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Sneak Peek: New Ducati Multistrada V4 With Adaptive Cruise Control

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Whether you like it or not, autonomous technology from the automobile world is on the way for our bikes. Several two-wheeled brands like KTM and BMW, have been in a race to be the first to equip their flagship models with adaptive cruise control. Now Ducati is announcing production of the Multistrada V4 has begun at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, while also providing a sneak peek of the new radar-equipped machine. If they beat their competitors to market, the Multistrada V4 will be the first motorcycle in the world to use front and rear radar technology. The new model marks a turning point for the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer and will be officially presented on November 4.

For the fourth generation of the Multistrada, Ducati has developed a new, light and compact V4 engine. The complete redesign made it possible to reach record-breaking maintenance intervals for the world of two wheels. All the details of this new engine will be revealed on October 15.

Ducati Multistrada V4 with Radar-based cruise control

Ducati brings the option of radar on production bikes, confirming what was anticipated for several years now. The adoption of these systems promises to be a true revolution for the world of two wheels, marking a new level of excellence in terms of comfort and riding assistance, especially on long journeys.


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Radar is an advanced aid system capable of supporting and making riding more comfortable thanks to the ability to sense objects surrounding the motorcycle. Ducati’s interest in this type of system dates back to 2016, when the Company worked in collaboration with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano to experiment with this type of system. This first experience has confirmed the applicability of this kind of technology to vehicles on two wheels, and has pushed Ducati to create a complete package of riding assistance using front and rear facing radar units developed and produced in close cooperation with Bosch and seeing its first application on the new Multistrada V4.

Ducati Multistrada V4 with radar technology

Each radar has compact dimensions (70 x 60 x 28 mm, similar to a modern action camera) and integrates perfectly into the bike, weighing only 190 grams (0.4 pounds).

The radar positioned in the front of the vehicle controls the operation of the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), which by means of controlled braking and acceleration automatically adjusts the distance (selectable on four levels) from other vehicles when riding at a speed between 30 and 160 km/h (18 and 100 mph). This car-derived system has been evolved and developed according to the dynamics and ergonomics of a two-wheeled vehicle. In particular, the authority of the system in terms of deceleration and acceleration has been limited in order to ensure the rider can maintain constant control of the vehicle in any situation. The system allows for more comfortable riding, especially on longer journeys.

Ducati Multistrada V4 with adaptive cruise control

The rear radar, on the other hand, is able to detect and report vehicles positioned in the so-called blind spot, i.e. the area not visible either directly by the rider or through the rear-view mirror. The BSD (Blind Spot Detection) system also signals the approaching from behind of vehicles at high speed.

To underline the technical-scientific value of the research project, carried out jointly by Ducati engineers and researchers and undergraduates from the Politecnico di Milano, a patent application relating to the control algorithms of this system was filed in May 2017. In June 2017, a scientific publication was presented at the IEEE – Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV) in Redondo Beach, California.

Stay tuned for more details on the new V4 Multistrada as more information is released by Ducati in the coming weeks!

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