In a position paper, the European motorcycle manufacturer association ACEM formulates requirements for the sensors of autonomous cars in order to guarantee the safety of motorcyclists.
In recent decades, the automotive sector has achieved great success with the help of new technologies for passive and active safety. The automotive industry is ready to market vehicles with automation levels 3 and 4. At level 3, which is to be introduced in the near future, responsibility for control will be transferred to the vehicle at least temporarily.
In some cases, however, modern cars do not have sufficient sensors to detect motorcycles, according to the ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles). Automated systems in cars that initiate lane changes but do not reliably identify motorcyclists can lead to serious traffic accidents. In addition, motorcycles do not necessarily drive in the middle of their lane, which poses another challenge for vehicle sensors, the association notes in a recently published position paper.
The ACEM therefore demands that autonomous vehicles be able to detect and respond to the complex manoeuvres that motorcycles usually perform in normal traffic (e.g. lane utilisation, lean angles when cornering and commuting in traffic) at all times.
In the paper, ACEM also emphasises its willingness to enter into a dialogue with car manufacturers in order to find solutions that guarantee the safety of motorcyclists.
With the paper presented, ACEM is in line with FEMA, the umbrella organisation of European motorcycle associations, which in the past had already expressed massive doubts about the reliable recognition of motorcyclists by autonomous cars.