Emergency brake assistant now available for motorcycles

November 06, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Emergency brake assistant now available for motorcycles
Continental will be the first supplier to launch an emergency brake assistant for motorcycles on the market. The radar-based system is part of the broad range of driver assistance systems that the technology company is grouping together under the term Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS) and is currently planning to present at the EICMA in Milan.

The new, fifth generation of radar sensors from Continental, which features advanced object recognition, enables the implementation of an emergency brake assistant that specifically meets the need of motorbike riders. Experience with safety systems from the passenger car and commercial vehicle sectors has been incorporated into the development of the two-wheel system. But there are differences: While in a car such an assistant autonomously performs emergency braking with maximum braking force to avoid a collision, the motorcycle system reduces speed in a much more controlled manner. It is designed more to support the driver than to take control.

With the aid of a radar sensor, the emergency brake assistant monitors the area in front of the motorcycle. If there is a danger of a collision with a vehicle in front or another obstacle, the driver is first warned: visually, acoustically or haptically, for example by vibrations in the handlebars. A low pre-braking pressure then supports the driver during the active braking process. If the driver does not react to the warning, the Emergency Brake Assistant automatically builds up braking force - provided both hands are on the handlebars. The braking deceleration is considerably lower than is usual in a car emergency braking system.

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