it in a menu but next time out its back on again by default. Driving up a congested street towards parked cars, but no imminent danger and with my aged mother and WHAP! on come the brakes and the poor woman nearly died of fright. Now, whatever about that in a big 2 ton SUV, I really would be concerned about that shit finding its way into my next bike!
     
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  18. Lots of speculation. Dual radars will make it easy to determine slip for traction and wheelie control. Adaptive cruise sound like something you turn on manually on a long-distance cruise out in the open not emergency braking in congested urban areas with tons of radar obstacles to trigger false alerts.

    If Tesla can make a workable system, it is within reason for other companies to do similar. Whether they do or not is subjective. And yes, 'blind spot' alerts from a car in the city gets annoying fast! Emergency braking and lane departure control are valuable to everyone. Even the best drivers can have an off day and miss something that a driver nanny may catch, preventing a mishap.
     
  19. More expensive, troublesome electronic shite that I don’t need or want ...
     
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