Honda and BMW Bikes Involved in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Testing

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The US Safety Pilot Model Deployment is a research program for traffic safety, and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is a part of this endeavor. However, two major motorcycle manufacturers, Honda and BMW joined forces in an effort to integrate motorcycles in the connected vehicle environment.
Cohda Wireless provided the V2V connected vehicle equipments based on the RoadLINK chipset they have developed with NXP Semiconductors, offered in a market-ready package including a software defined NXP radio chip running the Cohda connected vehicle firmware.

According to the NHTSA, the Cohda/ NXP connected vehicle environment could potentially address up to 80% of the crash scenarios on the record, provided they do not involve impaired drivers.

This is extremely important for the motorcycle world as statistics show that while only 5% of the highway fatalities are attributed to bikes, over 80 per cent of the accidents result in loss of human lives, compared to 20% for cars.

A crucial step for the implementation of both vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies, this motorcycle research aims to expand the use of Cohda's safety applications, such as Intersection Collision Warnings, Forward Collision Warnings, and Emergency Electronic Brake Lights and develop bike-specific routines.

The Cohda Wireless products are USDOT-qualified and we might just start seeing Honda's and BMW's machinery loaded with V2V/ V2I electronics quite soon.
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