BMW Motorrad is working to improve motorcycling safety with the release of its R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype at the 2017 Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) Conference on Oct. 12 at BMW Welt in Munich.
In addition to a crossing and left-turn assistant, the R 1200 RS ConnectedRide features a large number of further systems designed to prevent accidents between motorcycles and passenger cars. Other traffic users who are about to disregard the right of way are warned as well as the motorcycle rider. This dangerous situation is detected and warning measures are initiated thanks to Vehicle to Vehicle Communication (V2V), based on a cross-manufacturer communication standard and extremely high-precision localization via D-GNSS (Differential-Global Navigation Satellite System).
The CMC Conference 2017 centered on the speeches by and the exchange of information with Pedro Barradas, the directorate general for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission (DG MOVE) and Dr. Ulrich Veh, security director of the European Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) as well as Antonio Perlot, secretary general of the European Motorcycle Manufacturers’ Association (ACEM).
Host and new CMC president Professor Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Head of Development BMW Motorrad, said, “Our aim is to promote the comprehensive use of cooperative safety systems for motorcycles at an early stage in order to exploit their potential for increasing safety as well as riding pleasure. This is why we are inviting other companies to join in.”
In 2016, the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) was founded by BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha with the aim of promoting Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) for motorcycles with as many cross-manufacturer standards as possible. The only cross-manufacturer consortium for motorcycle safety worldwide has been steadily gaining significance.