The coming revolution of automated cars and trucks is supposed to create safer roads, however a new report raises concerns that motorcycles will not be detected.
The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers report says the automated technology is still new and untested in the real world.
“In some cases, modern cars do not have robust enough equipment to detect motorcycles,” the report says.
“Several accidents in Europe and the US with cars ‘on autopilot’ indicate that some cars failed to detect motorcycles in all situations.
“Today, in some driver handbooks, one can find statements such as ‘the system may not detect small vehicles like motorcycles’, which is simply not acceptable from a safety point of view.”
The EAMM report says the motorcycle industry is “open to discussion, recognition and appeals to the car industry and legislators to take this issue seriously and start dialoguing with the motorcycle industry on how to ensure that future cars react to motorcycles in a safe manner”.
However, motorcycle companies are also working on self-riding motorcycles and interventionist technologies to make riding safer.
In fact, Damon Motorcycles CEO and founder Jay Giraud has produced a white paper about the future of the motorcycling industry in which he says advanced safety systems may save motorcycling.
He predicts a future “where the idea of rider accidents being inevitable and unavoidable will be a thing of the past.
The EAMM report concludes:
In the future, increasing levels of automation in passenger cars will shift the task of dynamic driving further and further away from the driver and towards the vehicle itself. The technology used should be reliable and has to compensate for ‘taking the human driver out of the loop’. Therefore, the development of automated assistance systems will have to be designed and validated as motorcycle compatible covering all the requirements, from situation recognition through to execution of manoeuvres.
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