BMW Motorrad has just announced that it will offer Side View Assist as an optional upgrade for the new C 650 GT Maxi-Scooter. The new system functions as a blind-spot monitoring system. This is the first time that such a safety system is being offered on a two-wheeled vehicle.
The system utilizes four sensors. Two at the front and two at the rear of the vehicle. When another vehicle is detected by the sensors, a yellow triangle on the mirror on the corresponding side of the vehicle is illuminated. Incase the rider is still unaware and attempts to signal a lane change anyway, the system will then flash the triangle repeated to alert the rider.
This is a big step forward in terms of safety for two-wheeled vehicles but it comes as no surprise that such an advancement is coming from BMW Motorrad who has also pioneered other crucial safety innovations. ABS being just one of them.