Piaggio Fast Forward develops sensors for rider assistance features

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Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF), the Boston-based robotics company controlled by Piaggio Group, has developed new sensor technology to be used not only in consumer and business robots. but also in scooters and motorcycles.

Founded in 2015 by the Piaggio Group, PFF began developing a custom radar sensor module for use first in Piaggio Group motorcycles and scooters such as the Vespa brand and Moto Guzzi. The group's intention is to provide the technology to other companies in the future.

PFF’s hardware-software modules offer monitoring in all environmental and lighting conditions. Along with 4D imaging technology, the safety sensors will be fitted to the group's motorcycles with Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS).

The PFF modules use Vayyar’s mmWave 4D imaging Radar-on-Chip (RoC) sensor. It enables multiple ARAS functions such as Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with a single sensor supporting a range of over 100 meters, and an ultra-wide field-of-view.


ARAS applications are on the front line of the battle to prevent collisions and protect motorcycle riders. ARAS technology includes driver assist functions, and addresses other motorcycle safety challenges such as size constraints and seamless vehicle maneuverability at high-tilt angles.

PFF robots incorporating the radar technology are expected to be released at the end of 2021, with Piaggio Group motorcycle models equipped with the PFF sensor module launching in 2022.

Photos from  Piaggio Group

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