- Patent filings for front camera leaked
- Likely to debut on Africa Twin
- Front camera tech could be used on Gold Wing too
Honda has filed patents for a new safety technology for its adventure-touring motorcycle- the Africa TwinCRF1100. This tech includes a front camera that would provide data to active rider technology as well as traffic monitoring.
Now, the camera uses sensors with varying focus and zoom, just like the one on your smartphone. Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer has also patented its mount which would be positioned below the Africa Twin’s LED headlamps. Honda has also worked on the camera's safety by placing the mount in such a way that it is safe from debris and stones and extra light that is likely to hinder the camera’s function. Additionally, the mount is not fixed. Instead, it is suspended to protect it from vibrations.
This tech would be different from other manufacturers that use Radar and Lidar as part of their safety tech since it offers light perception like brake lights. While the patent drawing showcases the new tech on the Africa Twin and is likely to debut on the motorcycle, we can expect Honda to offer the front camera system on its other models like the Gold Wing too.