Voice-activated devices are the pinnacle of convenience for motorcyclists. Smartphone voice assistants and Bluetooth intercoms that recognize voice commands allow you to communicate without taking your hands off the steering wheel. It is especially good when you can not only switch songs in the playlist, but also control the navigator or make a phone call by simply saying something into the headset microphone.
Premium electric motorcycle maker Energica is keeping pace with the times and is working on a voice interface between rider and motorcycle. The project is being carried out in collaboration with major smartphone accessories maker Cellularline and telecommunications company Alascom, and the artificial intelligence developed for Energica motorcycles could subsequently be incorporated into other electric motorcycles. The system will integrate Cellularline-Interphone products and Alascom applications into a single communication protocol between the user and the motorcycle.
Artificial intelligence is a rapidly growing trend, especially in the area of interaction between the rider and his vehicle, said Giampiero Testoni, CTO of Energica Motor Company. -We have been innovating in this field for many years to offer our customers a perfect product that is useful and flexible. Thanks to our innovative communication protocol, riders can easily find the information they need on their bike without being distracted from the road. In developing this project, we relied on such industry leaders as Cellularline and Alascom.
The Alascom app will be at the heart of the new system, but it will also be compatible with Android and Apple voice assistants. The main task of the system will be to process the rider’s commands, but the motorcycle, in turn, will be able to transmit messages to him by voice.
Motorcycle technology implementation “hands free” could be a big leap forward. There will be no need to rummage through the menu for settings, but there will be a way to turn on cruise control and set a target speed, change the driving mode when you see a slippery patch of asphalt ahead, or turn off ABS on the rear wheel in one phrase.
The project is currently in its early stages, but we are looking forward to its implementation in the new Energica models.