Unveiling of prototype Vehicle to Vehicle technology that warns drivers of danger! Lamborghini supports Ducati’s commitment to guaranteeing a higher level of safety for motorcyclists. The Bologna-based motorbike manufacturer was one of the leading players at the Demo Event organized at the Lausitzring race track (Germany) by the Connected Motorcycle Consortium to demonstrate the effectiveness of motorbike-car connectivity systems developed over the course of this cycle of the consortium’s research.
The Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) is an international association of leading manufacturers of two-wheeled vehicles that aims to include motorbikes in the future of connected mobility to improve the safety of motorcyclists. Car makers have been researching and developing Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication technologies for years, and cmc has been working on also adding information sent by motorbikes (which have different needs and dynamics) so that this can be standardised in the future when the technology is integrated into the entire motorbike and car fleet in circulation.
CMC was founded in 2016, the same year Ducati joined, with its members initially involved in an accurate analysis of the most dangerous accidents between motorbikes and cars in terms of frequency and the seriousness of the harm suffered by motorcyclists. With this investigation as a starting point, the cases where connectivity could help the most were selected, and development of those methodologies capable of reducing the number of impacts and their risk to the health of motorcyclists was initiated. A crucial aspect of this research was to reduce the system reaction times as much as possible, because limiting the risk of an accident depends on how far in advance one of the two parties involved is warned.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the systems being researched and developed, Lamborghini helped Ducati in the trial stage of the project by providing a Urus for use case simulations. Ducati decided to look at the three most critical and dangerous accident cases, i.e., those that place motorbikes in an obscured position in relation to oncoming cars or those that put motorcyclists in a situation where they don’t have visibility of what is happening in front of them. In these situations, communications between vehicles integrated with on-board sensors could help reduce the number of accidents.