Taking one step further with boosting rider safety, BMW Motorrad has unveiled the R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype at the CMC Conference in Munich. In addition to a crossing and left-turn assistant ConnectedRide technology features a number of other systems designed to prevent accidents between motorcycles and passenger cars. Potentially dangerous situations are detected and warning measures are initiated thanks to Vehicle to Vehicle Communication (V2V), based on a cross-manufacturer communication standard, and extremely high-precision localisation via D-GNSS (Differential-Global Navigation Satellite System).
In 2016, the CMC (Connected Motorcycle Consortium) 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.
The CMC takes special account of the requirements specific to motorcycling in view of the highly dynamic development of automotive safety systems. This above all includes Vehicle to Vehicle Communication which has not taken motorcycle-specific safety aspects into consideration sufficiently so far. Host and new CMC President, Prof. 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 addition to providing the opportunity for intensive dialogue, the CMC will focus on joint motor show appearances as well as events in 2018 in order to actively illustrate the latest safety system developments for two-wheeled vehicles. A foretaste of what is to come was given at the CMC Conference 2017 by the BMW R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype.