Bologna, Italy
Bologna, Italy

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. is an Italian company that designs and manufactures motorcycles. Headquartered in Bologna, Italy, Ducati is owned by German automotive manufacturer Audi through its Italian subsidiary Lamborghini, which is all owned by the Volkswagen Group. Wikipedia.

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Motorcycle (1) comprising a frame (2) to which an internal combustion engine (3) is associated, from which internal combustion engine at least one exhaust pipe (6) of combusted gases departs, the exhaust pipe having an open terminal portion, said frame (2) being mounted on a front wheel (4) and a rear wheel (5), a control board or control unit (10) being included, for controlling the torque produced by the engine (3) and other parameters such as the velocity of the vehicle and the spatial position thereof with respect to the road surface, the motorcycle (1) comprising a system able to verify when the front wheel (4) of the motorcycle detaches from the road surface during an acceleration. The system comprises choke means (36) for partialising the section of the exhaust gases outlet area from said exhaust pipe (6), during said partialisation, the partialisation being obtained as a function of the torque produced by the engine (3) and of the position of said front wheel (4) with respect to said road surface.


"In the program's first year, we saw all of the racers who were mentored through the Race Smart program improve their results and race with confidence up Pikes Peak to the finish," said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America. "For 2017, we saw an opportunity to further enhance the safety of all participants by incorporating moto EMTs for rapid response in the case of a course incident. This is extremely important when the emergency support teams are covering a course of more than 12 miles up a mountain peak." Ducati partnered with the PPIHC in 2016 to create the Race Smart Program, utilizing the experience of former champions to ensure all registered motorcycle entrants, whether rookie or veteran, have the highest level of preparation and knowledge prior to race. The heart of the program is a team of seasoned rider coaches, titled the Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina (PPSA). For 2017, the PPSA returns with rider coach and all-time PPIHC course record holder, Carlin Dunne, joined by Cycle World Road Test Editor, Don Canet. Both riders will be mounted on Ducati Multistrada 1200 motorcycles. Paul and Becca Livingston also return as the Race Smart Program team managers, with experience fielding teams at the PPIHC since 2006, including Team Spider Grips Ducati's 2012 record-setting runs under 10 minutes. In addition to the two EMT motorcycles and rider coaches, the PPSA has also been expanded to include four-wheeled team coaches. Fred Veitch, veteran PPIHC racer and member of the Board of Directors for the Hill Climb, as well as the Competition, Driver Selection and Appeals committees, will join the PPSA team. He is joined by Jeff MacPherson, who has 50 years of competition experience, including the PPIHC, CART Indycar series, USAC Indianapolis 500, European Formula 3000 Championship, Formula Atlantic in North America, and the Pacific in New Zealand and Australia Formula Super Vee. Additional information about Ducati, including participating dealers and availability can be found at www.ducati.com. Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. - A Sole Shareholder Company - A Company subject to the Management and Coordination activities of AUDI AG. Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Situated in Bologna, the factory is located in the Borgo Panigale district. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, and Superbike. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in creativity and self-expression. These authentic icons of "made in Italy", together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries around the world. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati has participated in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ducati-expands-support-at-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-with-the-races-first-emt-motorcycles-300474998.html


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-3.6a-2015 | Award Amount: 9.61M | Year: 2016

ADAS&ME (Adaptive ADAS to support incapacitated drivers &Mitigate Effectively risks through tailor made HMI under automation) will develop adapted Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, that incorporate driver/rider state, situational/environmental context, and adaptive interaction to automatically transfer control between vehicle and driver/rider and thus ensure safer and more efficient road usage. To achieve this, a holistic approach will be taken which considers automated driving along with information on driver/rider state. The work is based around 7 provisionally identified Use Cases for cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles, aiming to cover a large proportion of driving on European roads. Experimental research will be carried out on algorithms for driver state monitoring as well as on HMI and automation transitions. It will develop robust detection/prediction algorithms for driver/rider state monitoring towards different driver states, such as fatigue, sleepiness, stress, inattention and impairing emotions, employing existing and novel sensing technologies, taking into account traffic and weather conditions via V2X and personalizing them to individual drivers physiology and driving behaviour. In addition, the core development includes multimodal and adaptive warning and intervention strategies based on current driver state and severity of scenarios. The final outcome is the successful fusion of the developed elements into an integrated driver/rider state monitoring system, able to both be utilized in and be supported by vehicle automation of Levels 1 to 4. The system will be validated with a wide pool of drivers/riders under simulated and real road conditions and under different driver/rider states; with the use of 2 cars (1 conventional, 1 electric), 1 truck, 2 PTWs and 1 bus demonstrators. This challenging task has been undertaken by a multidisciplinary Consortium of 30 Partners, including an OEM per vehicle type and 7 Tier 1 suppliers.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.4.1 | Award Amount: 8.25M | Year: 2011

Transport will probably experience its main revolution from the beginning of the industrial age. Developments around thermal engines meet technological limits and fossil origin fuel are more and more disparaged due to their worth impact on environment, climatic evolution and air or noise pollution in the cities. Research is lead in different ways from years to purpose alternative energies to fossil fuel. Electricity driving and hydrogen fuel cells are promising solutions, but are not largely commercialised yet. Furthermore, hydrogen fuel cells face several challenges which need to be overcome: reliability and life time of the fuel cell, distribution networks absence. MobyPost aims at implementing hydrogen and fuel cell technology at a middle level, based on an environmental respectful strategy, and including a significant experimentation which will enable to proof the viability of the technology and initiate its commercialisation in the field of market niches as material handling vehicles. MobyPost proposes to develop the concept of electric vehicles powered by fuel cells for delivery application and a local hydrogen production and associated refuelling apparatus from a renewable primary energy source, using industrial buildings to produce hydrogen by electrolysis, roofs of the buildings being covered of photovoltaic solar cells able to supply electrolysis. In contrast to most of the development strategies existing so far, MobyPost will implement low pressure solutions for hydrogen storage. The project will lay on experimentation of two fleets of five vehicles, on two different sites for postal mail delivery of La Poste. Development of vehicles and the two refuelling stations associated will be realized considering all certifications processes required in order to implement experimentation in real operating conditions, and taking in account very closely public acceptance towards solutions that will be implemented.


A system for monitoring atmospheric pollution, includes a mobile appliance fitted on a vehicle and a remote processing unit, the mobile appliance including a location unit for detecting geographic coordinates of the vehicle, an atmospheric sensor for detecting an atmospheric pollution value, a transmission unit for transmitting the geographic coordinates and the atmospheric pollution value, the remote processing unit including a receiving unit for receiving the geographic coordinates and the atmospheric pollution value, a processing unit for processing the geographic coordinates and the atmospheric pollution value for monitoring the atmospheric pollution inside a geographic area. The system further includes: a verification sensor; comparison elements between the atmospheric pollution value and a reference pollution value detected by the verification sensor, substantially in correspondence to the same geographic coordinates; signalling elements operatively associated with the comparison elements for signalling the need for a calibration of the atmospheric sensor of the mobile appliance.


Patent
Ducati | Date: 2015-04-29

Motorcycle comprising a frame with a median plane (W), one front wheel and one rear wheel, each wheel (1) comprising a hub (2) with its own longitudinal spindle (K) onto which is fitted a rim (3) carrying a tyre, said hub (2) being associated with a fork and at least one brake disc (4), said rim (3) being integral with a cylindrical portion (5) fitted onto said hub (2), the latter having at one of its first lateral ends (6) a protruding collar (7) located at a distance from a corresponding first end (8) of said cylindrical portion (5), the second end (9) of said hub (2) cooperating with a flange (10) also having a collar (11) located at a distance from a second end (12) of said cylindrical portion (5). Between said ends (8, 12) of the cylindrical portion (5) of the rim (3) and the above-mentioned collars (7, 11) of the hub (2) and of the flange (10) there are annular or cylindrical elastically deformable elements (13, 14) capable of absorbing stresses directed in lateral directions in relation to the median plane (W) of the frame.


Patent
Ducati | Date: 2014-06-16

The system (S) for the routing of data to computer networks comprises: a server unit (SRV) connected to a public network (I); a local area network (Prop. LAN 1, . . . , Prop. LAN m) having at least a client device (CL1, . . . , CLn); a routing unit (FW1, . . . , FWm) having a first network interface (eth0) connected to the public network (I) directly or indirectly through a local area network of third parties (3p LAN 1, . . . , 3p LAN m) and having a second network interface (eth1) connected to the local area network (Prop. LAN 1, . . . , Prop. LAN m); wherein to the first network interface (eth0) is assigned a public IP address or a private IP address determined by the local area network of third parties (3p LAN 1, . . . , 3p LAN m); and wherein to the local area network (Prop. LAN 1, . . . , Prop. LAN m) is assigned a predefined class of private IP addresses; wherein routing unit (FW1, . . . , FWm) comprises automatic routing means (VM0) of data between the server unit (SRV) and the local area network (Prop. LAN 1, . . . , Prop. LAN m) independently of the IP address assigned to the first network interface (eth0).


Patent
Ducati | Date: 2014-10-21

A motorcycle including a frame with a median plane, one front wheel and one rear wheel, each wheel including a hub with its own longitudinal spindle onto which is fitted a rim carrying a tyre, the hub associated with a fork and at least one brake disc, the rim integral with a cylindrical portion fitted onto the hub. The hub having at one of its first lateral ends a protruding collar a distance from a corresponding first end of said the cylindrical portion, the second end of the hub cooperating with a flange also having a collar located at a distance from a second end of the cylindrical portion. Between the ends of the rim cylindrical portion and the above-mentioned hub collars and the flange are annular or cylindrical elastically deformable elements capable of absorbing stresses directed in lateral directions relative to the frame median plane.


Patent
Ducati | Date: 2014-04-14

The wheel (1) for pedal-assisted bikes comprises:


A motorcycle including a frame to which an internal combustion engine is associated, from which internal combustion engine at least one exhaust pipe of combusted gases departs, the exhaust pipe having an open terminal, the frame mounted on a front wheel and a rear wheel, a control board or unit included, for controlling torque produced by the engine and other parameters such as velocity of the vehicle and spatial position thereof with respect to the road surface. The motorcycle including a system to verify when the front wheel of the motorcycle detaches from the road surface during acceleration. The system includes a choke for partialising the section of the exhaust gases outlet area from the exhaust pipe, during partialisation. The partialisation obtained as a function of the torque produced by the engine and the position of the front wheel with respect to the road surface.

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