BMW Motorrad have unveiled a concept for a safer future for motorcyclists in the R1200RS ConnectedRide prototype. Presented at this year’s Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) Conference, the machine is equipped with state-of-the-art systems aimed at preventing accidents before they happen.
One of the primary innovations is Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication, which alerts the rider through a Differential-Global Navigation Satellite System of a potential right of way violation at intersection crossings or in a left turn. The ConnectedRide R1200RS will also has more familiar features like ABS, anti-slip control and dynamic traction control.
In 2016 BMW Motorrad joined with Honda and Yamaha to form the CMC, intending to broaden cross-manufacturer communication standards and promote Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems. Automotive V2V development in particular has been going on for some time, but according to BMW such systems have “not taken motorcycle-specific safety aspects into consideration sufficiently.”
“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,” explained Head of Development of BMW Motorrad and CMC President Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller.
This particular conference, held in Munich, emphasized the exchange of information between CMC participants and a number of European transportation entities. The CMC plans to attend the upcoming ITS World Congress in Montreal, Canada on November 2 to continue furthering its mission. It will be the world’s largest event focused on intelligent transport systems and services and will include representatives from the US, Europe and Taiwan.