Motorcycle Safety And Intelligent Transportation Systems

Motorcycle riding is an increasingly popular mode of transportation in the United States, particularly among riders 40 years and older. Associated with the increased number of motorcycle sales and registrations, unfortunately, is the number of annual fatalities and injuries among motorcyclists (doubling since 1997 to 4,810 in 2006). This increase in motorcyclist fatalities contrasts with the steady progress in reducing annual fatalities involving passenger vehicles. This paper proposes that technologies from Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) have the potential to reduce the risk of motorcycle riding and help reverse the trend in motorcyclist fatalities. Up to this point, ITS countermeasures have not yet been fully realized for motorcycles, but they show promise for improving safety. To maximize the potential of ITS contributions, it is critical to recognize the unique characteristics of motorcycles as a vehicle class in terms of ITS system architectures and implementation. This paper intends to showcase key opportunities for the adaptation of ITS technologies for making motorcycle driving safer.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144594
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 10 2009 10:55AM