KTM Demonstrates Adaptive Cruise Control & Blind Spot Detection

Aug 29, 2018 View Comments by

KTM Adaptive Cruise Control & Blind Spot Detection

KTM recently demonstrated its Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) systems, making it the first motorcycle manufacturer to do so. Both features use sensors to detect and prevent imminent collisions. Prototype systems were recently unveiled to the media on a modified KTM 1290 Super Adventure S, before being demonstrated at the ÖAMTC driving technique center in Marchtrenk, Austria. When cruise control is in use, ACC can detect another vehicle (as small as a motorcycle) ahead, and then maintains a following distance of two seconds by overriding throttle control and, if needed, gentle brake application. The system, which is still in development, will add the ability for riders to customize following distance and speed. When fully developed, ACC should be able to respond faster than any rider. 

A motorcycle’s blindspots are usually checked by riders by looking away from the road ahead, which can be dangerous. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) adds another set of electronic “eyes.” BSD alerts riders to potential side or rear collisions (such as when changing lanes) by visual warning on the TFT display and illuminating LEDs in the rearview mirrors, plus an audible signal.

Gerald Matschl, Vice President for KTM Research & Development, personally demonstrated the systems’ effectiveness to journalists by riding an ACC- and BSD-equipped 1290 Super Adventure S without using his right arm and leg on the controls. “We have a lot more development and many thousands of kilometers to test these systems in the real world before we can implement them on series production bikes,” he said, “but they are coming in the near future and we are sure they will make a difference.” KTM announced that these safety features will be offered on certain models starting in 2021.

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