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BMW Follows Ducati With Adaptive Cruise

Just days after Ducati announced it would introduce adaptive cruise control to its Multistrada V4, BMW has expectedly followed suit with the new RT.

Adaptive cruise control, or as BMW calls it “active cruise control” has been available in many cars for several years and keeps your vehicle a nominated distance behind the vehicle in front.

In the BMW it also holds the bike at a set speed when going downhill which is handy as many cops set up radar “traps” at the bottom of hills, even though they shouldn’t by law.

Ducati, BMW and KTM have been working with Bosch for several years on the tech and we expect KTM will be next with the handy safety feature.

We also expect BMW will roll it out across their K, R and possibly F ranges in coming months, especially in their popular adventure touring models.

But first it comes in the cops’ favourite bike, the RT, which also gets a mild cosmetic update, better designed aerodynamic fairing, as well as some features that are now standard and some extra options.

Standard features now consist of ABC Pro (combined braking), traction control and a new “Eco” riding mode to save you some dollars on fuel.

Riding Modes Pro with riding mode preselection and engine drag torque control will also be offered as options.

The RT now comes with LED headlights with the turning light function that helps you see round bends at night.

There is also a new 10.25” TFT colour screen with integrated navigation and optional phone connectivity and Audio System 2.0. It arrives in a choice of white, blue and bronze in three style variants: “Elegance”, “Sport” and “Option 719”.

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BMW first to offer active cruise control

BMW Motorrad may be set to become the first motorcycle company to offer adaptive cruise control on a production motorcycle.

The technology has been available for several years in many luxury cars.

It basically keeps the vehicle at a predetermined distance from the vehicle in front, including other motorcycles.

For those who have used it, they find it quite convenient and safe, allowing the driver to concentrate on traffic.

However, it can also be frustrating as other drivers jump into the space in front.

We expect BMW will introduce it first on their big K 1600 tourers as shown in the above video and supplied photos, followed by other models down the line.BMW active cruise control

It will not only require more sophisticated computer technology in the cruise control, but also sensors to measure distance to vehicles in front.

That means more cost and a small amount of extra weight.

It’s just another step toward autonomous vehicles.

BMW Motorrad is also working on self-riding technology with its ConnectedRide R 1200 GS Adventure fitted with autonomous computer tech.

Self-riding BMW technology ConnectrideSelf-riding BMW prototype

KTM and Ducati have also been working on similar systems, but it appears BMW may beat them to market.

Active Cruise Control

Here is the official BMW Motorrad press release:

Relaxed cruising with active cruise control, without having to manually adapt to the driving speed of the vehicle in front – already available in cars now for many years, but not the standard in motorcycles to date. However, with the Active Cruise Control (ACC), BMW Motorrad will soon offer this type of rider assistance system, thus providing motorcyclists with a completely new, comfortable riding experience.

The new BMW Motorrad Active Cruise Control (ACC). Cruise control with distance control for maximum comfort and best possible safety when riding a motorcycle.

ACC is a novel rider assistance system that was developed in cooperation with the partner, Bosch. The many years of experience with passenger car driver assistance systems of both companies could be applied selectively here and used for motorcycle applications. The new ACC provides maximum comfort for the demanding touring motorcyclist by automatically regulating the speed set by the rider and the distance to the vehicle driving in front. The system automatically regulates the vehicle speed when the distance to the vehicle in front is reduced and keeps the distance defined by the rider. This distance can be varied in three stages. Both the riding speed as well as the distance to the vehicle in front can be set conveniently using a button. The individual settings are displayed on the TFT instrument cluster. The new BMW Motorrad ACC has two selectable control characteristics: comfortable or dynamic, in which the acceleration and deceleration behaviour is changed accordingly. The distance control can also be deactivated in order to be able to use the Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC).BMW active cruise control

When cornering, the speed is automatically reduced by the ACC if required and a comfortable lean angle is aimed at. With an increasing lean angle, however, the braking and acceleration dynamics are limited in order to maintain a stable rideability and not to unsettle the rider by abrupt braking or acceleration. The BMW Motorrad ACC is a rider assistance system that leaves the responsibility with the rider and allows him to intervene at all times. That is also because the new ACC only responds to moving vehicles. Stationary vehicles – like at the end of a traffic jam or at traffic lights – are are not considered. In such cases, the rider has to do the braking.

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Kawasaki to add advanced rider aids

Kawasaki will beat Ducati and KTM to the punch by introducing Bosch’s full suite of Advanced Rider Assistance Systems in 2021.

The systems include adaptive cruise control (ACC) which adapts speed to the vehicle in front, plus forward collision warning and blind-spot detection.

Ducati and KTM have announced that only some of these three systems will be introduced in their 2021 models.

Kawasaki will go with the three systems.

The Kawasaki announcement follows the recent unveiling of their electric motorcycle project at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this month.Kawasaki EV project

Perhaps that will be the bike that includes the three Bosch systems which are active at all times.

Advanced monitoring

The Bosch Advanced Rider Assistance Systems use mid-range radar sensors at the front and of the motorcycle for constant monitoring.

It sends alerts when a vehicle is in the bike’s blind spot or there is an imminent forward or rear collision.

Their adaptive cruise control uses the sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front when cruise control is engaged.

Most of these advanced systems are already in use in many cars today, but none has been introduced to motorcycles yet.

Ducati is expected to add Bosch front and rear radar and cornering ABS to their entire range in 2021, but not adaptive cruise control.

Meanwhile, KTM has demonstrated Bosch’s adaptive cruise control and blind spot alert which they will introduced to their range in 2021. They will not introduce the forward collision warning system.

Bosch has also been working on jet thrusters that will prevent a low-side slide.

Bosch rider aids blind spot warning sensors automated radar radar year
Bosch thrusters to prevent low-sides


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