A RUSSIAN firm is developing a bike which it says will brake for you using radar to detect when other vehicles are too close.
The Molot is a heavily modified 2013 Honda Fireblade with an added Predictive Emergency Braking System (PEBS).
Maker Chak Motors says that if you get too close to a slowing car in front, the system will first warn you with a flashing light, then with vibrating handlebars. If you don’t react, it will increase the vibration and apply a small amount of braking pressure. If you still don’t get the message, it will ‘take control of your brakes and apply full pressure to stop the vehicle to avoid a collision’.
‘Giving that Molot has ABS you would not lose control of the bike,’ the firm’s website reassures us.
The system also has a ‘built in gyroscope, it detects any anomaly in vibration and control, which means when you enter an uncontrolled situation, Molot will disable throttle,’ according to the firm.
It's not all bad news: the automatic throttle shut-off feature can be disabled.
Chak Motors is a ‘Russian motorcycle company based in St. Petersburg, specializing in designing, producing custom, handmade motorcycles… founded by Igor Chak a Russian born American designer.’
The firm modestly describes the 2015 Molot as ‘the safest motorcycle in the world’.
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