BMW introduces dynamic brake light
- Posted by: Simon Wait
- Category: News
Braking and being seen by traffic behind is crucial for those on motorbikes, to help with this BMW Motorrad has developed a new dynamic brake light system as a component of the Strategy ‘Safety 360’. It is an improved method of informing following vehicles when a motorcycle in front of them is braking.
This additional brake light function, which is still limited to the EU / ECE area, warns following traffic in two stages when the motorcycle in front brakes hard or makes an emergency braking manoeuvre.
Stage one is activated when the motorcycle decelerates from speeds above 50 km/h. In this case the brake light flashes with a frequency of 5 Hz. As the motorcycle approaches standstill (< 14 km/h), the hazard warning flashers are also turned on in the second stage. These remain turned on until the motorcycle accelerates again to a minimum speed of 20 km/h.
This new brake light technology will be offered along with BMW’s ABS Pro which takes ABS braking to the next step, offering increased safety when braking in bends by allowing ABS-supported braking when banking. ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly; this reduces abrupt changes in steering force on shock-braking manoeuvres and stops the motorcycle from rearing up unintentionally. The benefits of ABS Pro to the rider are a sensitive response and a high level of brake and ride stability together with the best possible deceleration on bends.