The next Honda Goldwing could have emergency brakes that sense a collision and slow the bike automatically.
These automatic or emergency braking systems have been endorsed in all new cars made in Europe from 2020.
The decision is based on a joint study by Euro NCAP and Australasian NCAP which concluded that automatic emergency brakes would lead to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes at low speeds.
With motorcycle companies such as Honda and others now considering this sort of technology, we have to wonder whether motorcycles will be the next with mandated auto brakes.
Emergency brakes rumour
The Honda Goldwing rumour is based on some patent images that allegedly show two forward-facing cameras.
It is suggested these could only be used for monitoring traffic in front to avoid a rear-end collision.
They would be connected to an Adaptive Driving Assistance System (ADAS) to slow the bike, prompting the rider to activate the brakes, possibly with extra assistance.
The auto system would be connected to the Goldwing’s combined braking system and Inertial Measurement Unit.
It sounds like a similar system to the one used in Honda’s Civic and CR-V cars.
The car system also monitors lane position, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and speed limiting, so these could also be added to the Goldwing.
There is no confirmation from Honda of the emergency brakes rumour, nor when it would likely be introduced.
However, the 1833cc six-cylinder motorcycle received a major update for its 2018 model.
Honda added a vast array of electronic wizardry: electric windscreen, seven-speed automatic transmission, hill start assist, idling stop/start, traction control, smart key, electronic suspension, four engine modes, LED lighting, auto-cancelling indicators and Apple CarPlay that allows iPhone users to use their device.
Yet it has a smaller fuel tank, almost a third less luggage space and shed up to 48kg in weight.