Alps Electric joins Connected Motorcycle Consortium to foster C-ITS

July 10, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Electronic component manufacturer Alps Electric has joined the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC), a non-profit organization striving to enhance powered two wheeler’s rider safety through research and development activities on C-ITS (Cooperative-Intelligent Transport Systems) for motorcycles. In this context, Alps Electric plans to provide a V2X RF module.

According to the Annual Accident Report 2017 of the European Commission, which bases on research conducted between 2006 and 2015, motorcycling is the only mode of transport for which the number of fatalities has increased during the period studied. Even taking into account the decrease after 2007, motorcycling is the mode of transport for which the number of fatalities decreased least between the years researched, showing the high vulnerability of motorcyclists and the urgency of taking action.

Alps Electric has now joined one of the three working groups - Feasibility and Prototyping - of CMC, being one of the first electric component manufacturers to support the organizations efforts through a development membership.

“Joining CMC is a great chance for us to gain a better understanding of the connectivity market for motorcycles and the needs of this market in order to create new business”, comments Yoshiharu Sato, Senior Manager of the Engineering Department in charge.

As recently as past week, a consortium of companies including Audi, Ducati, Ericsson and Qualcomm have proved the connectivity of the C-V2X technology (which in certain aspects is competing with C-ITS) in a test setup with cars and motorbikes.


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