Autotalks joins the Connected Motorcycle Consortium to develop uniform V2M platform

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One of the global leaders in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication chipsets, Autotalks, has joined the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) and will work with other members to help realize the vision of a uniform platform for vehicle-to-motorcycle (V2M) communications.

Although most of the connected vehicle research worldwide has been focused on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) or vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to improve road safety, one of the most vulnerable groups of road-users has been somewhat neglected. According to World Health Organization (WHO) data from 2015, 23% out of 1.25 million worldwide traffic fatalities was a motorcycle rider.

A 2013 study conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that motorcyclists have a 26-fold higher risk of death than those who drive other vehicles. Autotalks, together with other CMC members, will now work together to further enhance Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications in motorcycles in a way that will help minimize accidents for two-wheeled road-users.

The Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) is a collaboration between manufacturers, suppliers, researchers and associations to make motorcycles part of the future of connected mobility. The founding members of CMC include BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha, and other member motorcycle manufacturers include Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM and Suzuki.

Israeli company Autotalks has already demonstrated aV2M system with Bosch, and will now work with other CMC members to help realize the vision of a unified platform for motorcycle communications.

Autotalks’ V2M system, launched in June 2017, is based on a second generation V2X chipset developed by the company that allows motorcyclists and other drivers to receive alerts on life threatening situations in order to avoid road accidents.

By joining CMC, Autotalks becomes part of an industry-wide effort to make motorcycles a part of the C-ITS conversation, which will significantly contribute to their safety on the road. Autotalks’ V2M technology enables detection of motorcycles that are not visible to the human eye, cameras or any other sensors.

The advantages of the company’s solution include: simple integration; low power consumption; the smallest form factor; highest range of operating temperature; and smallest physical size; which all results in its resistance to the strong vibration and challenging environmental conditions of deployment on a motorcycle.

“As an early innovator in motorcycle to vehicle communication, we are excited to be part of CMC and help set an interoperable, unified and practical framework for connected motorcycles which starts with safety,” said Hagai Zyss, Autotalks’ CEO.

“Together, we’ll work to save the lives of the most vulnerable road users. According to studies, V2M communication will reduce road accidents by 80%. Motorcycles have higher chances of being involved in a car crash which is highly likely to end up in a fatality. Studies show that in approximately one third of motorcycle accidents, the motorbike is not visible to the car driver. This is one of the reasons why motorcycles are at a greater risk. We are committed to minimizing motorcycle accidents until there will be zero accidents on our roadways.”

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