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BMW dynamic brake light to protect motorcyclists from rear-end collisions

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The dynamic brake light is designed to warn following traffic of the emergency braking action taking place up front
The dynamic brake light is designed to warn following traffic of the emergency braking action taking place up front
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The dynamic brake light is designed to warn following traffic of the emergency braking action taking place up front
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The dynamic brake light is designed to warn following traffic of the emergency braking action taking place up front
The system activates when braking from a speed above 50 km/h (31 mph), flashing the brake light at a frequency of 5 Hz – when the decelerating motorcycle’s speed reaches 14 km/h (9 mph) the hazard warning lights are automatically turned on
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The system activates when braking from a speed above 50 km/h (31 mph), flashing the brake light at a frequency of 5 Hz – when the decelerating motorcycle’s speed reaches 14 km/h (9 mph) the hazard warning lights are automatically turned on
The 2016 R1200GS can be ordered with the optional Ride Modes Pro optional package that includes the dynamic brake light. Pictured is the just announced TripleBlack special model, with spoked wheels and a dedicated two-tone seat
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The 2016 R1200GS can be ordered with the optional Ride Modes Pro optional package that includes the dynamic brake light. Pictured is the just announced TripleBlack special model, with spoked wheels and a dedicated two-tone seat
The 2016 R1200GS Adventure will sport a range of special equipment features extended to include the banking-optimized ABS Pro and the dynamic brake light
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The 2016 R1200GS Adventure will sport a range of special equipment features extended to include the banking-optimized ABS Pro and the dynamic brake light
The dynamic brake light, as part of the Ride Modes Pro package, will be a standard feature for the 2016 K1600 model family
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The dynamic brake light, as part of the Ride Modes Pro package, will be a standard feature for the 2016 K1600 model family
The mental S1000XR adventure tourer can be optionally outfitted with the dynamic brake light for 2016
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The mental S1000XR adventure tourer can be optionally outfitted with the dynamic brake light for 2016
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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 system activates when braking from a speed above 50 km/h (31 mph), flashing the brake light at a frequency of 5 Hz – when the decelerating motorcycle’s speed reaches 14 km/h (9 mph) the hazard warning lights are automatically turned on
The system activates when braking from a speed above 50 km/h (31 mph), flashing the brake light at a frequency of 5 Hz – when the decelerating motorcycle’s speed reaches 14 km/h (9 mph) the hazard warning lights are automatically turned on

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.

Source: BMW

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6 comments
Mirmillion
An absolutely necessary item, particularly here in Vancouver. Flashing brake lights should be standard equipment. Another of the obvious issues is the size and placement of brake and emergency lights. This necessitates riders having to anticipate slow-to-react drivers and trying to keep out of their way. I can't wait for the day when automated automobile control systems can reliably detect quick car and motorcycle stops ahead. Moreover, I can't wait for the day when automated systems make it impossible to tail-gate, especially in the wet.
Bruce H. Anderson
This reminds me of the Cyber Light. Or perhaps a more recent product, the Vololight. Maybe this time it will stick.
godscountry
Great idea,buts lets save more MC riders from injury and death,lets see if we can incorporate white strobe lights, in such a way to allow MC riders to be better seen by other motorist's.How many MC rider's have heard this ?,I didn't see you.Well its true,it happens,lets save some lives.It works on reducing bus and car accidents.I truly believe are brains are conditioned to see other cars,sometimes tuning out other vehicles.
godscountry
Great idea,lets incorporate it with a white strobe lighting system,to warn other drivers,there's a motorcycle sharing the road with you.It works on school buses,lets saves some lives.
unklmurray
If you like bright Brake lights you should check out the "LUCID BRAKE"Light.....one of the best I've seen......
possum1
Add a pressure switch to the mix, light squeeze on the brake, slow flash, OMG squeeze on the brake and fast flash. Also like the turn indicators flashing as you cant have too many visual signals to alert the dozy driver behind you!