“Lane assist” technology on the way?


Honda has filed a series of design drawings that confirm it is working on a driver assistance system that aims to make the bike safer.

Honda Lane Assist

With the recent introduction of radar-assisted cruise control on a whole host of fat bikes, it seems like the obvious next step is a lane assist system. And that’s exactly what these Honda patents filed in Japan in detail.

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Of course, the technology is not new. It’s been a standard feature in cars for years, but with motorcycle technology often taking a few years to catch up, it looks like we might be about to see it on the next generation of bikes. In cars, the systems often work by monitoring white lines in the road, using cameras or sensors to look ahead or at the piece of tarmac just in front of the wheels. It will then trigger an alert if you start to drift. If you use an indicator, the system will be temporarily disabled. Simple. There are also slightly more sophisticated systems that will smoothly correct any drift, and there are also very clever lane-centering systems that require very minimal driver input.

Honda Lane Assist

Honda’s design falls somewhere in the middle. He is able to counter-steer very briefly to introduce a change of direction (whether to stay in the right lane or to avoid danger), but he never fully takes over. It handles this through a system that includes front radar and a camera to keep tabs on white lines and traffic ahead, plus an actuator that monitors changes in magnetic flux to determine if the driver is making steering – and, if necessary, there is an electric motor that can make its own inputs.

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It’s a crazy piece of kit that many of you will probably hate the sound of. But the good news is that the patents show that if there’s input from the pilot and he makes a move on purpose, he won’t try to stop you – and if you resist his corrective countersteer, he will stop. to try. Whether we’ll see this exact technology anytime soon remains to be seen, but with Honda’s plans to halve car and motorcycle deaths over the next eight years, it’s likely we’ll see a lot more of these systems. driver assistance. very soon.

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Marc Lancaster
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