Honda Patents Blind Spot Monitors for Motorcycles

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Honda has filed a patent for a warning system that will notify a rider of approaching vehicles such as a car in a blind spot. The system would use a combination of cameras and millimeter wave radar to detect objects such as other vehicles and provide visual and tactile warnings if a rider attempts a turn or lane change in the same direction.

The sensors maintain a constant 360-degree scan of a motorcycle’s surroundings, detecting when vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles are approaching. When the rider activates a turn signal to indicate a lane change or turn in the same direction as an obstacle, the system provides some tactile feedback by adding resistance to the turn signal switch.

honda patents blind spot monitors for motorcycles

The patent also calls for a visual indicator showing where the obstacle is relative to the motorcycle. The indicator will either be built into a bike’s instrument panel or be a separate device that can be mounted to the upper triple clamp, making it easier to produce as an optional accessory.

honda patents blind spot monitors for motorcycles

The patent also describes a number of small haptic feedback motors (like the ones that make your smartphone vibrate when you type) that can be mounted to a handlebar grip, foot peg, seat cushion or a fuel tank’s knee dents (illustrated by the dashed ovals in the diagram above). These motors can create small vibrations in the direction of a detected object, providing a tactile warning.

Honda used a VFR1200F for the patent illustrations, but the technology can be adapted for other models.

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