Six OEMs Form Consortium to Improve Connectivity and Security


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Mercedes introduced the first car with anti-lock brakes (ABS) in 1978. It took another decade for the technology to adapt to motorcycles with the 1988 BMW K100. Likewise, Mercedes’ W220 S-Class and CL-Class models. adopted the first form of adaptive cruise control in 1999. We just see this feature coming to the motorcycle market with this year’s Ducati Multistrada V4 and KTM 1290 Super Adventure. In fact, advances in the automobile generally take a while to reach those of us on two wheels.

To help develop motorcycle technology within the larger automotive ecosystem, Yamaha, BMW, Honda, KTM, Suzuki and Triumph have accepted the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC). Modern cars are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that use radars and cameras and all six brands know how important it is for motorcycles to comply with the many advancements. For this reason, the CMC renewed its pact in December 2020, ensuring continued collaboration on technology development through 2021 and beyond.

2021 BMW R 1250 RT with. Adaptive cruise control

2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S with.  Adaptive cruise control

2021 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S w. Adaptive cruise control

Since 2016, CMC has set out to establish a standard specification for Motorcycle-specific All-Vehicle (V2X) systems. Wireless features such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure fall under the V2X umbrella and allow vehicles of different brands to communicate seamlessly on the roads. The CMC agreement will standardize the essential operating requirements of these systems in motorcycles.

“Future traffic will be more and more connected and motorcycles cannot stand aside,” said Takuya Kinoshita, general manager of Yamaha. “Motorcycles must remain a solution and remain a pleasant means of transport for decades to come. This is why activities like CMC are so important to the motorcycle industry.

As the consortium strives to improve driver aids and motorcycle connectivity, they are also realizing the potential of these technologies to further distract drivers and riders. With prototype testing and human-machine interface testing, the CMC hopes to integrate motorcycles into the connected traffic system without encroaching on the attention and safety of riders. All six companies are also encouraging other OEMs, suppliers and automakers to join the alliance, and hopefully we’ll see these features trickle down to motorcycles much sooner than in the past.

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