Motorcycles may soon get their own AI safety technology


Anyone who rides will tell you motorcycles offer a freedom that is simply unmatched by cars. The mix of speed and maneuverability is a combination that is too tempting to pass up for many Texans.

The tradeoff to the thrill of driving motorcycles are the risks to riders' safety. Motorcycles have a smaller profile, which means lower visibility to other drivers. Their two wheels have less traction and stability in bad weather conditions. Further, motorcycles offer almost no protection from the road itself and lack the protective cage and frame found in cars, trucks and other automobiles.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities occurred 28 times more frequently per mile traveled than car fatalities in 2016. But many motorcycle riders will tell you the thrill of the ride is well worth the risks.

Fortunately, computer technology designed to make cars safer could soon be found in motorcycles as well.

Several companies are adapting artificial intelligence (AI) safety technology to fit bikes. In the next couple of years, motorcycles may feature technologies like:

· Automatic braking - One of the earliest examples of AI safety in cars, automatic braking must be more subtle motorcycles. Because braking too fast can have catastrophic effects for a biker, the system needs to feature gradual speed changes to keep riders safe.

· Adaptive cruise control - Already a standard in many automobiles, adaptive cruise control automatically speeds up or slows down to avoid collisions while staying on cruise control.

· Driver alert system - These systems signal when a car has swerved into the driving lane or a sensor has picked up an object in the road. For motorcycles, the sensors may not need to be as complex because bikes are usually operating in good weather and road conditions. This makes them potentially cheaper and more reliable.

These are just a few of the examples of technology that may soon be available to motorcyclists to help them stay safe on the road.

Unfortunately, regardless of how safe you drive on your motorcycle, there's no accounting for other drivers. If you've been in an accident while on your bike, talk to us. Call today at 713-587-9668 for a free consultation. You may be entitled to reimbursement for damages or medical expenses.

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