Motorcycles to get new onboard warning systems

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Motorcycles will get new onboard warning systems to tell the rider when he’s going too fast under proposals announced in Brussels today.

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The technology will tell the rider when he’s going into a bend too fast or exceeding the speed limit. A ‘frontal collision warning’ system will detect when the bike is too close to an obstacle.

On-road trials of the technology will begin by 2010 under the European Commission’s plans, which are backed by the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations.

The project, called Saferider, was unveiled at a motorcycle safety conference in Brussels this afternoon. Its aim is to “design and develop Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and In-Vehicle Information Systems” for motorcycles.

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Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell