Blind spot detection has been available on cars for a number of years.  But up until now, neither motorcycle manufacturers or the motorcycle aftermarket have offered blind spot detection for motorcycles.

That is no longer true.  Senzar, a company based in Taiwan has released its aftermarket blindspot detection system for motorcycles.

Plug & Play

Senzar claims the system is near “plug and play” for all kinds of motorcycles.  The system uses 4 wires to connect to the motorcycle.  Claimed installation time is “a few minutes” and does not require a skilled mechanic.

The installation uses two radar sensors mounted to the license plate frame.  Power for the system is drawn from the bike’s battery.  Then, indicators that light up are placed on the bike’s mirrors.

Two radar sensors are attached to the license plate frame. Photo credit: Senzar

Indicators and haptic vibration

Senzar says that the indicators illuminate when a vehicle is entering the motorcycle’s left or right side blind spots.  They will also flash when a rider commences a lane change to warn the rider if there are vehicles in  the rider’s blind spot.

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Mirror mounted indicators flash to warn of a vehicle in the rider’s blind spots.

In addition, the system uses a haptic vibration unit which is installed under the seat cover.  Once again, if a vehicle is in the bike’s blind spot, the vibration unit will activate warning the rider that a vehicle is in the bike’s blind spot.  The vibration unit is claimed to be strong enough to be felt through motorcycle riding gear.

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Haptic vibration unit activates once a vehicle is sensed in the rider’s blind spot. Photo credit: Senzar

The system starts up automatically once the motorcycle is in motion.  Senzar claims the blind spot vehicle detection range is 30 feet on both sides of the motorcycle.

Technology is expensive

But this technology does not come cheap.  Senzar is presently selling the motorcycle blind spot detection system for 50% off retail at a promotional price of $399.  Once the promotion is over you can expect the price to be close to $800.  Neither price is inexpensive.

Do you think that the system is a worthwhile addition to your motorcycle?  Would you pay close to $400 or up to $800 for such a system?

Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

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