Honda Africa Twin to be updated with Tesla cars-like front camera

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Honda Africa Twin to be updated front camera (Image: motorradonline) […]

Honda Africa Twin to be updated front camera (Image: motorradonline)

Honda is developing a new update for its popular big-displacement adventure touring model, Africa Twin. As part of the new update, the upcoming ADV is set to receive updates that include a new camera at the front end which would be used for traffic monitoring and providing data to active rider aids.

As per fresh details revealed through the patent images, the new camera (mounted on the snout) of the adventure bike would function as one found in a smartphone using instead of a lens with variable focus and zoom. The company has also gone a step ahead and patented its own mount for the bike camera that could be seen placed right under the LED headlights on the motorcycle. This mount has been designed to protect the camera from road debris such as stones that could be aplenty, especially when hitting the trails less travelled.

Digging deeper into the patent images shows that the new front camera on the bike isn’t fixed in position in the mount, but instead suspended, and thus protected from vibrations. While this mount patent is specific to Honda’s flagship adventure offering, it may also be introduced in other road-biased models (including Honda GoldWing) in the future, albeit there is no official confirmation yet.

The new camera technology on the Honda Africa twin will be different from other OEMs that make use of Radar and Lidar as part of their safety tech since it offers light perception like brake lights, similar to what Tesla uses in its car cameras.

The motorcycle may make its debut by November 2022, at the upcoming EICMA in Milan, Italy.

More details on the new Africa Twin will be revealed soon.

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