Ducati Motor Holding, Italian two-wheeler maker, has defined its safety strategy until 2025 with the implementation of various Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS) on its motorcycles. Ducati’s strategy for safe riding is defined under its ‘Safety Road Map 2025,’ which is aimed at introducing new safety systems and technologies. While phase one has already started with ABS cornering that is to be fitted to all motorcycles in the Ducati range, it is testing future-oriented radar systems.
ARAS increase rider safety levels through a number of sensors, including radars. These sensors are able to provide feedback on the surrounding environment - helping to prevent possible collisions with obstacles or other vehicles by alerting the rider, noted Ducati. The company began 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 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’, or traffic approaching at high speed.
The technical and scientific value of this research project developed by Ducati employees, University researchers and undergraduates, in May 2017 have been highlighted through the filing of a patent. This patent concerns system control algorithms, and a Scientific Publication was presented at the IEEE - Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) in June, 2017.
Additionally, in 2017 Ducati 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 to be maintained from the vehicle in front. It then provides a warning to the rider of any risks of distraction-related head-on collisions, the company explained. 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.
Safety Road Map 2025 has already been implemented and includes the progressive extension of Bosch ABS Cornering to the whole product range, noted Ducati. It said this system enhances active braking ensuring top-level safety. If standard ABS ensures control of tyre grip loss during braking only when the motorcycle is travelling in a straight line, the more advanced Cornering version allows full braking grip control even when cornering. Ducati has confirmed its safety strategy value by introducing the Bosch ABS Cornering system also in its Ducati Scrambler family.