Technology to prevent blind spot crash

C650 GT and Sport maxi-scooters with an optional blind spot monitoring system

BMW Motorrad is the first manufacturer to introduced blind spot monitoring systems from cars to two wheels.

While it will never replace the shoulder check for vehicles in side lanes, it is designed to assist riders by providing an alert that there is a vehicle in there blind spot.

the technology has been around for about 10 years, starting Swedish safety-oriented car brand Volvo, and now spreading to many other brands and vehicles.

BMW will offer their Side View Assist (SVA) blind-spot monitoring system as an option in their C650 GT and Sport maxi-scooters.

C650 GT and Sport maxi-scooters with an optional blind spot monitoring system

The system uses four ultrasound sensors in the front trim and number plate carrier.

Within a speed range of 25 to 80km/h, SVA flashes warning triangles in the mirrors if there are other vehicles at a distance of up to 5m in the blind spots travelling at up to 10km/h faster or slower than the scooter.C650 GT and Sport maxi-scooters with an optional blind spot monitoring system

The BMW press releases warns that riders should still d a shoulder check and not rely solely on SVA.

“This system is only designed to assist the rider: it is not a substitute for looking in the rear mirror or looking over one’s shoulder and under no circumstances releases the rider from their responsibility and obligations.”

While we applaud technology that assists riders such as traction control and ABS, it is a concern if riders learn to rely on safety technology rather than learning to ride safely.

And it won’t really help with lane filtering which is gradually being introduced throughout Australia and the US as you should already know that you have passed vehicles in either lane!

The scooters also come with traction control and ABS. There is no word yet from BMW Motorrad Australia about when the new models will arrive and how much SVA will cost.C650 GT and Sport maxi-scooters with an optional blind spot monitoring system


  1. Safety systems can kill!
    Learning to ride or drive should be done with all the driver aides turned off and training should be done on skid pans and dirt.
    Once you learn how to drive or ride under those conditions you should always ride or drive as if those conditions are still in effect or be prepared for them to come into effect at any time!
    Why because safety systems fail, just like everything else.
    A corrugated road surface can trick ABS into turning off the brakes so you have none.
    Stability control can make things worse under some conditions like gravel roads or when towing a trailer.
    Ayrton Senna died due in part to ABS or rather his ability to drive at the ragged edge got used to ABS so he took it too far when it was banned.
    So becoming reliant on safety systems makes you a bad driver or rider and can kill you.

    1. It’s sensible to be aware of the limits of your safety systems, but they’re MUCH better than you give them credit for. ABS doesn’t EVER turn off the brakes so you have none. If you need stability control while towing a trailer, you’re already up the creek without a paddle through your own stupid over-driving. And Ayrton Senna died because his steering column had been cut and welded in a poor fashion, so it broke before the corner. It had NOTHING to do with ABS.

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