Thunder Roads Magazine Louisiana November 2016 - Page 18

News Bytes ROAD TO ZERO MOTORCYCLES For decades, motorcycle rights advocates have warned the riding community that advances in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and the advent of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles could signal the end of motorcycles on public roadways. Indeed, “Vision Zero” has been under development primarily in Europe to remove human interaction from the operation of vehicles in public transit, therefore eliminating human error that results in traffic accidents…and since motorcycles require human operation they do not fit into the Vision Zero scenario.Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation has unveiled plans for a new initiative called “Road to Zero” in concert with other federal agencies and the National Safety Council with the lofty goal of eliminating all traffic-related fatalities by the year 2030, and although bicyclists and pedestrians are taken into account, their plan makes no specific mention of motorcycles.Citing increases in traffic deaths nationwide, accounting for more than 35,000 lives lost mostly due to human error and behaviors such as distracted and drowsy driving and driving under the influence, Road to Zero will focus on proactive vehicle safety, advances in automotive technology and cultivating human behavior.But the new federal safety initiative, announced October 5, 2016 completely ignores a significant portion of America’s road users, as Road to Zero apparently makes no accommodation for millions of motorcyclists vying to survive in an increasingly automated traffic mix. News Bytes development, the HELPMET concept is to automatically call medics only if it’s subjected to impacts hard enough to result in unconsciousness. It incorporates the basics of a smartphone, including a SIM card, GPS, and a connection to the phone network, as well as impact sensors and a rechargeable battery. The system is only set off after impacts of 95g or higher, so accidental knocks or even a light crash shouldn’t have ambulances appearing, but they will come looking if you’re lying unconscious in a ditch and they’ll have the precise coordinates to find you.Another element is that users of the system will be registered to a website where they can input various personal details, so not only will the HELPMET call emergency services, it will also be able to provide information about the rider’s name and address. It can also warn of allergies or pre-existing medical issues, the sort of information that could be the difference between life and death for an unconscious rider. MOTORCYCLE SAFETY EFFORTS IN NEW MEXICO Board members from the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization (NMMRO) recently met with a representative of the state’s Department of Transportation along with safety advocates of the bicycling community to discuss the LOOK FOR ME - WE’RE ALL GOING SOMEWHERE safety awareness campaign. This campaign is designed to help make the streets safer for everyone, and while the campaign is geared toward pedestrian and bicycle safety, the NM DoT did incorporate pictures of motorcycles in their advertising, which is displayed on city and school buses.An important FUTURE MOTORCYCLES WON’T REQUIRE HELMETS message relayed to roadway users is; “Please pay full attention. Don’t BMW claims that motorcycles in the future will be so smart, it could talk, text, or use cell phone while driving. Remain sober and alert and eliminate the need for protective gear. 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