The Ducati Multistrada has been radar verified in North America. What does that mean exactly? Dog fighting motorcycles? Goose, they are on our six! Goose, where’d you put that darn Polaroid camera?
No nothing quite so exciting but none-the-less a safety enhancement that will eventually turn up on other Ducatis. the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S came to North America with a radar system installed but not activated and with this announcement buyers can go back to the dealerand ask for the system to be upgraded and activated. The pointy bits are housed in a black box between the headlights and another near the taillight.
What does it all do? We will let Ducati explain:
The Multistrada V4 S’s radar technology is an advanced rider aid system that manages two functions: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD). The ACC is perfectly integrated into the bike, which by means of controlled braking and acceleration automatically maintains the distance (selectable on four levels) from other vehicles. The ACC system allows for more comfortable riding, especially on long highway journeys. The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) technology, housed under the taillight, can detect and report vehicles approaching in the so-called blind spot, namely the area not visible either directly by the rider or through the rear-view mirror. The BSD system monitors traffic behind the rider and displays a rider warning thanks to the LEDs positioned in the rear-view mirrors. If the user activates the direction indicator expressing the intention to change lane, the BSD flashes the LED signalling a potentially dangerous condition.
Now, if there are any target acquisition capabities for slow traffic in the fast lane Ducati says nothing about it…