Motocycle industry VIP's come together to discuss future automation
The motorcycle industry may play an important role in the mobility of the future. Mr.
Yoshige Nomura, Operating Officer Motorcycles from Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and
new President of CMC highlighted the opportunities and the challenges of the
industry in the annual CMC conference, where CMC member’s top management
gathers every year. Philipp Habsburg, CTO of KTM AG who hosted the event at
their recently opened ‘Motohall’ at Mattighofen, Austria believes that CMC has
become a ‘brand’ in the automotive sector and a platform to challenge even a wider
variety of future challenges.
Demonstration in 2020 of working systems in action
The goal of CMC to define a Basic Specification for Motorcycle ITS is on its way
and the Consortium is planning a safety conference in 2020 to demonstrate the
results of their work. CMC believes that connectivity is a major contribution to
safety for motorcyclists. Since most accidents happen due to perception failure
from other vehicle drivers, connected services will warn drivers and riders of critical
situations. To foster deployment of motorcycle ITS systems, CMC proposes
standards and a technical framework.
Masaru Mamiya from Suzuki, who leads CMC’s Unification and Interoperability
Group, sees need for motorcycle specific standards and specification, since
motorcycles have a fundamentally different driving dynamics compared with cars.
Keynote speaker Peter Meckel from Asfinag in Austria, representing the European
C-Roads consortium promised that road operators will supply information to road
users including motorcycle riders. The traditional information via radio, Apps or
navigation systems is not enough to boost safety. Information should be in real time
and only a hybrid approach using ad hoc short-range communication together with
long range communication as a mix of traditional and new technologies will provide
real steps forward for road safety.
Today's sensor technology not ready for automated traffic
Christof Lischka, Executive Vice President Development and Felix Deissinger Head
of Motorcycle Safety, both from BMW Motorrad pointed out the challenges powered
two wheelers will face when road traffic will increasingly be automated. Today’s
onboard sensor systems for example, still are not fully capable to recognize
motorcycles under certain situations.
More future challenges ahead
Takuya Kinoshita CEO of Yamaha Motorcycle Operations at Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd.
in Japan and previous President of CMC believes that the industry needs to stretch
out beyond its own borders and work with all mobility stakeholders to safeguard
motorcycles into a new area of mobility. CMC needs to cooperate with other
consortia such as Car2Car Communication Consortium or 5G Automotive
Association to make sure requirements of Powered Two Wheelers are included in