Two-Wheelers will get connected, too

October 06, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
A consortium of motorbike manufacturers – BMW, Honda and Yamaha – has announced to collaborate to extend the benefits of V2X communications and, more generally, vehicle connectivity to motorbikes. First connected motorcycles in production can be expected by 2020.

The three manufactures announced their move at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux (France), the world’s largest event for intelligent transport systems and services. The consortium which already has baptized Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMS) at the same time encouraged other motorcycle manufacturers to join in so as to further increase safety in powered two-wheelers.
 
According to the consortium, the move aims at improving driver’s safety by fostering motorcycle-specific developments in the area of Cooperative-Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS). The companies are already active members of the Car2Car Communication Consortium, in which they work with car and truck makers and other stakeholders on common specifications and standards. “We came to realize that the specific requirements of motorcycles are beyond the scope of this consortium, however,” said Takaaki Kimura, Executive Vice President of Yamaha Motor Co. “The next logical step is to enter into a cooperation dedicated solely to the challenges relating to powered two-wheelers.”
 
Such systems require the integration of information and communications technology including transport infrastructure, vehicles and users. Basic applications 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 manoeuvring in busy urban environments.
 
ITS technologies are expected to generate particular safety benefits in regard to powered two-wheelers (PTWs), not least by offering a level of electronic communication which can be shared between riders and drivers of other road vehicles.
 
The three companies have already gained experience of connected vehicle technology in several European field tests. Together with car makers and major suppliers, BMW Motorrad participated in simTD, a large scale field test carried out on connected vehicles in the greater Frankfurt area in Germany. Honda and Yamaha participated in DRIVE C2X, a Europe-wide ITS