Ducati has always been at the forefront regarding the safety of the rider. This has led the Bologna-based manufacturer to define its safety strategy until 2025. They have made the implementation of ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance Systems) on it's motorcycles as the basis of this strategy.

ARAS (Advanced Rider Assistance Systems)

Advanced Rider Assistance Systems increase rider safety levels via a number of sensors, including radars. These, in particular, are able to provide feedback on the surrounding environment. Which in turn helps to prevent possible collisions with obstacles or other vehicles by alerting the rider. Ducati started developing these systems as early as 2016. They are working in conjunction with the Department of Electronics, Information and Bio-engineering of the Politecnico di Milano University. The study has led to the development of a warning system based on a rear radar. It is able to identify and point out vehicles present in the blind spots. It is also capable of identifying traffic approaching at high speed from behind.

In 2017, the Italian manufacturers selected a primary technological partner to ensure system suitability for production. They positioned a second radar sensor at the front thus completing the package. This device will be able to manage a given distance to be maintained from the vehicle in front. It will also warn the rider of any risks of distraction-related head-on collisions. This together with an advanced user interface designed to alert the rider to any existing dangers. All this will be available on one of the Ducati models coming in 2020.

Safety Road Map 2025

The first step of Safety Road Map 2025 includes the progressive extension of Cornering ABS to the whole product range. This system enhances active braking ensuring top-level safety. The standard ABS prevents tyre grip loss during braking only when the motorcycle is travelling in a straight line. The more advanced Cornering version allows full braking grip control even when cornering. Therefore ruling out the risk of falling during the delicate corner-entry phase. Ducati has confirmed its safety strategy value by introducing the Bosch ABS Cornering system also in its Ducati Scrambler family. They have fitted it on the top-of-the-range version, the 1100.

Ducati Multistrada
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In 2014, Ducati introduced a motorcycle able to interact with the Airbag jacket, the Multistrada 1200 D|air. This system, now available on Ducati’s Multistrada 1260 D|air, is designed to deploy in just 45 milliseconds. It protects both the rider’s and passenger's exposed body parts by absorbing impact forces. This is achieved via an airbag expertly built into the rider's jacket by Dainese. The airbag is capable of split-second inflation before the rider and possibly passenger collide with the obstacle. It is also intelligent enough to differentiate between a potentially dangerous accident and a low-speed incident. Or a stationary motorcycle simply falling over.