Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) for Motorcycles?
by Miha Ernstschneider STS
The “thing” that made the Smart Turn System the very best self-cancelling turn signal module in the world became the foundation for the future of motorcycles in traffic.
Are advanced driver assistance systems future? One of the main goals of our company is to become a leader in safety gear for motorcycles that will not only make your ride smarter but also to achieve higher standards of communication in traffic. SInce our core business and development are oriented in two-wheelers movement that we can track in real time with unprecedented accuracy, we are developing motorcycle equipment with added value and usability that was not possible before.
Many existing solutions to specific »problems« available on the market these days are not performing to the rider’s expectations. While some solutions only remind you of a problem or are solving it only partially, we devoted ourselves to make a difference and to develop motorcycle gear that will come up to rider’s expectations and will address existing issues entirely.
Our first step towards advanced driver assistance systems was the Smart Turn System, the worlds best self-cancelling motorcycle turn signal module that can outperform the aftermarket buzzers, timers and flash counters and it also exceeds the factory built in systems integrated by the giants of the motorcycle industry as well.
Here is a chart with the comparison of the ability to detect the most basic manoeuvres in traffic of existing self-cancelling turn signal system with the Smart Turn System:
As we are riders ourselves, we are very aware of the importance of being visible while on the road. HI VIS gear is a must have nowadays, but what can you improve on the motorcycle itself? I’m sure you heard of head and tail light modulators. The main feature of those modules is to make your head or brake light flash with different patterns which result in the better perception of other traffic occupants.
People tend to perceive changing patterns better than the ones that are constant. While the different light-flashing patterns aren’t something that requires much of a technology and upgrades, we quickly found a very important, but until now, empty space in this segment, especially while braking. By this, I don’t mean braking with your front or rear brake, but braking with the engine.
Every rider knows that braking power of the engine is much greater than that in the car and the velocity of the motorcycle can decrease quite rapidly when you release the throttle. In these occasions, the breaking light isn’t going to be activated at all, and neither will the brake light modulator.
Since we are mastering the motorcycle movement with the technology that we have developed, it allows us to sense every tiny difference in the motorcycle movement – vibration, heading and inclination and we can do this more than 300 times every second with over 25 different parameters simultaneously. It has become an obvious step to take on the challenge and to develop and upgraded brake light modulator that can perform flawlessly in every situation needed.
Our beta-testers are already dropping jaws after their test runs, and if everything goes as planned, we’ll launch the Smart Brake Light already this autumn.
But our story towards advanced driver assistance system will not end here – not even close. We just started, and there is a lot more to come in the near future. We just set ourselves on the way to become SME Instrument Innovators within the Horizon 2020 programme with our third project. The objective of the project is the development of an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) representing an innovative integrated motorcycle road-traffic-security solution, providing beyond state-of-the-art functional security features for all types of bikes. You can read more about that HERE.
As the future of transportation tends to become fully automated and drivers will become only passengers and passive observers, many believe or even fear that motorcycles will become a thing of the past. Since we are motorcycle enthusiasts and riders ourselves, we could not even think of this becoming a reality, not even in our worst dream, so our vision became very clear.
We will put out our best effort to develop advanced driver assistance systems that will make it possible to integrate every motorcycle into fully automated transportation system with self-driving cars, buses, trucks, without taking away the control from the riders over his ride. We will make sure that the Vehicle-to-vehicle communication system and user interface efficiently provide the right information at the right time to the rider and the automated vehicles in the vicinity, taking care of safety and still allowing the freedom that a ride with a motorcycle offers.
Goals are set high, and there is still a lot of work and development to do, but the prototypes already do a fantastic job, and with some fine tuning, the first generation of your next favourite motorcycle gear will soon come to light.
Join us on our path towards advanced driver assistance systems for motorcycles and become a part of the future!