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Ducati Announces the Multistrada V4 and Its Advanced Cruise Control

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An Innovative Feature

Ducati has been dropping small details about its new V4 engine that’s it is putting in the new Multistrada, but now the company has revealed that this new bike will also get adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring

This is a technology that several different manufacturers were working on. It’s cool to see a bike finally come out with the feature. It’s something that has been available on cars for years. 

Ducati achieves these new features by adding front and rear radar technology to the bike. These radars were developed in close cooperation with Bosch.

The new radar technology is not some goofy looking apparatus. It is integrated seamlessly with the rest of the motorcycle and each radar only weighs 190 grams. 


As you might imagine, the radar at the front is for the adaptive cruise control and the one at the rear is for the bike’s blind-spot monitoring.

The adaptive cruise control can be set for four distances from the car in front of you and is available to riders riding speeds 30 to 160 km/h (about 19 to 99 mph).

The system has been calibrated for use on a motorcycle so any of the inputs in terms of acceleration or deceleration are not so abrupt that they will disrupt the rider or cause him or her to lose control.

The blind spot monitoring will alert the rider to a car or other motorcyclist who is in their blind spot. This should help reduce accidents and make riding simply easier.

  1. Why???
    These features are completely unnecessary on motorcycles. I would even argue that they are down right dangerous! You need to stay sharp when on two weels, not more nannies to to rely on.
    Stop dumbing riders down, we are dumb enough as is.

    1. I think tech like this will make riders safer. People said similar things about ABS and now most riders agree it’s a good thing to have on a bike. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring works wonders on cars, and if implemented correctly it could be a truly helpful feature for bikes, too.

    2. It would be great if all of us were at the top of their game. I.E. well-rested, well-fed, with no distractions in your personal world. In reality that doesn’t always occur and that is when you are tired, need to make it home, and you do not really have all of your facilities at your disposal.
      I don’t think it is a bad idea to have the tech available to save your bacon when needed.

  2. Nice things but just more things to break. I am of the KISS thought process.
    Keep It Simple Stupid.
    Gadgets are great(if you know how to use them, I’m thinking of all the features on a VHS recording machine.) and maybe just a ploy to get the bike back into the shop for maintenance. Because it may work for a while until…. it doesn’t and the passing car surprises you….

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