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KTM has filed for patents that indicate the Austrian firm is about to jump on the radar-guided train with its own brand of advanced cruise control.

The patent images show a small capacity bare machine in the form of a 390 Duke, although the shape of the bike is not really the issue. Indeed, if KTM were to deploy this kind of technology on its production models, would they really do so for one of the cheapest machines in the range?

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What is more important with the patent is the nature of the sensor, its positioning on the bike and what is able to “see” and transmit to the central computer of the bike. It should also be noted that this is a forward facing mention of a warning system for the driver of vehicles approaching from behind.

We’ve seen KTM build a system for the bigger bikes in the lineup before, although until now we haven’t had a clue how it works. This new patent and the accompanying documents shed much more light on the subject.

Interestingly, the patent talks about a beacon and “at least one sensor” pointing at the KTM system possibly using a combination of radar and lidar to measure distances and recognize objects. The patent also explains how the field of view of the sensors is able to detect vehicles or pedestrians impinging on the side. This image is analyzed by the on-board computer and is either classified as problematic or critical, in this case, KTM plans to install an alert system to alert the pilot, a bit like the orange lights that we see on the mirrors of cars.

Collision warning systems aside, the rest of the tech seems to work pretty much the same as standard radar-guided cruise control: set speed, set distance to the vehicle in front of you, let the bike do the rest.


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