Testing underway on tech to make motorbikes safer

Testing underway on tech to make motorbikes safer
The ConVeX consortium is testing connected vehicle systems.
Published: 5 July 2018 - 5:35 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

A consortium that includes IT and auto manufacturers has carried out live demonstration of new technology that could improve safety for motorcycle users

The Connected Vehicle to Everything of Tomorrow (ConVeX) consortium is conducting live tests of C-V2X technology, which will enable direct communication between in-vehicle systems for cars and motorbikes, and road infrastructure.

The C-V2X direct communication systems, which utilise the 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum, 4G and 5G systems, will provide connectivity between bike, car and road systems to create automated warnings in typically dangerous situations for motorcycle riders.

The testing is being conducted by Audi AG, Ducati, Ericsson, SWARCO, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, and  Qualcomm. The Connected Vehicle to Everything of Tomorrow (ConVeX) consortium was formed last year.

The demonstration at Ingolstadt in Germany, featured Audi Q7 and Audi A4 road vehicles, as well as a Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro two-wheel vehicle equipped with C-V2X technology utilizing the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset solution.

The showcase demonstrated common situations that can take place between motorcycles and vehicles, and how C-V2X technology can be used to improve road safety. These include Intersection Collision Warning, where a vehicle equipped with C-V2X technology pulls out from a junction with an adjoining road and avoids hitting a motorcycle rider who has the right of way, as well as Across Traffic Turn Collision Risk Warning, in which a vehicle avoids a left turn collision with a motorcycle.

These use cases are part of a wider set of advanced applications that have been demonstrated through the ConVeX project, which also involves vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication using roadside infrastructure units developed by SWARCO and vehicle-to-network (V2N) communication using Ericsson's 4G/5G cellular test network operated at the motorway A9 German digital test field.

"The demonstration of safety use cases with 3GPP compliant C-V2X technology within the ConVeX project between vehicles and motorcycles gives an outlook into the key role that vehicle-to-vehicle and 5G wireless technologies will play in the future of Audi and in the automotive industry," said Christoph Voigt, Head of Development Connectivity, Mobile Communications, Car2X Technologies for Audi and 5GAA Chairman. "As the ConVeX project trials continue, the project partners will further showcase benefits to road users in safety and other areas, using technology to deliver safer, smoother journeys with less environmental impact."

"This is the perfect demonstration of use cases in which the modern technologies can drastically improve the safety of future motorcycle users," said Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager at Ducati Motor Holding spa. "Indeed, the C-V2X communication is definitely one of the key projects of the Ducati 2025 safety road map."

C-V2X direct communications for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) scenarios operates over the 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum without the need for a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), cellular subscription or network assistance. Complementing direct communication transmissions, network-based communications is designed to utilize the wireless operator's 4G and emerging 5G wireless networks for Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) communication and operates over licensed operator spectrum to support telematics, connected infotainment, and a growing variety of advanced informational safety use cases. V2N scenarios for the trials operates on Ericsson's 4G and 5G test network in Germany in the cellular 2.6GHz band.  

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