Hot on the heels of Harley-Davidson’s big reveals earlier this week comes news that the MoCo is now working on an autonomous braking system.
On Monday, Harley-Davidson surprised the motorcycle world with news of plans to build a new adventure bike and streetfighter, among other new models. Other news included talk of a new 60-degree V-twin platform and interest in e-bikes and other interesting electric vehicles.
Now, Motorcycle.com has uncovered a patent application by Harley-Davidson for an emergency braking system that would automatically activate in extreme cases. The patent application drawing above gives a little insight into how the system would work; after detecting an imminent threat (perhaps through onboard radar or some sort of camera technology), the motorcycle’s safety system determines if the rider is capable of responding quickly through a variety of physical inputs. If the answer is no, the braking system is automatically activated.
Science fiction? Airy-fairy pie-in-the-sky tech? Probably not. Similar systems have already been available on cars for years, and sooner or later, there will be a market for it in the motorcycle world (Honda’s already working on it, too). Maybe Harley-Davidson will include it on a future edition of one of its massive touring bikes? Stay tuned.