KTM files patent on what looked like RADAR integration

Last October, we reported about Ducati’s new Multistrada V4, one of the world’s first production motorcycle to be equipped with a radar-based collision detection system.

Just recently, KTM has filed for a patent of what seems to be a similar technology they plan on fitting on future models. What’s interesting though, is that the patent images depict a small KTM production model, most probably a Duke 390. Does this mean KTM will fit them high-end technology on mass-market models first?

Future KTM motorcycles could be RADAR-equipped imagePatent suggests front-mounted RADAR device

We may not have a definitive answer yet, but it certainly bodes well for motorcycle safety. It's clear manufacturers are working to make motorcycles a lot safer these days, thanks to the integration of technologies that make cars safe.

Future KTM motorcycles could be RADAR-equipped image

These systems (which are fitted on cars like Volvos, Fords, Mercedes-Benzes, Subarus, and Nissans) scan the road ahead (or behind) for other vehicles. If it senses that a vehicle is too close, it will warn the driver through warning lights and audible sounds. If the rider does not react, it will apply the brake at the last possible second to attempt to avoid a collision.

This system, commonly found in many high-end cars, was reconfigured to work with the dynamics of a modern motorcycle. Brands like BMW and Harley-Davidson are also working on similar systems but have yet to officially offer it on their models.