- To feature forward-facing radar sensor
- Safety net to include autonomous braking tech
- System to feature visual, audio, and haptic indicators
After Ducati, KTM, and BMW, it’s the iconic American cruiser manufacturer, Harley-Davidson that is working on radar-based electronic rider aids for its motorcycles. While Harley-Davidson is yet to make an announcement about its radar-based autonomous braking system, the tech has been revealed through the patent application.
Unlike Ducati, Harley-Davidson will only use a forward facing radar sensor on its motorcycles. The algorithm analyses various parameters such as the possibility of a collision, rider’s physical engagement with the motorcycle, and the rider’s attention. Based on the inputs, the system will take necessary actions such as shut the throttle and apply brake to maximise deceleration. The autonomous system will also feature visual, audio, and haptic indicators.
The patent images show Harley-Davidson’s bagger style motorcycle, but we could see the application on other products too, especially the Pan America ADV Tourer that is expected to be unveiled later this month.
Back in India, Hero MotoCorp has announced a separate vertical to drive its new business of Harley-Davidson products. The Indian two-wheeler brand has appointed Ravi Avalur as the Business Unit Head of the new vertical.