In the past several weeks that we’ve been fed of very few details about Ducati’s upcoming Multistrada V4. Its engine is set to make a debut on October 15 followed by the Multistrada V4’s official debut on November 4. However, the House of Borgo Panigale dropped a bombshell of a scoop about one of the motorcycle’s most prominent features. The new Multistrada V4 will officially be the world’s first motorcycle equipped with front and rear radar technology that will be used for adaptive cruise control and blind-spot detection.
Standard cruise control is nothing new in the motorcycle industry yet, several manufacturers including BMW and Kawasaki have been trying to up the ante into developing adaptive cruise control specifically designed for motorcycles. Little did we know that Ducati has already beaten them in the race with the development of the new technology.
As far back as 2018, Ducati already announced the introduction of radar technology by 2020. When the first reports about the new Multistrada V4 came out earlier this year, we were only given a vague idea of how it would be used in some sort of rider safety feature. Now, the system would be integrated into its new adaptive cruise control technology. The new Ducati Multistrada V4 would have a pair of radars with one positioned at the front of the bike, and the other at the back.
The front radar will underline its adaptive cruise control system which would modulate its speed while keeping the desired distance with the vehicle in front. This would eliminate the rider’s need to adjust their own speed while cruise control is on. Meanwhile, the rear radar would detect vehicles from behind and detect vehicles from the blind spot alerting the rider of any possible collision.
At this point in time, Ducati’s new adaptive cruise control might only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the rest of the Multistrada’s tech and additional features. Yet, it is still considered as a massive leap forward when it comes to tech and safety for motorcycles. Ducati has already begun production of the new bike even before its official debut. We’ll have to wait until November 4 before Ducati reveals the rest of its specifications and features.