SAFERIDER - Advanced Rider Assistance

European statistics show that Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) road accidents are extremely high, and a large percentage of accidents are fatal.

However, the application of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technologies to these vehicles is lagging behind passenger cars.

These technologies need to be designed in such a way that will not interfere with driving or annoy the rider. Two wheelers are very sensitive vehicles (from the dynamics point of view); any unexpected changes in their motion could lead to loss of control, potentially resulting in an accident. HORIBA MIRA recognised the need in the sector and has been developing Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS) and on bike information systems for Powered Two Wheelers.

Advanced telematics for enhancing the SAFEty and comfort of motorcycle RIDERs.

SAFERIDER is an EU collaborative project that aims to enhance the safety and comfort of PTWs by applying unique Advanced Rider Information Systems and On Board Information Systems.

Currently there is a fleet of PTWs across Europe evaluating the benefits of these systems. These are being used to estimate the safety impact and user acceptance of the prototypes in a series of pilot applications based on accident analysis data and driving studies.

Forward facing sensors gather data on the road ahead which is adjusted based on a high accuracy inertial measurement system. A touchscreen navigation unit contains a digital map of the road and provides a visual interface for warning to the rider. Additionally haptic feedback is given via the helmet and gloves providing vibrating and audible warnings.