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BMW ConnectedRide - Motorcycle safety system

BMW is working on some safety technology for their cars and for riders on two wheels as well.

Comfort and safety for two-wheel drivers – The Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT) with BMW ConnectedRide.

BMW could also be able to redefine the future of two-wheeled mobility in and around city environments together with the safety and comfort functions of BMW ConnectedRide** – the two-wheeler equivalent to BMW ConnectedDrive**. After all, generations of motorcycle riders have regarded BMW Motorrad as leading the way on issues relating to safety in motorcycle riding. BMW Motorrad became established at an early stage as a trendsetter in this area. BMW Motorrad Research is continuing to work at expanding these advances in safety.


In 2011, the Advanced Safety Concept (BMW K 1600 GT) was launched which had features like daytime light, BMW eCall and various camera-based BMW Motorrad driver information and assistance systems. The next stage saw the specialists developing the Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT). “The research projects Left Turn Assistant, Traffic Light Assistant and the Lane Change Warning were implemented in the scooter, for example,” commented Felix Deissinger, responsible for strategy and vehicle concepts at BMW Motorrad. Researchers also integrated a head-up display as a two-wheeled innovation. This system displays parameters like current speed, the symbols for the Traffic Light Assistant, the Collision Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition in the wind shield. The daytime light was also incorporated in this scooter.


The Left Turn Assistant which is prototypical developed for cars and motorcycles, is an active system which is intended to prevent a critical situation when drivers are turning left. The system calculates positional curves and speed profiles in order to assess the likelihood of a collision. When a critical situation occurs, the motorcycle raises its conspicuity. If the oncoming car driver fails to react, automatic braking is initiated in the automobile.

BMW ConnectedRide also offers a wide range of further assistance systems to make motorcycling safer in the future. For example, the bad weather warning system alerts motorcycle riders at an early stage with a visual message in the display indicating any section of the route subject to adverse weather conditions. Fog, rain, snow and ice are all much greater hazards for motorcycle riders than car drivers. The hazard warning also gives motorcyclists a visual alert – with an option of voice alert – if they need to anticipate a hazard like oil, loose road chippings or a vehicle abandoned on the motorcyclist’s side of the road. The warning is linked with information about how far away the obstacle is located. The warning and the position of the hazard site could be sent by the vehicle or vehicles travelling in front to the vehicles following on behind using the Car-to-x communication.

The new BMW C evolution – The two-wheeler among BMW electric vehicles.

The requirements for individual mobility concepts are undergoing significant change for urban environments in particular. Rising volumes of traffic, spiralling energy costs and increasingly stringent regulations for CO2 emissions emitted by vehicles travelling in inner-city areas are the challenges of the future. The BMW Group has recognized these challenges and is developing series solutions for current and upcoming mobility needs – also for two-wheeled vehicles. The maxi scooters BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT are the first products in this area to combine the driving characteristics of a BMW motorcycle with the specific agility and comfort of a scooter to create an innovative and dynamic ride experience. This year, BMW Motorrad presented the “C evolution” as a product-quality prototype of an E-Scooter in the form in which it could soon come onto the marketplace. It has been designed as a commuting vehicle for travelling to work between the suburbs and city centre, so that development focused specifically on two requirements: ride characteristics comparable with those of a Maxi Scooter powered by an internal combustion engine, and a long range under normal conditions of use.

**  BMW ConnectedDrive provides the occupants of the vehicle and the vehicle itself with an intelligent network to connect them with the outside world. This network offers customers more safety, comfort and infotainment whether it is through driver assistance systems, navigation options or personalized entertainment. The network permits innovations for urban mobility that make interaction with city traffic even safer, more efficient and more convenient. The BMW Group stand presents App and vehicle-based routing functions, safety systems and solutions for mobility on two wheels.



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