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Engineers at the German company Bosch have developed a new technology that allows vehicles to communicate with one other. The information sharing system is designed to reduce the number of accidents involving motorcycles by making drivers more aware of motorcyclists around them.
Wireless technology makes it possible to exchange data with other vehicles nearby up to 10 times per second. Both car drivers and motorcyclists receive warnings from the system, allowing them to be aware of potentially dangerous situations and to be prepared. A member of the board at Bosch describes the vehicle to vehicle technology as “a digital protection shield for riders.”
Out of all the vehicles on the road, motorcycles are particularly at risk because of their design. The very qualities that riders enjoy, traveling at high speeds on two wheels in the open air, make motorcycles so dangerous. They have less stability than vehicles with three or four wheels and no protective metal cage surrounding the passengers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2014, motorcycle fatalities occurred 27 times more often than fatalities in other types of vehicles. An accident often sends the rider flying from the bike at high speeds and the resulting injuries can be devastating. Injuries from motorcycle accidents can range from broken bones to catastrophic injuries.
Bosch accident researchers estimate that motorcycle to car communication could prevent almost one-third of motorcycle accidents by preventing dangerous situations. The new system uses standard WLAN to exchange data between motorcycles and cars. Vehicles within several hundred meters of each other can send and receive data about vehicle types, position, speed, and direction of travel. Transmission takes a few milliseconds and can be sent up to 10 times a second, meaning that important information about current road and traffic conditions can be generated and sent by drivers. Parked and idling vehicles can also transmit data to receivers around them.
The system can use the data to warn drivers of potentially dangerous situations, a motorcycle changing lanes, or in a blind spot, by sounding an alarm and flashing a warning notice on the dashboard. The technology is also capable of using multi-hopping to reach drivers who are further away. Information can be transmitted automatically from vehicle to vehicle through traffic, ensuring that all drivers are aware and can drive more defensively as a result.
Due to their size, motorcycles are less visible to drivers and are particularly vulnerable at intersections and when passing or changing lanes. Bosch, along with its partners, Ducati, Autotalks, and Cohda Wireless, are hoping to increase drivers’ awareness of the motorcyclists around them and improve safety for everyone on the road.
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