Bosch motorcycle-to-vehicle communication technology

"Get connected for greater safety on the roads"

FOR SOME of us, any mention of next-generation motorcycle technology is shrugged off as unrealistic nonsense, attempting to remove the true skill involved in riding. For others it's a daymare conjured up by Cyberdyne Systems, far too overwhelming to comprehend.

Considering the last few months has seen the unveiling of concepts from both BMW and Honda for self-balancing bikes and Kawasaki's vehicle communication technology, I think it could be time to start accepting that Artificial Intelligence in the motorcycle industry is well and truly on our doorsteps.

Along with these other major brands developing future technologies, Bosch have now also joined the game after releasing a short video explaining their new motorcycle-to-vehicle communication concept.

The aim of the concept is to drastically reduce road accidents using a system that would alert both motorists if an imminently hazardous situation is detected. This is demostraded in the clip below, with motorcyclists receiving an audio warning and drivers an alert via their sat-nav in the event of a possible on-coming accident, providing both with the opportunity to react.

Potential hazards will be identified by taking into account multiple information, including vehicle-type, speed, acceleration, position and direction of travel.

Bosch explain that, "Motorcycle-to-vehicle communication belongs to the innovative connectivity systems, which enables predictive warning and information exchange based on cloud data to make riding safer and more comfortable."

Here's a preview of the technology.




On balance this looks like it will be .... a poor choice of investment for road safety. When drivers come to rely on (very fallible) technology to help them make decisions, they will delegate most of their responsibility to the technology, which is great up until the point it doesn't work, which it won't in all sorts of devious and clever ways.

Here's what'll happen:

1. Driver gets used to device telling them where all the dangers are.
2. Either device is nearly always right - in which case driver stops bothering to be so attentive because now the device is doing that job; or the device is wrong too often - in which case the driver gets annoyed with it and turns it off
3. If the driver stops bothering to be so attentive then they'll drive inattentively. Duh. Rather like drivers with ABS now drive nose-to-tail at 100mph thinking the brakes will sort themselves out without realising that the brakes is only half of the deal. Extrapolate from there and you eventually end up with the Tesla driver watching films as he ploughs into a tree.
4. If the device is turned off through annoyance then there is the double risk of the driver forgetting it is off and expecting it to warn them. Too late - driver has already delegated responsibility to the switched off device.

And so on.

dudeofrude's picture

It's all well and good if every vehicle had it fitted but unless it's made the law then it will never happen

dudeofrude's picture

Yes at thats all well and good with brand new vehicles but there are still cars from the 70s on the road so how long would it take to actually implement this technology on a nation wide scale?