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Honda develops lane assist, patent drawings revealed

Honda has filed patent drawings for a rider assist that helps keep the bike in its lane.

“Lane assist” is now commonplace in modern cars, but less common on bikes. In part, this is due to motorcycle and car culture. Motorcycles are mostly ridden by people who somehow agree with motorcycle culture, while cars are mostly driven by people who need a car to get around.

That’s why electronic aids that prevent the person holding the handlebars from actually riding the motorcycle are commonly avoided by manufacturers who don’t want to lose their core enthusiasts.

It’s also why self-driving technology hasn’t made much progress in the two-wheeler world. It can also be said that the size of the motorcycle market compared to the car market (especially in the Northwest of the world) leads to more people working in the auto industry and more people generally means greater technological advancement.

As an example of this, we can look to racing. Massimo Rivola worked for his F1 team at Ferrari, but was not a particularly famous figure in the sport. At the same time, Davide Brivio worked for Suzuki’s MotoGP team and was considered one of the top team managers in the Grand Prix paddock.

Until 2019, Aprilia’s MotoGP team manager was Romano Albesiano, engineer and RS-GP project leader. Albesiano’s dual purpose at Aprilia meant that the bike’s development struggled, as did the relationship between the factory and riders. They lost faith in Sam Lowes almost immediately in 2017, and it was a similar story with Scott Redding in 2018.

When Rivola arrived at Aprilia in 2019, he changed their fortunes as he arrived as manager, freeing Albesiano to focus more on RS-GP engineering. That was three years before him, and now Aprilia is a race-winning, title-contending bike.

After Albesiano arrived in Aprilia in 2019, there was a winter before the Covid pandemic postponed the start of the 2020 season. Suzuki won the MotoGP World Championship that year, making it Brivio’s final MotoGP season. He headed to his F1 team at Alpine in his 2021 season and won Hungary with Esteban Ocon. However, the team has not progressed since then. This year has not been better than last year and in the last two weeks he has lost both his two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso and his 2021 F2 world champion Oscar his Piastri.

In other words, the influence of MotoGP’s Davide Brivio on F1 is far less significant than the influence of F1’s Massimo Rivola on MotoGP. Aprilia is a title contender, Alpine is stagnant.

When it comes to road technology, we can say that there are similar differences between two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles. This isn’t necessarily because the people who design bikes aren’t smart, but because engineers at a major motorcycle his manufacturer work in smaller teams than engineers at a major automaker, and financial constraints Because there is also

Top-level sports bikes cost tens of thousands of pounds, while top-level sports cars cost hundreds of thousands.If a Ducati were as expensive as a Ferrari it wouldn’t sell.

So we need to keep motorcycle technology affordable so that people can buy it.

Now let’s get back to self-driving technology on the road. It lags behind automobiles due to lack of funding and lack of interest.

However, we do know that Honda has plans for autonomous driving technology with self-balancing and steering assist in the pipeline, and Yamaha recently announced its third investment in autonomous technology.

According to Motorcycles News, Honda is now filing patent drawings for a “lane assist” for motorcycles.

The system is designed to fit the triple clamps of Honda’s entire range of bikes, not just big long distance bikes like the NT 1100 or Africa Twin.

For the lane assist system to work, Honda has to install a camera and radar on the bike, and a torque sensor is used to measure steering input from the rider on the handlebars. According to Motorcycles News, the torque sensor will allow the system to determine whether the input was actively applied by the rider or caused by bumps in the road.

Patent drawing image courtesy of Motorcycles News.

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