European statistics show that Powered-Two-Wheelers (PTW) road accidents are extremely high. Motorcycle and moped fatalities account for 17,8% of the total number of road accident fatalities in 2003, in EU-14 member countries. It is therefore evident that the reduction of PTW accidents is of major concern for the European community. The adaptation and implementation of appropriate ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS (ADAS) and IN-VEHICLE INFORMATION SYSTEMS (IVIS) technologies in PTW's might contribute to the significant enhancement of riders' safety.

Project Concept

During the last decade, ADAS and IVIS development is one of the main research areas of the automotive industry, in order to increase safety and comfort of four-wheel vehicles. These new technologies have been already introduced in the automotive market and their evolution is definitely fast and efficient. However, such technologies in motorcycles and even clean motorbikes (electric), in order to increase the safety and comfort of riders, an extremely susceptible road user group, is currently lacking behind and should be undoubtedly studied further. Such technologies should be designed and developed in a way that will not interfere with driving and/or annoy the rider.

SAFERIDER intends to learn from the problems in ADAS/IVIS application in cars, where single applications with dedicated HMI were built and are currently striving to achieve integration in terms of functions and HMI. Instead, a parallel and concurrent development of key functionalities, under a unified HMI concept, is planned.

Project Aim & Objectives

SAFERIDER aims to study the potential of ADAS/IVIS integration on motorcycles for the most crucial functionalities and develop efficient and rider-friendly interfaces and interaction elements for riders comfort and safety.

Specifically, SAFERIDER targets the following objectives:

  1. To develop priority Use Cases for ARAS/OBIS implementation on PTWs.
  2. To define the functionalities of the prioritised ARAS/OBIS for PTWs of different levels, based on accident analysis data and naturalistic driving studies.
  3. To design and develop ARAS/OBIS prototypes for the selected functionalities.
  4. To design an optimal HMI concept and develop warning/ information provision elements for the prototypes, as well as for potential combinations of their output.
  5. To technically verify the developed ARAS/OBIS and integrate them to different motorcycles and motorcycle simulators.
  6. To estimate the safety impact and user acceptance of the prototypes in a series of pilot applications.
  7. To develop a Design Guidelines handbook for ARAS/OBIS integration and HMI design for motorcycles.
  8. To develop riders training tools for optimal ARAS/OBIS usage.