According to reports from various motorcycling publications, Honda is developing a new safety feature for its motorcycles. The company is working on an accident detection system that will be able to contact emergency services, and is said to be more sophisticated and intelligent than current systems.
If you own an Apple Watch or iPhone, it's possible that you activated the device's crash detection feature while out riding. Some people, especially those who don't remain current by watching the most recent Keynotes from Cupertino, may have been astonished when this feature was originally shown off in the most recent iOS release. But, for individuals who enjoy extreme sports or, in our instance, motorcycle riding, this is a crucial characteristic to take into account.
Yet, it is said that Honda's upcoming feature is more clever. For instance, if there are any sensors on the bike, phone, or even Bluetooth headset, the system will use them. Three devices' data provides a "better resolution" than what the market currently has to provide, and can therefore give first responders important information if extra care is required. Depending on the data gathered, the information provided by these sensors can alert rescue workers whether a crash was minor or serious.
Via the bike's existing lean sensors, the system will initially determine whether there was a tip-over. Even some of Honda's more inexpensive motorcycles have an automated lean sensor that is intended to turn the engine off in the unfortunate case that the bike tips over. But before dropping into even the most routine parking lot, the bike will check with the next sensor in its array—the cellphone. The technology will also be able to indicate the distance between the rider's helmet and phone. When all three of these elements are absent—the bike is on the ground, the phone is not in use, and the Bluetooth device is either inside the helmet or on it—the system will fail.
Although the system is now only being patented, if it ever moves past the development and testing stage, we hope to see it on Honda motorcycles. That will undoubtedly be a fascinating addition to the expanding collection of safety measures that are being crammed into two-wheelers. If and when this tech hits the market, we can expect to find it in the brand's flagship models such as the Africa Twin adventure bike, or the Gold Wing tourer.