Advanced safety systems for automobiles have come a long way since car makers added “ABS” badges to the trunks of their sedans. First it was electronic stability control, then blind-spot monitoring, and now automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist systems that actually brake and steer the vehicle. For two-wheeled vehicles, however, adding automatic braking or steering is not nearly as simple – tap the brakes when the rider is not prepared, and they are liable to fall right over the front of the bike. Recently, RideVision revealed its rider assist system, aimed at helping riders avoid accidents using camera technology, AI algorithms, and LED warning lights, in an effort to bring similar safety systems to riders.
Motorcycle riding is inherently more dangerous than driving an automobile, with the lack of a safety cage around the rider, the small size of the vehicle making it less visible, and the tendency of two-wheeled vehicles to fall over in slippery conditions or as a result of rider error. Advanced ABS and traction control systems can help considerably, but do not help with avoiding other drivers on the road.
RideVision uses a front and rear wide-angle camera, combined with computer hardware and advanced algorithms, to alert the rider of dangerous situations, such as a car in their blind spot. An array of LEDs mounted to the mirrors provides visual cues tailored to each situation, blinking both sets when a car in front is emergency braking, or lighting just the left LED when there is a car in the left blind spot.
RideVision calls it an Advanced Rider Assistance System (ARAS) and Collision Aversion Technology (CAT™), and says the system gives the rider crucial extra seconds to react to threats. The cameras also record video, which can be used in the event of an accident, and there is also a RideVision app that is part of the system. For more information, visit https://ride.vision/.
Source: cnet.com, ride.vision