Our world is changing and growing with intellectuals trying to make things better. You will agree that technology has moved life forward towards ease, convenience, and safety.
In our world today, we have smartphones, smart cars, as well as smart motorcycles. Due to recent developments in motorcycle technology, you can expect safer, smarter, and more user-friendly bikes than ever before.
For motorcyclists, this is the best news ever. So, what exactly are these advancements? Keep reading to find out.
Airbag motorcycle clothing
Cars always have airbags, unlike motorcycles. The airbag is a protective device deployed to form a shield around the body when it senses an accident or collision. Usually, jackets, pants, gloves, shoes, and vests reduce the trauma of collision or impact on the motorcyclist. In recent times, motorcycle clothing has been made with an airbag to protect motorbike riders from severe injuries during a crash.
Other features of the ingenious and advanced safety clothing include waterproof exteriors and coldproof linings, sensors for environmental and weather factors, and algorithms to detect a possible crash.
A helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment a motorcyclist can own. The regular helmet protects the head snugly and allows for good vision. As an advancement, the smart helmet has crash detection technology, emergency buttons, improved sun and glare protection, Bluetooth technology, GPS, voice commands, video recording, and so on.
The features mentioned can be fun but also distracting. It is essential to understand the difference between enjoyment and safety when choosing a helmet. And when riding with these advanced helmets, ensure to choose safety over fun by focusing on the road.
In time past, some manufacturers made motorcycles with small headlights or no headlights at all. And these small headlights produced low beams that were insufficient while riding in the dark or turning corners.
With the advanced technology, better headlights use sensors that dictate when a higher or lower beam is needed. Just like the automatic brightness setting on smartphones, the adaptive headlight understands when to shine, how much brightness is needed, and in which direction. Adaptive headlights have increased motorcyclists’ visibility and helped them with better signaling and maneuvering.
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology
The vehicle-to-vehicle technology has been in use in automobiles like cars. It is a wireless technology that allows sharing of information such as position, speed, direction, and so on between vehicles. Accidents between larger vehicles and motorcycles are usually because the latter doesn’t see the former coming. Introducing V2V to motorcycles will reduce accidents due to any form of the obscurity of a motorcycle from sight.
Anti-lock brake system
Recently, most motorcycles have been equipped with an anti-lock brake system that uses sensors to prevent the lockup of brakes. Brake lockup is due to a defective component, overheating, or wrong brake fluid. When a brake system locks, the tires lose their grip on the road and can cause accidents.
The anti-lock brake technology helps the motorcycle maintain stability, prevent falling, and consequently prevent accidents.
These technological advancements do not just sound and feel fabulous, but they are making riders better at what they do. At the same time, these advancements are making motorcycle riding safer than it used to be.
However, you should be careful not to totally rely on these new technologies as they can malfunction at any time.