blank 06/19/15 07:55AM Cutting Edge Motorcycle Technology, Motorcycle Safety

Riding Into The Future: Cutting Edge Motorcycle Technology

Riding Into The Future Cutting Edge Motorcycle Technology

Motorcycle culture has always had a pioneering spirit. The wind on your face, engines thundering, and the open road all feel like freedom. And with freedom comes innovation. If you’re going to brush off traditional society’s rules, why stick with traditional technology’s rules? The motorcycle industry roars onto the open road of tech with the same spirit as its users. These new products help cyclists improve performance, stay safe, and overcome some pointless hassles.   

Data software

Yes, even motorcycles are in on the data game now. Maybe this shouldn’t come as big surprise; data collection is everywhere  these days. From spellcheck to precision agriculture,  industries are improving their methods by recording everything they possibly can. Modern methods handily harvest amounts of data that put any dedicated fantasy sports enthusiast to shame.

How it works: a recent Wired article describes modern bikes which can quickly collect and transmit gigabytes of information regarding “suspension travel and brake pressure to oil temperature and engine control unit behavior.” This should help cyclists, who can optimize their performance, as well as bike makers, who can pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of their creations. The analytical software remains very expensive currently, but we all know how quickly technology can move from being an exclusive luxury to an easily downloadable app. It’s easy to imagine a near-future in which users can track their bike’s performance via their cellphone with nothing more than a quick trip to the iTunes store.

V2V

Biking can, of course, be dangerous. According to The Litigator, “motorcyclists in 2012 were 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic collision.” The industry realizes the importance of keeping its fan base healthy and happy. The NHTSA describes development of one very exciting piece of safety tech: vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

How it works: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) allows motorcycles to send data (see above) back and forth between each other, then warn drivers of imminent danger. Presumably, electronic devices would transmit information about speed, proximity, and trajectory to other vehicles. This helps bikers to watch out for the other guy. The industry stresses that personal data would not be collected or shared. One imagines this sort of information could help law enforcement to determine what happens in accidents, as well.

Hill Start Control

Starting on hill can be tricky for beginner cyclists. The web is filled with guides on how to improve hill start technique. BMW had a there’s-got-to-be-a-better-way moment and unleashed this bad boy in 2014. This should save bikers time and energy during those hilly moments they’ve got trek through on their way to the great plains.

How it works: Hill Start Control allows  the rider to effortlessly come to a stop on uphill slopes with the engine running without having to keep the brake lever pressed.” It works by storing pressure in back brake. This stabilizes the back and does away with the need for manual control while stopped on a hill. Cyclists living in valleys and other hilly areas will love this.

 

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