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BMW Motorrad presented the Concept ConnectedRide at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, a foreshadowing of the future of communications for motorcycles. Already in use in BMW’s cars, ConnectedRide is a a TFT instrument cluster that interlinks the motorcycle, rider helmet and smartphone.

Using the TFT instrument panel, the ConnectedRide system integrates information relevant to the rider, such as road and engine speed, engine temperature, along with smartphone based functions such as navigation, telephone and messaging. Selection of the display is made using a multi-fcuntion controller, much the same as in BMW cars.

For relaying of audio information, such as music, phone calls or navigation directions, a microphone and speakers fitted into the BMW System 7 helmet allows the rider to interact with the ConnectedRide system.

On the safety front, BMW’s Intelligent Emergency Call system is available as an ex-works option for BMW motorcycles in Europe from 2017, and is part of the ConnectedRide concept. If an emergency situation or accident occurs, the intelligent emergency call is activated automatically or manually, transmitting the rider’s location and notifying emergency services via a qualified BMW Call Centre.

Motorcycle community connectivity is also enhanced with the ConnectedRide concept, via a partnership with technology start-up Rever. Using the Rever app and website, riders can discover the best routes in the world, compile their own individualised routes, log their trips and share their motorcycling experiences on social media platforms.