Visitors at this year's CMC Conference at BMW Welt in Munich caught a glimpse of the future of motorcycle safety systems thanks to BMW Motorrad's R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype.
Aside from having a crossing and left-turn assistant, the prototype features plenty other systems designed specifically to prevent accidents between motorcycles and passenger cars.
For example, traffic users who are about to disregard the right of way receive a warning via Vehicle to Vehicle Communication (V2V), as does the rider himself.
This is based on a cross-manufacturer communication standard, using precision localization technology via D-GNSS (Differential-Global Navigation Satellite System).
"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," said BMW Motorrad boss and CMC president, Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller.
During the conference, BMW Motorrad teamed up with fellow CMC founders Honda and Yamaha, in order to illustrate to the crowds the latest in safety system developments for two-wheeled vehicles. Aside from the R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype, two prototypes based on a Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin and a Yamaha Tracer 900 were there to showcase the common architecture.