The agencies and organizations responsible for developing ITS technologies
should ensure that motorcycles are considered in design, evaluations,
and assessments prior to the deployment of these technologies within
the private and commercial vehicle fleets.
Emphasis should be given to the reliable detection of
motorcycles by Automated Collision Warning Systems (ACWS) and
Automated/Adaptive Cruise Control. Coordinating participants should
include the DOT Joint Program Office on Intelligent Transportation
Systems, ITS America, NHTSA, ITS industry, motorcycle industry,
and motorcycle-user organizations.
Identify and prioritize motorcycle safety issues that
may be addressed through the application of ITS technologies.
Conduct research to determine the impact these technologies may
have toward improving motorcycle safety. Foster development and
deployment of those technologies that have a positive impact on
motorcycle safety. Suggested topics for further research include:
1. Application of ACWS toward the mitigation of multivehicle
collisions involving motorcycles; more specifically the reduction
of the left-hand turn in front of an approaching motorcycle. According
to NHTSA (FARS,
1998) nearly half of all motorcycle
fatality crashes are multivehicle; 36 percent of these are left-hand
turns in front of an approaching motorcycle.
2. Study the feasibility and benefits of
equipping motorcycles with automated collision notification systems
for the purpose of reducing EMS response time in the case of a
motorcycle crash. Participants should include the DOT Joint Program
Office on Intelligent Transportation Systems, ITS America, NHTSA,
ITS industry, the motorcycle industry, and motorcycle rider organizations.