This electric motorbike warns riders before collisions happen


Damon Motors, a Vancouver-based startup, is launching the Hypersport Pro, an entirely new kind of electric superbike that addresses the age old motorcycling problems of rider safety and comfort using AI and revolutionary sensory technology.

Using Damon's CoPilot™ technology, the Hypersport Pro employs radical innovations in sensor fusion and AI, including radar, cameras and non-visual sensors to track the speed, direction and velocity of up to 64 moving objects around the motorcycle.

To keep the rider's attention forward where it is needed most, CoPilot's forward collision warnings are delivered with patent pending haptic vibration in the grips. Blind spot alerts are delivered with amber LED lights at the left and right edge of the windscreen. Rear collision threats, which make up 11% of motorcycle accidents, are delivered to the rider with a bright white LED on the windscreen's edge, and are reinforced with high definition visuals on its 6" LCD display, which doubles as Hypersport's instrument cluster. Unlike collision warning systems found on modern cars, Damon's CoPilot™ intuitively monitors traffic in 360º, forming a bird's eye view of itself to anticipate the behaviour of cars, bicycles and other objects to alert the rider before it's too late.

The Hypersport Pro also uses Damon's Shift™ technology, which uses electronically adjustable ergonomics to enable riders to adapt to road and traffic conditions while in motion. At the push of a button, Hypersport's windscreen, seat, footpegs and handlebars move in unison to adjust the rider from a high-speed supersport position, to a comfortable sport-touring position, to full upright commuter position for dense city traffic.

According to Dom Kwong, Chief Technical Officer of Damon Motorcycles, "Exhaustive studies have shown that in almost half of motorcycle accidents, riders were found to have taken no evasive action before the impact occurred. So we know that riders need more warning time,"

Derek Dorresteyn, Chief Opperating Officer of Damon Motors also added that "for electric motorcycles to go mainstream, they have to outperform their ICE counterparts. By marrying all-electric high performance with rider aids like CoPilot and Shift, Damon will redefine the motorcycling experience."

Damon Motors plan to release the Hypersport Pro's performance specs on January 7 at CES and its class-leading advanced prototypes are set to hit the roads in mid 2020.



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