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26 | WheelsOfGrace.com | Issue 52 HANDLEBAR NEWS INDIAN DID IT FIRST! BUT NOT IN THE U.S. YET! INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION OF APPLE CARPLAY® Indian Motorcycle, America's First Motorcycle Company, announced on July 29th the integra on of Apple CarPlay® to its model year 2020 lineup of bikes equipped with the 7" Ride Command system. Con nuing its mission to further enhance the riding experience, this latest update con nues to deliver industry-leading technology which provides riders with a way to stay connected while out on the road. Apple CarPlay ® is now supported on 2020 Chieftain, Roadmaster and Challenger models with navigation. iPhone ® users can easily access Apple Music, Maps, send messages with Siri and more through the Ride Command 7" screen and a supported Bluetooth headset (not included) – all on a user-friendly interface that iPhone users will instantly recognize. This integra on also increases global accessibility to naviga on. Apple CarPlay is just one of several improvements made to Indian Motorcycle's leading Ride Command system. Riders can now expect improved naviga on loca on management, improved boot me, audio mu ng and control improvements (including naviga on audio), widget fixes and a new fuel economy widget, and improved search func onality within naviga on. Owners can stay up-to-date with the latest technology by accessing a simple, free so ware download at home or through their local dealership which can be located on h p:// www.indianmotorcycle.eu/ GOV. MIKE PARSON SIGNED A BILL INTO LAW THAT WILL EASE HELMET REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME MOTORCYCLISTS IN MISSOURI B Y C A M E R O N G E R B E R JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill into law that will ease helmet requirements for some motorcyclists. HB 1963, sponsored by Rep. Travis Fitzwater, allows riders over 26 years of age with proof of health insurance to opt-out of using helmets once the law goes into effect on Aug. 28. (Hmmm…) The bill saw opposi on from a number of safety groups, including representa ves for the Na onal Safety Council and the Na onal Associa on of the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators' Policy and Research commi ee. "The repeal of the all-rider helmet law will have ripple effects across the state of Missouri," representa ves for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety said in a statement. "More riders will choose to leave their helmets at home, resul ng in more unhelmeted motorcyclist fatali es and injuries. These preventable tragedies will in turn upend the lives of their families and increase health care costs for all Missourians. We hope this imprudent policy change will be reversed in the future and the state's universal helmet requirement will be restored." The group's statement also said when Michigan loosened helmet restric ons in 2012, fatali es involving non-helmeted riders quadrupled. The group also said the previous helmet requirements had been a part of Missouri law for 52 years. The bill saw extensive debate before passing through both chambers on the final day of the legisla ve session. The bill contains numerous other provisions rela ng to transporta on, including special license plates, funding for the state's Hyperloop tes ng track project, vehicle registra on, licensing, Real I.D., and highways named for fallen law enforcement officers. HB 1963 was one of nine signed by the governor, concluding the signing of bills from the 2020 legisla ve session. Other bills signed on included one establishing the "Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facili es Act" and one expanding the defini on of a service animal. BMW'S MOTORCYCLE ACTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (WORTH THE READ…) B Y B R U N O D E P R AT O BMW Motorrad and historical partner Bosch analyzed the massive amount of variables involved in motorcycle dynamics and developed a system that, star ng from the base DCC unit, adds a substan al number of sensors in order to achieve maximum ac ve func onality by posi vely combining three main func ons: cruising speed control, safety distance control, and curve speed control. Yet they also made their ACC more ac vely interfaced with the rider in the sense that the rider here retains a higher level of responsibility compared to the ACC-assisted car driver. Fundamental is that the BMW Motorrad ACC only keeps track of the moving vehicles and ignores sta onary vehicles. That means the rider must ac vate the brakes of his BMW in the presence of vehicles stopped in a traffic jam queue or at a traffic light. Primary func onality is that the system is fully capable of ac vely modula ng the set cruising speed whenever the bike reaches the limit of the selected safety distance approaching the vehicle in front. A millimeter-wave radar sensor is the fundamental component of the system; it detects the vehicles driving ahead of the bike and the included distance sensor sends the proper ac va on input via a CAN bus connec on to the ABS ECU that then determines the correct amount of decelera on needed to keep the safety distance selected by the rider. But being installed on a motorcycle, the radar sensor dialogues with a yaw rate sensor to determine the bike path around a corner and compares this informa on with the sensed presence of a vehicle on that path and consequently takes the proper ac on via the ABS ECU.

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