Continental is to bring its ‘swarm intelligence’ system, eHorizon, to the motorcycle community.
The eHorizon system interconnects bikers, offers a shared platform to motorcyclist communities and allows them to share important route information. With this system, Continental is using the concept of swarm intelligence, which continuously supplies the digital map in the backend with accurate and up-to-date information.
“The stored data is collated in the cloud and made available to all motorcyclists. As a result, the eHorizon system informs bikers in advance of obstacles along their route such as construction zones, accidents, slippery conditions, or traffic jams. Having this information can enhance safety, not only for motorcyclists, but also for other road users,” said Ralf Lenninger, head of Continental’s Intelligent Transportation Systems.
To integrate the software, Continental has developed a digital instrument cluster that not only displays all the usual information such as road and engine speed, but also contains an information panel that displays safety-relevant information on the traffic and weather, as well as notifications about incoming phone calls or music. The software prioritises the displayed information according to the user’s preference.
Smartphone integration and app use the power of collective intelligence
To supply the digital map with route data, motorcyclists use a button connected to the instrument cluster that allows them to record their current position and, when they have finished their journey, to enter specific information about the event and its location. This data will be collected and processed in the cloud, added to an incident map, and then shared with other motorcyclists driving along this route.
For this and other functions, Continental has developed a smartphone app equipped with a Bluetooth Connection Manager allowing the smartphone to communicate with the instrument cluster. The app allows motorcyclists to enter navigation destinations and enables the turn-by-turn navigation to be displayed on the cluster. Motorcyclists also have the option of transferring missed call notifications, the time, or charge status of their smartphone from the phone to the display.
Motorcyclists can use the app to share information such as distance ridden, places visited, or anything else of interest with everyone in the group and a dedicated web page has been created for this purpose. Continental says the integration of instrument clusters and eHorizon is not limited to any specific motorcycle class, which means that even smaller motorcycles could potentially be connected.