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— Motorcycles

BMW dynamic brake light to protect motorcyclists from rear-end collisions

Emergency braking often entails the risk of ending up rear-ended by a following vehicle whose operator failed to analyze the situation soon enough. That can be particularly bad news for motorcyclists, so BMW Motorrad has enhanced its safety arsenal with the introduction of a dynamic brake light that is designed to better warn following traffic of the braking action taking place up front.

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— Automotive

Affordable, lightweight ceramic/aluminum brake rotors developed

When it comes to making cars more energy-efficient – whether they're battery- or gas-powered – getting their weight down is one of the best things you can do. Unfortunately, the cast iron brake rotors currently used in most vehicles are quite heavy. Lighter ceramic rotors certainly do exist, although their high price mostly limits their application to expensive sports cars. Soon, however, ceramic-coated aluminum rotors may be a cost-effective lightweight alternative for economy cars. Read More
— Motorcycles

Braking hard in a corner: BMW's lean angle-sensitive ABS Pro

When motorcycle ABS first came out, many riders (including myself) took a dim view of it - until we tried it, and realised just how incredible it was to be able to jam on the brakes fearlessly in the wet and on imperfect surfaces. But you still had to be careful putting the brakes on in a corner. Now, BMW has announced ABS Pro - the first lean angle-sensitive ABS system for a supersports bike, so road riders can brake safely, effectively and extremely quickly while the bike's leaned over. Read More
— Bicycles

Slidepad lets cyclists apply both brakes using one lever

Despite the fact that the majority of a bicycle's stopping power comes from the front brake, many novice and casual riders worry that if they apply that brake too hard, they'll go flying over the handlebars. As a result, to be on the safe side, they often only use the rear brake. It was for cyclists such as these that the Slidepad system was created. It allows both brakes to be applied with the squeeze of a single lever, in such a way that the front brake will never lock up on its own. Read More

Ford brings other cars' brake lights onto your dashboard

The Ford Motor Company recently tested its experimental “Electronic Brake Light” system, as part of the 4-year Safe Intelligent Mobility - Testfield Germany (simTD) joint industry research project. The technology causes a dashboard light to illuminate in your car, when a vehicle in front of you applies its brakes. Read More