Automobile technology is rapidly advancing. We have smartphones, smart TVs, and smart vehicles, and now there are motorbike safety technology advancements that will make your favorite mode of transportation safer than ever before. A number of new motorbike safety measures work together to keep the rider safe. Let’s take a look at some examples of how technology is improving in modern day motorcycles.
Airbag Riding Safety Gear
In cars and trucks, airbags are standard equipment, but they are not always available on motorcycles. Airbag-equipped riding gear, such as jackets, vests, and full-body suits, is now available. The airbag apparel is equipped with a digital system that detects when an accident is approaching, and the bags deploy in milliseconds. This type of technology has already been used in motorsports circles, but it is now becoming more widely available to the general public.
Anti-Locking Brakes Systems (ABS)
Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) use sensors to detect when your wheels are about to lock up during braking, and they work to prevent it by reducing and reapplying pressure numerous times per second. ABS systems are life-saving devices. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the rate of fatal crashes for motorcycles with ABS is more than 30% lower than for motorcycles without the braking systems. In addition, cornering ABS is now standard on a growing number of motorcycles. These systems make use of technology to help keep the motorcycle stable during tight turns and emergency circumstances.
Due to their low light output, headlights have always been a weak spot for motorcycles. When approaching dark corners, low beam motorcycle headlamps do not adequately illuminate the road ahead. Adaptive headlights, which come standard on some motorcycles, use electronic sensors to rotate the headlights when the bike is turning. As a result, rather than blazing straight ahead, the beam now shines in the direction the bike is heading.
Tire Pressure Safety Monitors
Low tire pressure can cause your bike’s tires to become unresponsive, increasing the danger of an accident. Electronic tire pressure indicators, which alert you when it’s time to add air to your tires, are becoming more common on motorcycles. Even with this technological advancement, it is still a good idea to check the air pressure before a lengthy trip.
Most bikes require the rider be able to shift gears and operate a clutch. Because nearly all passenger vehicles in the United States have automatic transmissions, this could be a deterrent to new riders. Several motorcycle manufacturers are releasing models that have an automatic clutch and shift system.