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.