German automotive electronics company claims it has developed the world’s first split-screen instruments for a motorbike capable of showing app and vehicle information in separate screens at the same time.
However, the Bosch system is slightly different as it displays app content from a smartphone on one side of the 10.25-inch TFT screen.
It uses mySPIN smartphone integration and will arrives first on some BMW motorcycles this year.
Ducati and Kawasaki also plan to bring to their motorcycles, but Ducati will not have the split-screen function on their Bosch 6.5-inch connectivity display.
Bosch spokesman Geoff Lieresch claims the split screen facility is not only convenient but safe as it displays all relevant information “at one glance without distracting the rider”.
Users decide on the content they wish to see on the screen, all of which can be controlled by a switch on the handlebar.
The contents of a smartphone app, for example, are automatically adapted with mySPIN to show relevant information fitting the size of the motorcycle display. The split screen continues to show key indicators such as speed and warnings.
According to a Bosch survey nearly 90% of riders use their smartphone to prepare or follow-up on trips.
One third put themselves in great danger using their smartphone even while riding, the survey found.
Bosch’s mySPIN software partners with apps such as REVER to download, track and share routes with a community of like-minded riders, Genius Maps and Sygic to find the way to a nearby hotel or restaurant and Dash Radio for free premium digital radio. The app portfolio is continuously expanded on a global basis.
Bosch says pone of the most important apps is the digitally connected emergency call system Help Connect.
In the event of an accident, it automatically calls rescue services and provides the GPS location of the rider.