Global – Following on from our previous article from ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers regarding Connected Motorcycling – Super Future ACEM have reported on discussions at the ITS World Congress about the future of intelligent transport systems and motorcycling.
Industry experts and policy makers discuss the future of connected motorcycling at ITS World Congress
On 1 November 2017 experts from the motorcycle industry, the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organisations met at the ITS World Congress in Montreal, Canada, to discuss the future of intelligent transport systems and motorcycling.
The discussions took place during the ‘Motorcycle talk ITS’ roundtable moderated by the Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), Antonio Perlot.
The participants examined some of the most important initiatives in the field of connected vehicles as well as as the challenges and opportunities offered by cooperative ITS.
Commenting on the future of technology, Hennes Fischer, senior advisor to Yamaha Motor Europe and member of the Connected Motorcycle Consortium, said: “Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems will have a considerable effect on motorcycle safety. Technologies such as ‘motorcycle approach indication and warning’ will enhance the digital conspicuity of motorcyclists and reduce the probability of accidents, such as those that happen at intersections because of car drivers overlooking motorcyclists”.
Mr Fischer also explained that “Our industry is working together with other stakeholders in a large-scale European project to set the basis for an embedded eCall system for motorcycles that can operate across the European Union. This project will be completed by the end of the year and will pave the way for a future standard for eCall devices for motorcycles”. Under the European eCall Regulation, the European Commission must be a report in 2021 assessing whether the scope of this regulation should be extended to other categories of vehicles such as motorcycles and mopeds.
Matthias Mörbe, Vice-president for two-wheeler engineering solutions at Bosch, discussed whether motorcycles can be fitted with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) developed for cars. In this respect, he said that “powered-two wheelers require a dedicated approach and specific engineering solutions. Intelligent transport system applications designed specifically for cars cannot be directly transferred to motorcycles”.
John Lenkeit, Technical Director at Dynamic Research, an American company specialised in vehicle dynamics and accidentology, stressed that “ADAS for cars should be able to detect all vulnerable road users including motorcycle riders”. As a recent study released by Dynamic Research points out: “If ADAS systems are unable to correctly identify motorcycles, a possible consequence of broad ADAS implementation may be an increase in car-motorcycle accidents even as car accidents decrease”.
Stephanie Leonard, Policy officer responsible for intelligent transport systems at the European Commission said: “As we expressed in our recent GEAR2030 report, the European Commission sees connectivity and increased automation of transport as major trends that are shaping the future of European mobility. We believe that the automotive industry as a whole must embrace the upcoming revolution of digital, automated and connected driving”.
For his part, Robert Kreeb, Chief of the intelligent technologies research division at the U.S. Department of Transportation, said that: “Connectivity and increased automation hold the promise of addressing many of the major challenges facing today’s transport system, such as user safety, energy efficiency, air quality, traffic congestion, and to enhance the drivers’ comfort and convenience. In the long run, automation could have a revolutionary impact on travel behaviour, social inclusion and urban development, environment, entertainment and commerce, growth and jobs.”
Huei-Ru Tseng, Deputy Technical Manager of the Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute, said: “C-ITS technologies will give motorcyclists as digital presence, increasing their safety”. He added that ITS systems “must be specifically designed for motorcycle riders”.
In his concluding remarks, the Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, Antonio Perlot said: “There is no doubt that connected vehicles will play a major role in increasing transport efficiency, sustainability and mobility in Europe. Cars and motorcycles must be part of this new connected world”.
ACEM, which represent the manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe, are at the “high level table” making sure that the bikes that they produce are the bikes that they can sell to you and me, now and in the future.
Bikes that will fit into the changing face of technology and the manufacturers are representing on behalf of future riders, i.e. what riders want and what is forthcoming on motorcycles.
An example of that is the mention above of an embedded eCall system for motorcycles that can operate across the European Union by Hennes Fischer, senior advisor to Yamaha Motor Europe and member of the Connected Motorcycle Consortium.
In basic terms, eCall is an electronic “in vehicle” safety system that can automatically call emergency services (European emergency number 112) if you have an accident – even if you are unconscious – allow communication with the vehicle operator (if possible).
The system establishes a telephone link with the emergency centre and the vehicle, sending details such as time of incident, accurate position and travel direction
On 28 April 2015 the European Parliament voted in favour of eCall regulations which require all new cars to be equipped with eCall technology from April 2018, motorcycles were not included.
However as Mr Fischer has explained, the motorcycle industry is, “Working together with other stakeholders in a large-scale European project to set the basis for an embedded eCall system for motorcycles that can operate across the European Union. This project will be completed by the end of the year and will pave the way for a future standard for eCall devices for motorcycles”. Thus working ahead of the European Commission report in 2021 which will assess whether the scope of this eCall regulation should be extended to other categories of vehicles such as new motorcycles and mopeds.