Thanks to our beautiful weather, we get motorcyclists all year round here in Florida. Unfortunately, all across the United States, motorcyclists die in collisions with other vehicles. In fact, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. Ford is working on a new technology that could help make motorcyclists safer.
This technology, which is not in official production, would add a safety measure to vehicles that would help them detect lane-splitting motorcycles. Lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic, it is also called white-lining. This maneuver can be dangerous and is illegal in Florida along with many other states. It is, however, legal in California, and not specifically outlawed in 12 other states.
Autoblog discovered a patent filed by Ford titled, “Detection of Lane-Splitting Motorcycles.” This technology would use a camera and sensor system to look out for motorcyclists and would warn the driver if it detects any lane-splitting riders.
This technology would be relatively easy to incorporate into the modern Ford lineup since it utilizes existing sensor technology that is already present in many models. It would also help drivers who aren’t usually on the lookout for motorcycles riding up between by warning them of their presence.