The Italian manufacturer Ducati has said that by 2020, one of its motorcycles will equip a front and rear-facing radar system called ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance System). It will focus on increasing the security of the rider and it will have many other systems. The ARAS will be able to respond to the surrounding environment and warn the rider to prevent possible clashes with obstacles or other vehicles. Ducati has started developing this latest riders safety system in 2016, and by 2020 a new model will be equipped with the system.
The latest security system is being developed with Politecnico de Milano University of Electronics, Information and Biological Engineering Department. The study has already led to the development of a warning system with a rear-facing radar. This warning system will be able to identify the vehicles present in the blind spot or other vehicles which will approach the motorcycle at a high speed from behind.
The Ducati has already been filed a patent application on the system control algorithm and a scientific publication was presented at the IEEE-Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) in California, USA on June 11-14, 2017. In 2017, Ducati selected the primary technological partner to develop the system and added another radar sensor at the front. This device will be able to manage adaptive cruise control, and will allow the rider to set a specific distance with the vehicle, and will warn the rider of any collision that will happen. In order to alert the rider from dangers on the path, the Ducati has designed an advanced user interface to include all these systems. The Ducati motorcycles which feature the ARAS will be available by 2020.