BMW dynamic brake light to protect motorcyclists from rear-end collisions
Emergencybraking often entails the risk of ending up rear-ended by a following vehicle whoseoperator failed to analyze the situation soon enough. That can be particularly bad news for motorcyclists, so BMW Motorrad has enhanced its safety arsenal with the introduction of a dynamic brake lightthat is designed to better warn following traffic of the braking action taking place up front.
BMWMotorrad established the Safety 360 principle in 2012, integrating several relevantfeatures under a common marketing element. Motorcycle safety is served throughthree distinct points: vehicle technology, rider equipment and rider training. Thedynamic brake light adheres to the first point, incorporating a technology derivedfrom the company’s automobile division.
This brakelight function works in two stages, warning the following traffic when themotorcycle in front makes an emergency braking manoeuvre. The system activateswhen the motorcycle brakes from a speed above 50 km/h (31 mph), flashing thebrake light at a frequency of 5 Hz, or five on-off cycles per second. Thesecond stage comes into play when the decelerating motorcycle’s speed reaches 14 km/h (9mph), as the hazard warning lights are automatically turned on and remain sountil a minimum speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) is reached again.
The dynamicbrake light is provided in tandem with ABS Pro, an advanced system supporting thebraking process while the motorcycle rolls into a corner. Both these safetyfeatures are part of the Ride Modes Pro package, which will be available as an optionfor the 2016 R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and S1000XR models and as a standardfeature on the K1600GT, GTL and GTL Exclusive luxury tourers.
Initially thepackage will be limited to European models, unfortunately with no information yetregarding availability to other markets.