Super safe moto BMW patent
Not so long ago, we saw a pre-production electric scooter BMW CE 04 (read more here), and recently it became known that the company registered intellectual rights to the design of a motorcycle that has a significantly higher level of safety than the options we are used to.
BMW Concept Link
In 2017, BMW showed the world an electric motorcycle concept called “Concept Link”and last November there was news that it went into production under the name CE 04. Around the same time it became known that the company was developing another electric bike called CE 02.
Perhaps the new patent concerns this particular model? It is likely, since the sketches appearing in the patent application are dated 2018, that is, they were drawn just after the publication of the concept.
Despite the absence of a body kit and most of the mechanical components in the sketches, it is obvious that the design is intended for an electric power unit with a motor-wheel. However, it is not this that makes it stand out, but the fact that the frame design is thought out primarily based on considerations of protecting the rider in case of an accident.
BMW has been experimenting with two-wheeled vehicles for a long time, which have a level of safety close to that of an automobile. The most famous was the C1 scooter model, produced from 2000 to 2002, which, despite its short life cycle, had a significant impact on the company’s approach to the design of such vehicles. In 2009, something very similar was presented in the form of an electric bike, however, at that time – only a concept named C1-E, and in 2019 the company patented the design of an electric scooter with a C Evolution roof, largely based on the same ideas.
BMW’s new design isn’t just a C1 without a roof. The new frame option is a power cage around the rider’s back, reminiscent of those found on buggies. Moreover, the driver’s seat is located almost above the rear wheel, so that in a head-on collision, the rider will be as far away from the point of impact as possible. For this, the traditional steering design was even changed: the usual motorcycle steering wheel is placed on the steering column, at least 30 centimeters from its normal position. The linkage system, which is not shown in the sketch, transfers the forces applied to the steering wheel to the axle of the front fork.
Apparently, the vehicle will be a one-seater, but now there is a boom in personal mobility, and even large scooters are used alone most of the time, so this will not be a problem for most buyers.
Usually such things are immediately patented to protect innovations from repetition, but in this case BMW went a little differently. The intellectual property rights were registered in relation to the design of the nodes shown in the sketches. Most often, this is done with the exterior design to prevent copying, and not with the interior of the vehicle, but BMW considered that the frame of such a motorcycle was an integral part of its appearance and needed to be protected in the first place.
Unlike an ordinary patent, which is public (that is, the details of the device of a patented design are necessarily published in the public domain), an application for protection of rights to a design implies the right to its deferred publication. Simply put, BMW registered the intellectual rights to the design of such a motorcycle back in August 2018, and it became known about it only now, but the right “punish” for too similar designs of other manufacturers, BMW could have taken advantage of from the moment of registration.
It was understood that during the time for which the publication of the design could be postponed, BMW would have time to announce the motorcycle itself, but so far, unfortunately, something has not worked out.