Motorcyclists are 18-times more likely to be killed in a vehicle accident than car drivers. Bosch think that this number can be dramatically reduced.
With humans constantly being the one, unpredictable part of the machine-on-machine crash equation, electronics masters Bosch think that they’ve come up with a ‘smart solution’ to the clumsy ‘meat bag’ in the middle.
Developed in collaboration with Ducati, Autotalks and Australian firm Cohda Wireless, the vehicle-to-vehicle system developed works by having all vehicles within a radius of several hundred metres connect and share data and information about their vehicle type, speed, position and direction of travel (amongst other things).
This would mean that before a motorcycle comes into view, the sensors housed within other road vehicles in the vicinity would make the other connected vehicles aware and enable them to react appropriately (and possibly autonomously).
Bosch offer up the following scenario by way of a demonstration,
“For example, typically dangerous situations arise when a motorcycle approaches a car from behind on a multi-lane road, ends up in a car’s blind spot, or changes lanes to pass.
“If the system identifies a potentially dangerous situation, it can warn the rider or driver by sounding an alarm and flashing a warning notice on the dashboard. In this way, all road users receive essential information that actively helps avoid accidents.”
This digital solution should create a ‘digital shield’ that will help to prevent dangerous situations from occurring before a rider or driver is even aware of the possibility.
“Through safety systems such as ABS and motorcycle stability control, Bosch has already made riding a two-wheeler significantly safer. By connecting motorcycles, we are taking safety to the next level” .
With announcements like this, and the news that BMW’s latest concept vehicle is a ‘connected’ Scooter, it’s fair to say that electronics and digital technology have finally taken a firm grasp onto our motorcycling futures.