Less Devil more Care with Piaggio’s Scooter ADAS

The devil-may-care image of the city scooter, that has persisted since the 1953 movie Roman Holiday, could be nearing its end thanks to ADAS technology.

While those of us old enough to want to re-enact the helmet-less dash through Rome that Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn epitomized, safety experts will be applauding Piaggio’s latest radar technology it plans to introduce to the two-wheeled market. Its robotics wing, Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF), has developed miniature sensor technology for implementation consumer and business robots that can be fitted scooters and motorcycles.

Its radar-on-chip units, made under license by Vayyar Imaging and claims the deployment of the industry’s first 4D imaging radar-based motorcycle safety platform. The complete sensor package is planned for mass production in Piaggio motorcycles’ advanced rider assistance systems (ARAS).

The system claims to address the additional motorcycle-specific challenges such as size constraints and vehicle maneuverability at high-tilt angles. Modules functions include blind spot detection, lane change assist and forward collision warning with a single sensor supporting a range of more than 110-yards and a wide field-of-view. Robots incorporating the radar technology are expected to be released at the end of 2021, with Piaggio motorcycle models equipped with the sensor module launching in 2022.

Greg Lynn, CEO at Piaggio Fast Forward, said: “PFF is creating advanced technology products for robots and motorcycles that detect and measure objects in our surroundings to provide the information we need for mapping, object detection, and control, regardless of lighting, weather and other environmental factors.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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