‘For the first time in the history of the motorcycle industry, so many organizations came together to pursue one common goal – “Together for rider Safety”!’, Mr. Christof Lischka, current CMC President and Head of Development at BMW Motorrad, stressed the fact, that the motorcycle industry works actively together with car makers to improve safety of motorcycle riders.
Connectivity Systems (V2X) between motorcycles and other vehicles, most likely cars, as well as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), are key technologies which will increase rider safety significantly in the coming decade.
Hennes Fischer, spokesperson of CMC and Senior Adviser at Yamaha Motor Europe, explains: ‘We see V2X connectivity as an additional sensor for ADAS systems. The combination of both technologies is promising and we expect contribution of these technologies to make riding safer.’
CMC demo event to showcase it all
CMC was initiated in 2015 and was proud to show the results of its years-long research culminating in a Demo event at the modern facilities of the Dekra Technology Center, at the Lausitzring near Dresden, Germany on 14th and 15th September 2023.
Visitors were updated about how frequent accident scenarios between cars and motorcycles could be avoided by means of Connectivity Systems and ADAS.
Systems of multiple OEMs working together
Next to the world leading motorcycle makers BMW, Honda, Ducati, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha, also prominent carmakers, such as BMW, Honda, Lamborghini and Volkswagen participated in the event. Close to 80 guests had a chance to experience the systems live in one of the cars. In general, they were impressed to see the actual workings of these systems, and also by the fact that systems of such a diverse mix of brands, could work flawlessly together.
Attendees came from all over Europe and beyond. Members from the press, associations, authorities, safety organizations, suppliers and other stakeholders composed a varied and diverse interest group.
Visitors could talk to the management and people behind CMC. Results of research studies were presented in-depth. Information stands allowed for interaction and encouraged open discussions about the various topics.
Connectivity and ADAS use cases shown
The images below indicate which use cases were demonstrated at the event.
Research studies presented
The following 4 topics were addressed in special presentations:
CMC engages accident research in order to prioritize the most impactful use cases and applications.
Earlier accident studies from Germany were now complemented with those for the whole of Europe and led to a fine-tuning of priorities. Studies will be continued with U.S. and Japan in the future.
Rider Reaction Time
This topic is very important to understand: how much time is there before a situation becomes critical or not? How should a rider be warned, and what influences that such warning is actually observed and responded to?
CMC initiated the first studies specifically dedicated to motorcycle riders and the results showed remarkable differences between warning types.
Scientific simulation programs can simulate use cases; by creating variations in values, hundreds of different simulations can be created for a single use case and add a deeper understanding for the flexibility of the situation.
Motorcycle rider protection through ADAS
BMW presented the ADAS system that is already being equipped in cars and how effective it can be regarding collision avoidance. The importance of Automated Emergency Braking was highlighted.
Step by step towards solutions
All in all, CMC demonstrated how both Connectivity systems and ADAS play an important role in enhancing motorcycle safety; on the one hand, by providing warnings in time to react; on the other hand, by automated collision avoidance on the very last moment.
The Demo Event proved highly productive and successful, significantly advancing the knowledge base and internal collaboration within the C-ITS community.
Video and press kit materials can be found in the downloads section of the CMC website.