Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Head of development of BMW Motorrad, was appointed President of the Connected Motorcycle Consortium, CMC, during its annual conference on 12 October 2017 in Munich, Germany.
Mr Schaller will continue the work started by Mr Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer of Honda Motor Co., who led the consortium since its creation in October 2015. Commenting on the importance of the CMC, Mr Schaller said: “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”.
ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “Connected vehicle technology will shape the future of mobility in Europe. The CMC – which builds on ACEM’s memorandum of understanding on ITS – will be essential to successfully deploy advanced ITS solutions. These technologies will have profound effects not only in terms of road safety but also in terms of transport sustainability, efficiency and management”.
The CMC will focus on joint motor show appearances as well as events in 2018 in order to showcase the latest safety system developments for two-wheeled vehicles. A foretaste of what is to come was given at the CMC Conference 2017 by the BMW R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype and two prototypes based on a Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin and a Yamaha Tracer 900 using a common architecture.
The next important date in the CMC calendar is the ITS World Congress from 29 October to 2 November 2017 in Montréal, Canada. This will be the world’s biggest event focusing on intelligent transport systems and services. At the round-table-talk on 1 November, the CMC will conduct an in-depth discussion on the topics of connected networking and V2V communication with experts from the US, Europe and Taiwan.
About the Connected Motorcycle Consortium
The CMC is an R&D platform to foster cooperation in research and development in the field of C-ITS. It is open to a wide range of organisations including motorcycle OEM, automotive companies, automotive part suppliers and research institutions. The key objective of the CMC is to promote timely and comprehensive use of C-ITS systems offering the potential to improve safety for motorcyclists.
The CMC was created in 2016 by BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha. Since then, more members have joined the consortium: Kawasaki, KTM and Suzuki (development members) as well as ACEM, the Technical University of Dresden, the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, VUFO GmbH and the Würzburg Institute for Traffic Sciences (associate members).
For more information about the CMC please visit www.cmc-info.net
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