Munich, Germany – BMW Motorrad has announced a new system that could help save thousands of lives. Dubbed the Intelligent Emergency Call system it’s designed to get emergency services on to the scene of an accident as soon as possible.
It’s no surprise BMW has rolled out this technology as it already appears on the brand’s cars, as we tested previously on CarBuyer.com.sg and has been in place since 1999. Like the automobile based system, the IEC will activate itself automatically or via an SOS button. A GPS sensor gives location data, and it’s wired up to a telephone module that makes the call possible.
According to BMW’s studied on its existing emergency call systems, critical services were able to respond to accidents 40 to 50 percent quicker than otherwise and an official European Commission report stated that it can save up to 2,500 lives annually.
Activation happens automatically if the sensors on the motorcycle detect an accident. It can tell the difference between a major collision and a minor fall. In the latter case, the message is only sent out 25 seconds post-drop, and the rider can press a button to cancel the alert. In case of a larger hit, the system will activate and the rider can speak to BMW’s call centre via the in-built microphone. If he/she can’t, or is incapacitated, the alert process carries on automatically.
There’s another aspect to the system that will also help people other than the riders. Since the system can be manually activated by the rider at any time, it can be used to summon help within seconds of an accident occurring near the rider.
The system will be available in Germany and Europe in 2017, and we expect it to reach other markets like Singapore shortly after.