Ducati and Lamborghini test a car-motorcycle communication system


Automotive companies are investing heavily in the development of technologies that will improve the safety of cars on the roads. For example, work is being done on Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication technologies that will allow cars to communicate with each other on the road. Thanks to the exchange of information, vehicles will be able to establish the presence of any dangers, warning the driver.

On the development front of these technologies, there is now something new: interesting. Ducati, participated in the Demo Event organized at the Lausitzring (Germany) by the Connected Motorcycle Consortium for demonstrate the effectiveness of connectivity systems motorcycle-car developed during this cycle of research by the consortium.

As mentioned at the beginning, work has been on the V2V for some time and the consortium of which Ducati is also part, has is also working on inserting the information sent by motorbikes, which have different needs and dynamics from cars, so that these can be standardized when this technology is introduced in the future. integrated across the entire fleet of motorbikes and cars in circulation.


Therefore, according to what has been said, the consortium, founded in 2016, began to carry out an accurate analysis of the most serious accidents dangerous between motorbikes and cars in terms of frequency and severity of the damage suffered by motorcyclists. Starting from the results of this study, the cases in which connectivity was could help more. Afterwards, it is The development of those methodologies capable of reducing the number of impacts and their risk has begun. for the health of motorcyclists.

A fundamental aspect of this research is was to limit as much as possible the system's reaction times are possible because the reduction of the risk of accident depends on how far in advance one of the two actors is able to be warned.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the systems that have been developed, Lamborghini has decided to support Ducatiin the experimental phase of the project by making a Urus available for use case simulations. The Borgo Panigale house has become concentrated on the three most serious accident cases critical and dangerous, i.e. those who “place the motorbike in a position of non-visibility” towards those arriving by car or who put the motorcyclist in a situation in which he has no visibility. of this that is happening ahead. In all these scenarios, the inter-vehicle communication system can help reduce accidents.”

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The prototype currently under development includes an additional screen on the motorcycle on which alarm signals are displayed that warn the motorcyclist of danger. The cases analyzed and demonstrated at the Lausitzring by Ducati and Lamborghini were the IMA (Intersection Movement Assist), theLTA (Left Turn Assist) and the DNPW (Do Not Pass Warning).

More in detail, the IMA (Intersection Movement Assist – Assistant for crossing intersections) provides an intersection with visibility reduced in which a motorbike, on a busy road, is approaching an intersection at which a car arrives at the same time from a secondary road.

To make this situation even more criticism Ducati has chosen to insert a fixed obstacle to completely obscure the view of the motorbike both for the driver and for the car's auxiliary systems. In this case, the warning signal is displayed on the car's instrument panel, signaling the arrival of the motorbike, suggesting that the motorist approach the intersection with great caution.

The second use case analyzed is LTA (Left Turn Assist) which concerns an intersection in which both the motorbike and the car are traveling on the main road but in the opposite direction and the car wishes to turn left.

In this case the motorbike is less visible than a car, even through the auxiliary systems, with the risk of not being assessed well by those arriving. Also in this case, as soon as the motorist approaches the intersection, the warning sign of the motorbike's arrival is displayed.

Finally, the third case of #39;use is the DNPW (Do Not Pass Warning) in which a motorbike, in a queue, wants to overtake a large vehicle that precedes it and which in turn has a car in front of it, not visible to the motorcyclist, who wants to turn to the left.

In this case it is the motorcyclist who displays the warning system as soon as the system sees that both the car and the motorbike have activated the indicator.

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