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2012-10-23 13:22

MAKING MOTORBIKES SAFER: BMW's ConnectedRide intends to make things safer for motorcycle riders.

BMW’s newest technological innovation has not ignored the often neglected motorcycle industry. With the introduction of BMW ConnectedRide – the two-wheeler equivalent to BMW ConnectedDrive – they are redefining the future of two-wheeled mobility together with safety and comfort functions.

After all, generations of motorcycle riders have regarded BMW Motorrad as leading the way on issues relating to safety in motorcycle riding. BMW Motorrad became established at an early stage as a trendsetter in this area.

BMW Motorrad Research is continuing to work at expanding these advances in safety. In 2011, the Advanced Safety Concept (BMW K 1600 GT) was launched which had features such as daytime light, BMW eCall and various camera-based BMW Motorrad driver information and assistance systems.


The next stage saw the specialists developing the Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT). Felix Deissinger, responsible for strategy and vehicle concepts at BMW Motorrad said: “The research projects left turn assistant, traffic light assistant and the lane change warning were implemented in the scooter, for example.”

Researchers also integrated a head-up display for motorcycles. This system displays parameters like current speed, the symbols for the traffic light assistant, the collision warning and traffic sign recognition in the wind shield. The daytime light was also incorporated in this scooter.
The left turn assistant which is ideally developed for cars and motorcycles, is an active system which is intended to prevent a dangerous situation when drivers are turning left. The system calculates positional curves and speed profiles in order to assess the likelihood of a collision. When a critical situation occurs, the motorcycle raises its conspicuity and if the oncoming car driver fails to react, automatic braking is initiated in the automobile.


BMW ConnectedRide also offers a wide range of further assistance systems to make motorcycling safer in the future. For example, the bad weather warning system alerts riders at an early stage with a visual message in the display indicating any section of the route subject to adverse weather conditions.

The hazard warning also gives motorcyclists a visual alert – with an option of voice alert – if they need to anticipate a hazard like oil, loose road chippings or a vehicle abandoned on the motorcyclist’s side of the road. The warning and the position of the hazard site could be sent by the vehicle or by vehicles travelling ahead using the Car-to-x communication.

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