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Side View Assist enhances traffic awareness on BMW's C650 GT Maxi-Scooter

I've come to notice BMW is the Mercedes of motorcycles. They both have many new interesting features that make you think 'hmm, intredasting' and then you forget about them until 10, 15, maybe 20 years later those features end up in your Toyota Corolla or your Yamaha R6 [or maybe 30-35 years later on your Harley Land-yacht :)]
 

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If I had an idiot light (I presume it would tell me when I was near an idiot); it would be on nearly all the time, and I'd just ignore it. Now a light that told me 10 seconds before hand that an idiot was coming at me a 5 mph faster than I was traveling, I'd maintain and monitor. Go figure. Tom
 

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The article says it comes on when you turn the turn signal on, so it's not on all the time in traffic. Of course if you dont use the turn signals it would just never come on.
 

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It's something else to distract you from your riding.
True, but kinda cool if you need that kind of stuff. You should be aware enough all the time to know what's around you though.
 

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Exactly. On a bike, you cannot afford to have a fallible device trying to take care of you.

Last time I was riding on the freeway (on my V-Strom in this case), I was passing a left-lane squatter in the middle lane and noticed the little light lighting up on her RH mirror every time I entered her blind spot. It was an SUV of some sort; I don't recall which brand, other than it was black.

On those things, blind spot detection is probably a good thing if people will pay attention to it; but they have to actually look in those mirrors first.
 

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Exactly. On a bike, you cannot afford to have a fallible device trying to take care of you..
I'm afraid I have to agree. Everything mechanical and electronic breaks eventually. For the many thousand miles it will certainly work, it would be fantastic, I'm sure. But when it does break, you look and see the light is not on and change lanes right into/ under a truck.

Convenient, to be sure, but not something I'd want to put full faith in.
 
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