Low-speed Stabilization in Motorcycle Driving
Over the past years, the use of driving simulators could establish itself in the development processes of the automotive industry. The advantages of simulators – risk-free conduct of critical scenarios, reduction of prototype costs, and many more – are no less appealing for the motorcycle industry.
Contrary to the automobile however, a motorcycle is an unstable vehicle, which is only hindered from tipping by dynamic stabilizing effects and suitable riding behavior. Correct modeling of the vehicle and caption of the rider’s behavior are thus especially relevant in motorcycle simulators. Hereby, not only the common input variables – throttle, brake, clutch, and steering – are relevant, but also the movements of the occupant. Especially during low-speed driving, the instability of the motorcycle as well as the influence of the rider on stabilization are maximal.
Motorcycle research at FZD accordingly deals with analyzing the stabilizing behavior of motorcycle riders on the basis of steering and leaning movements, the life-like representation of the vehicle behavior on a simulator platform, as well as drafting input registration systems in order to achieve a realistic („natural-feeling“) coupling of the real rider to the virtual vehicle.