Last updated on – Jan 01, 2017

The Automobile industry always has so much room  for every new technologies and updations in the market globally. The auto market has witnessed the  introduction of new motorcycles and technologies from the past few years and welcoming the same day by day. Technologies and new products  that have been added and may be the part of the automotive industry in terms of power, control and safety to enhance the performance and fuel efficiency are listed below.

Bolt Smart Bike Charger

Today, we are living in the folks of the internet and social media then it’s really important to keep our smartphones stay alive, which doesn’t last long for a single day. And for those loves to travel on adventure tours, most of the time it becomes a major issue, as they have completely been disconnected with outside world (family and friends). To tackle this kind of problems various phone chargers are available and distinct manufacturers are still working to find out more innovative and user-friendly solutions to make traveling easier and comfortable.

Bolt Smart Bike Charger

Bolt Smart Bike Charger

The Bolt Charger is one of them, which is claimed as the world’s first smartphone charger for bikes from company’s end. Adaptable to work in any weather conditions from 0 degrees to 75 degrees, this mobile charger spits a power output of 5V, 2A.  which is suitable for every available phone in the global world. The belongings which come with it includes brackets, connecting cable, nylon fasteners, USB cable and a user manual. Other than this, a connectivity aid for your smartphone is also provided via a Bolt Riders App, which can be activated by the given access code in the user manual. In order to offer mobile carrying ease, the company is supplying a water resistant, touch-screen friendly small pouch, dubbed as Bolt Pocket, with adjustable straps to keep your phone bounded in front of your eye on the fuel tank.

AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) Technology

automatic headlamp on ismart 110cc-front

Automatic Headlamp on Ismart 110cc Front

AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) is quite similar to the daytime running lights in cars. This is a mandatory safety feature which is likely to be added in upcoming bikes and scooters in India. Hero Splendor 110cc is the first bikle to come up with this AHO feature. From April 2017, as per the Government regulation, all bikes and scooters will get the automatic headlamp on (AHO) feature. The two-wheelers coming with this AHO feature won’t be having any switch for turning the headlights off as the headlights will be on as the engine gets started. The basic purpose of this technology is to reduce accidents and unwanted crashes. Some experts say that the lamps colour and intensity in the bikes will be optimized by this feature.

Helpmet – Helmet Safety System

helmet safety system

Helpmet – Helmet Safety System

To ensure the rider’s safety, nowadays, various auto giants across the world developing different technologies. BMW Motorrad developed SOS call system is one from it.  A Thai innovation center is working on the same theory with its newly-designed helmet, entitled as ‘Helpmet’. The Helpmet concept works on the impact force of the accident if the resultant force can tend the rider to an unconsciousness situation. The system will automatically call the medics

The Helpmet includes a smartphone, SIM Card, GPS and the necessary component the phone network. The helmet runs on a rechargeable battery and impact sensors. Available sensors sense the impact and if the impact force is 95g and higher, it will call the ambulance and will provide your coordinates to the medics.

The helmet user will be registered to the Helpmet call emergency services by providing all its personal details, name, and address. The help center will provide the name and address to the medics as well as the information about the allergies or any pre-existing medical issue that can help to save the life of the rider.

Brain One Performance Tracker

Brain One Performance Tracker

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Brain One is a performance tracker that can be easily affixed to the motorcycles and is so easy to use and captures useful data that tunes the bike thereafter. The task of the device is to track relevant performance statistics via multiple sensors. The sensors incorporate an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, microphone, GPS and Wi-Fi too. Data acquisition systems integrated into high-end tourers like Yamaha R1 can not be added to an entry-level or mid-level bikes and that is when a device like is to be needed.

Harley Davidson, Triumph Smart Turn System

Harley Davidson, Triumph Smart Turn System

Harley Davidson, Triumph Smart Turn System

An ample number of accidents happen due to the rear end collisions as we forget to turn-off the indicators after completing the turn. Though, it is not considered as a prominent safety feature on bikes by most of the riders, but, things can go worse in an instant click. To ensure the most underrated safety, a new system called the Smart Turn Indicator has been engineered for the motorcycles. In brief, it switches off the indicators when a turn gets completed. Currently offered by some well-known brands like Harley Davidson, Triumph, the systems commonly work via a timer delay and interprets when the indicator stops blinking and gets self-cancelled.

BMW SOS Call System Technology

BMW Motorrad Intelligent Emergency Call system

BMW SOS Call System Technology

The BMW Motorrad wants to offer a new security and safety feature to the motorcyclists. The company develops an “ Intelligent Emergency Call System (SOS)” for the riders to reduce the risk of accidents. The system uses GPS to trace the motorcycle and provide cellular connection to contact the BMW emergency call center so that they can provide help easily on the spot. The call made automatically, if the sensors detect any crash threat, and rider can talk with the support of inbuilt loudspeaker and microphone onto the bike handlebar. If the accident is not that serious then the rider can cancel the command within 25 seconds manually. The system developed in such a way that it can detect any language, there is a no native language problem, no matter where you are riding in the world . The company also gives the facility that the system can also be used manually just by pressing the SOS button, for the help of the other road users in the emergency case.

Blind Spot Monitoring System

The Japanese motorcycle maker, Honda has filed patent for a new revolutionary technology, Blind Spot Monitoring System to gave a new direction for the safety and security while cruising on to the next generation performance bikes with massive engines. This system comprises a combination of sensors, cameras and a millimeter wave radar which enables rider to know about the happenings around him.

blind spot monitoring system

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It detects the approaching vehicles, pedestrian and obstacles nearer to the motorcycle. It warns by the visual warning indicator on the instrument cluster or by the haptic, which felt in the form of vibrations. While switching lanes if any vehicles coming in the same direction it oppose the turn indicator switch by applying force on to it. No official deadline is suggested by the Honda, till then we have to wait to see it in the market production.

Samsung ‘S bike’ Mode App with NFC Tag

s bike mode app

Samsung S bike Mode App

Samsung introduced S bike Mode app with a Near Field Communication tag in its new Galaxy J3 smartphone for the Indian bikers. The S bike mode can be activated or deactivated just by one tap the NFC tag from the device. The app delivers the incoming calls to the automatic answering machine which notified the callers riders is riding and can’t take call right now. For any urgent call, caller have to press ‘1’ and rider will get the notification of the Incoming call. A motion lock feature allows rider to receive call after the rider stopped. It is a feature which will end up the problem of distraction from the incoming calls while riding and may be used in four wheeler in the coming future. For detailed information.

Smart Windshield Technology

samsung smart windshield technology

Smart Windshield Technology

Smart Windshield Technology is a concept which is under development phase in the joint-venture of two high-profile brands, Yamaha and Samsung. The brand new Samsung developed technology has been placed to the Yamaha Tricity scooter, much popular in European markets for testing or up-gradations.

Basically, the concept uses a transparent screen beneath the windshield and above the instrument cluster shows the notifications regarding text messages, email, incoming calls and also give GPS, Navigation help from the connected smart-phone with the help of integrated apps via wireless medium. No one has made any official statement from the both giants that when it will be seen on the production vehicles. Anticipated to used in near future, the technology will definitely end up the problem of distraction while driving and change the way of riding. More Details

Laser Light Headlamp

The German bike maker, BMW Motorrad presented its ultra-modern technologies at the advancing Consumer Electronic Show (CES). The showcased technologies by the German automaker includes a futuristic laser light and new generation HUD-equipped helmet for the upcoming new bikes of the BMW stable.

Laser Light Headlamp

Laser Light Headlamp

The laser lighting tech has already been taken on to BMW’s flagship 7-series and i8 series and now companies have been passed this technology to its two-wheeler brothers. The BMW Motorrad placed the laser light onto  the concept vehicle K 1600 GTL Tourer and a series of motorcycle for testing the worthiness of the light. This laser tech headlamp is capable to produce the high beam of bright and pure white light, range up to 600 meters to illuminate everything clearly on the road. The technology is too expensive in perspective to employ now and  will take time of minimum 3 to 5 years to get the real form on to the production machines.

Head-up Display Helmet

The HUD tech has been developed by the German automaker BMW in 2003. Now the manufacturer is planning to employ this tech on the helmet for improving the two-wheeler rider safety. The HUD tech will provide all the important information on the Glass display at the rider’s right eye. The projected information may comprise of tyre pressure, travel speed, selected gear, oil level, fuel level or a hazard ahead. The HUD can also navigate the rider to follow the route on a map. The BMW is thinking to use this device for vehicle to vehicle communication. the technology is capable to warn  for the sudden mishappening.

Head up Display Helmet

Head-up Display Helme

The installed cameras on the helmet can be used so intelligently, rear camera asa  rear view mirror while a primary camera mounted at the front enables rider in the group to see the road from the fellow rider’s perspective. The helmet is also furnished with integrated mini-computer and loudspeakers, which can easily be controlled from the left-hand handlebar by using BMW Multi controller. This technology can also be integrated in the existing helmets without affecting rider’s comfort and safety. the HUD tech gets the power from a pair of replaceable batteries that give the service time of five hours.

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Cornering ABS

The Cornering ABS, an unusual technology developed in the collaboration of BMW Motorrad and Bosch approx two years ago for the BMW super bike project  S1000RR. However, several automakers are also using this tech in their performance motorcycles to enhance the safety of the rider with dissimilar names like angle-sensitive or race ABS and  lean sensitive ABS.

Cornering ABS

Cornering ABS

The integrated central processing unit calculates the data collected from the variety of sensors and apply the appropriate amount of pressure on the brake pads. Altogether it distributes the braking force between the front and rear brake to protect the rider from the glide, while in full lean position at the center of the corner. It helps in reducing the danger of mishappening while cornering and sudden braking at high speed.

The Cornering ABS is an important component for the powerful road going motorcycles, but it has not been proved race worthy, otherwise we would have seen it in the racing motorcycles. At this time, this ABS asset is being used in various bikes in 2015, as KTM Adventure and Super Duke, Ducati Multistarda and BMW S 1000 XR. After being available at an affordable offering, it can also be equipped onto the slowest motorcycles also.

Forced Induction System

The Japanese giant, Kawasaki breaks the orthodox tradition with the introduction of supercharged super bikes- H2/H2R. The high-powered motorcycle is not for everyone, only a few who have pockets full of money. Basically Turbo and superchargers are not meant for the motorcycle engines as it contains low weight, which means a huge amount of power for the thrilling performance. At the Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese automaker, Suzuki displayed an XE7 engine with a small inscription, “ Under development, turbocharged engine for motorcycles, in-line twin, DOHC, 4-valve.” that shows that the future is not all about absolute power.

Forced Induction System

Forced Induction System

At the same venue in 2013, Suzuki showcased the Recursion concept model which gets power from 588cc twin-cylinder engine with a turbocharger engine, that seems related to the XE7 motor. the difference between the turbocharged engine patent filed in 2015 and displayed at 2013, Tokyo Motor Show was the position of inter-cooler, in patent drawing it was placed behind the engine block and at exhibition features the inter-cooler above the cylinder heads. The concept remained same beside the placement of single inter cooler on the motor. Turbocharger enhances the mid range torque, combine power with excellent fuel economy, and does need to rev high for power.

Kawasaki also unveiled a Sprit Charger concept which gets power from a new four-cylinder in-line Balanced Supercharged engine at the same venue. However, few details have been revealed, but the main things came out was the focus on “ increased fuel economy”. The comeback of the forced induction in the motorcycle production is for achieving the goal of fuel-efficiency and practicality.

Electric Vehicles

The new revolution which came across at the recent EICMA show was the introduction of electric powered motorcycles from the big manufacturers of the world. Harley-Davidson showcased its live-wire project and offered for demo rides at the motor show. But the company did not commence the production and marketing of the live-wire concept motorcycle in the real world. The production of the motorcycle is so expensive and will not be produced until the next generation of batteries being available in the market. The European manufacturers BMW and KTM emerged as a leader in term of electric vehicles as BMW showcased the electric C-evolution scooter and sells it in the selected market globally. The automaker made an announcement for its experimental eRR Superbike concept-with projecting any sign of its production as yet.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles

While the KTM made a Freeride electric range with a motocross, a road-legal Supermoto and an Enduro model. But these are also being proved expensive units, because of its high price and small range production. Beside these two European brands only Piaggio try his hand to develop Piaggio’s hybrid three-wheeler. Furthermore, Japanese automakers have been propelled out so many concept models of advanced scooters but any production model never came across to the masses.Practically, these technologies are really expensive for now, but the largest production range will reduce the cost of the product.