BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha will commence cooperation in the field of Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by all European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers to ensure that C-ITS features are introduced from 2020 onwards while the three bike manufacturers will ensure that the process is speeded up.
The new cooperation of the three auto majors was announced on 6th October 2015 at ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France while the three partners also tried to encourage other motorcycle manufacturers to enter into the same agreement so as to enhance safety in powered two wheelers.
While Honda Motor Company is already working on Car2Car Communication Consortium, the company will also be paying special attention to a cooperative ITS system on powered two wheelers. All three companies have immense experience in connected vehicle technology and will now hone their skills in the two wheeler segment as well.
ITS technologies require the use of integrated information and communication technologies. These applications exist in GPS navigation with real time traffic inputs. However on board two wheelers it will be different from that seen on cars due to the limited space available, electronic system that have to be reduced in size and be able to withstand water, dust and vibrations. Due to differences in driving dynamics and software development the system on motorcycles will vary from cars.