A team of 23 students from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, set off with electric motorbikes on a round-the-world journey. Aiming to cover 26,000km in 80 days, the motorbikes contain Cohda MK5 On-Board Units which enable V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure) communications.
As well as monitoring motorbike performance during the journey, Cohda plans to demonstrate how V2X systems can improve vehicle safety and traffic efficiency in cities with V2X infrastructure installed.
Cohda Wireless Vice President of Business Development Bernd Luebben said the company was proud to sponsor this trailblazing event. “We are supplying Cohda MK5 On Board Units for the motorcycles and support vehicles,” he said.
“Cohda’s MK5 On-Board Units allow real-time communication to ensure the motorbikes perform according to design and meet this demanding schedule. We also plan to support V2X demonstrations in cities such as Shanghai where we have V2X units installed.”
The STORM World Tour began in the southern Netherlands city of Eindhoven last Sunday, starting a route that circumnavigates the northern hemisphere, leaving Europe via Central Asia and then crossing North America before returning to Eindhoven on 2nd November. Each electric motorbike has a top speed of 160km/h and can travel 380km before requiring a recharge. The student-designed batteries – 24 separate cartridges that can store as much as 28.5kWh energy – can be replaced by a fully charged battery pack within seven minutes.
Each day, the students will re-charge batteries from the local power grid at companies, universities or homes en route. The team will also take part in events that show the potential of electric mobility. Follow the STORM World Tour live on its 80-day journey here.