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News Let’s Talk – Honda, BMW and Yamaha to Colloborate on Motorcycle Connectvity

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' started by NetriderBot, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. Three of the biggest players in the motorcycle world, BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha have announced a joint initiative – called the Connected Motorcycle Consortium – that will work towards enhancing what is known as Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) for use in motorcycles.

    According to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, with C-ITS vehicles communicate with each other and/or with roadside infrastructure, greatly increasing the quality and reliability of information available about the vehicles, their location and the road environment.

    Basic applications of ITS currently exist in GPS navigation systems, where real-time traffic information is provided such as rerouting advice based on traffic jams ahead. For road transport in particular, interoperable networked wireless communication between vehicles can enable road users to make coordinated and informed decisions about their route as well as allowing safer maneuvering in busy urban environments.

    According to the three partners for this announcement, ITS systems designed for cars cannot simply be transferred to motorcycles. Due to the limited space available, electronic systems have to be smaller and be resilient to water, dust and vibration. Since motorcycles exhibit different driving dynamics, software development and algorithms need to consider special requirements.

    “Our aim is to promote a timely and comprehensive use of cooperative ITS systems in powered-two wheelers offering the potential to improve safety. We therefore encourage other companies to join us,” explains Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Executive Vice President Development BMW Motorrad.

    The plan is for all three manufacturers to feature C-ITS systems on their bikes by 2020.


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  2. BMW, Honda and Yamaha are forming an alliance for working together on a system that will enable two-wheel vehicles to communicate with each other and with transport infrastructure.

    The Connected Motorcycle Consortium will allow the companies to pool their considerable resources and for other manufacturers to sign up in order to bring powered two-wheel vehicles up to technological speed with their four-wheel counterparts.

    The companies will be co-developing a cooperative intelligent transport system (C-ITS) – in other words a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system – especially adapted for motorbikes and scooters.

    "In order to speed up more motorcycle-specific safety developments, we intend to cooperate to promote a successful implementation of C-ITS in motorcycles and scooters," said Tetsuo Suzuki, operating officer at Honda Motor Co, Ltd.

    Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems will improve safety and security and will allow cities to effectively manage their road infrastructure in real time. One of the biggest accident risks for a motorcyclist is being caught in a motorist's blind spot and becoming invisible.

    But if every vehicle is constantly broadcasting its position to other road users, then such collisions could soon be a thing of the past.

    Implementation is already underway in cars but thanks to their size and issues such as vibrations and exposure to the elements, current systems can't simply be fitted straight on to a motorbike.

    "Our companies are already active members of the Car2Car Communication Consortium," said Yamaha Motor Co executive vice-president Takaaki Kimura.

    "We came to realise that the specific requirements of motorcycles are beyond the scope of this consortium, however. The next logical step is to enter into a cooperation dedicated solely to the challenges relating to powered two-wheelers."

    In 2014, Europe's leading bike makers committed in principle to bringing ITS systems to their vehicles by 2020 and it's hoped the creation of Connected Motorcycle Consortium will serve as a catalyst for accelerating the process and overcoming obstacles.

    "Our aim is to promote a timely and comprehensive use of cooperative ITS systems in powered-two wheelers offering the potential to improve safety. We therefore encourage other companies to join us," said Prof Dr Karl Viktor Schaller, executive vice-president development BMW Motorrad. — AFP Relaxnews

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