Here we are offering some nuggets of technical information to inspire your interest and, with luck, stimulate your thoughts and questions.
Q. As a starter, why did we choose a C1 as our control system mule vehicle?
A. Simple. We could not afford a Panigale. Or at least we couldn’t afford to crash one!
We wanted to use a two wheeler, rather than a three wheeler, so that we knew the problems we had to solve would apply to all bikes – and so that people wouldn’t think we were cheating.
We needed something that had space and payload capability to carry the autonomy component and could position sensors high up – where they need to be to mimic the rider’s view. The C1 has a massive rear luggage shelf and a roof and windscreen with wipers (handy when you are using cameras…)
We wanted an automatic – so we wouldn’t have to worry about clutch and gear control (its been done before…). We would have liked an electric bike – it would have made speed control far easier but…
We needed a bike that could support the quite high electrical loads of the autonomy system and run for hours at a time without needing to be connected to a battery charger. The C1 has a nice big alternator.
We wanted ABS so that braking control would be less critical.
We figured that, if we were going to test autonomy with a passenger on board, we wanted a bike that provided a high degree of crash protection. For that, quite frankly, nothing comes close to the C1.