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Yamaha Motor continues to cooperate with other motorcycle makers in the Connected Motorcycle Consortium to improve safety

January 29th 2021

IWATA, January 29th 2021 - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. believes, that motorcycles have a great potential as an enjoyable and practical mean of individual transport in the future. New elements of safety for the company’s products is a focus in Yamaha developments.
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. signed an agreement in December 2020 with other world leading motorcycle manufacturers to continue cooperation 2021 onwards to further enhance Motorcycle safety and assure that motorcycles maintain their role in future mobility. BMW Motorrad, Honda Motor Co. Ltd., KTM AG, Suzuki Motor Corporation and Triumph Design Ltd. expressed their intention to support the common activity in CMC ‘Next’.
The approach is widened and the work will include investigating conspicuity of motorcycle by ADAS systems. This ‘system’ approach looks at creating synergies between on-board sensor systems and connectivity.
CMC members consider safety as a goal for the industry and are in favour of a strategy on improving motorcycle rider’s safety.
CMC Basic Specification as milestone
Since its establishment in 2016, CMC has worked on a Basic Specification for motorcycle specific V2X* connectivity systems. CMC has launched this ‘CMC-Basic Specification’ on Dec 11th 2020. The Basic Specification is a first step to describe the function of motorcycle V2X systems. In a further step beyond 2020, the participating manufacturers will define further essential functional requirements to standardise in detail.
CMC-BS documents are available for download on the CMC website:

CMC ‘Next’ increases cooperation with car & other vehicle industries
A further crucial step for CMC ‘Next’ after 2020 is the cooperation with the car industry and other vehicle manufacturers since motorcycles shall communicate in a standardised way. Modern cars are increasingly equipped with on-board sensor systems (radar, camera, etc.) and driver assistance systems. These vehicle systems need to include motorcycle requirements in order to enhance their safety effects in case of mixed traffic with motorcycles.
CMC believes that tailored motorcycle/car scenarios and tests need to be developed and standardised.
The new organisation has started its activity in January 2021. The six motorcycle manufacturers encourage other motorcycle manufactures, suppliers, Car manufactures and the other related organisations to join the cooperation to further pursue the deployment of new elements for motorcycle safety.

* V2X in terms of wireless communication technology stands for ‘Vehicle-to-Everything’, including ‘Vehicle-to-Vehicle’ and ‘Vehicle-to-Infrastructure’.
*the term ‘motorcycle’ in this text covers all types of Powered Two Wheelers (PTW)

Motorcycles are part of future traffic
Executive Officer Takuya Kinoshita, Chief General Manager of Motorcycle Business Operations, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Said:
‘The future traffic will be increasingly connected and motorcycles cannot stay aside. Yamaha Motor is part of such future mobility. Motorcycles need to stay a solution and remain an enjoyable mean of transport for the decades to come. This is why activities like CMC are so important for the motorcycle industry. Rider safety is one of the key pillars for Yamaha and a shared activity amongst the motorcycle makers in the safety area is a prerequisite.’

Executive Officer Toyoshi Nishida, Chief General Manager of PF Model Unit, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Said:
‘We are aiming deployment of connectivity for motorcycles to enhance safety and at the same time to ensure riding comfort and riding pleasure by integrating motorcycles into a future traffic ecosystem’

* V2X in terms of wireless communication technology stands for ‘Vehicle-to-Everything’, including ‘Vehicle-to-Vehicle’ and ‘Vehicle-to-Infrastructure’.
*the term ‘motorcycle’ in this text covers all types of Powered Two Wheelers (PTW)

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