To test modern car technologies such as Advanced Emergency Braking System and other advanced driver assistance systems, a new motorcycle test dummy is being developed.
As we reported earlier this year, the interaction between motorcycles and ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) is still a problem. Motorcycles are often not detected by the sensors of ADAS or the reaction of the systems is not adequate. We have been addressing this for years and in 2016 FEMA General Secretary Dolf Willigers was invited to participate as advisor to the MUSE project (Motorbike Users Safety Enhancement).
MUSE is a European scale project initiated by French testing and certification company UTAC CERAM in collaboration with various actors of the European automotive and motorcycle industry: Renault, VW, BMW, FCA, Subaru, Honda, Autoliv, ZF-TRW, Valeo, Bosch and Denso.
Goal of this collaboration is to enhance the compilation of European accidentology data, the evaluation of the best systems to address powered two-wheeler accidents and to develop test protocols to assess them. One of the activities is the development of a motorcycle test dummy by UTAC CERAM and 2activeSystems. According to messages from UTAC CERAM this test dummy is now taking shape and the first pictures are published.
Motorcycles are often not detected by the sensors of ADAS or the reaction of the systems is not adequate.
FEMA General Secretary Dolf Willigers: “We are happy to see that the industry has started to work on the recognition of motorcycles by advanced driver assistant systems. Tests from the Netherlands Vehicle Authority RDW earlier this year showed the necessity of proper working systems. For years already we have been asking for inclusion of motorcycles in the new car technologies and it seems that we are heard by some of the most important players in the field.”