It’s happened. Verge, the maker of fully electric motorcycles, says it has developed the world’s first motorcycle with the sense of sight. Here’s a look at the Verge Motorcycles TS Ultra with Starmatter Vision.
Verge TS Ultra with Starmatter Vision
In November of 2023, Verge Motorcycles introduced its Starmatter software and intelligence platform. It consists of four key elements: automatic over-the-air updates (OTA), sensor technology, artificial intelligence, and a Human-Machine-Interface (HMI). The company has now announced the addition of advanced machine vision, known as Starmatter Vision. The company’s flagship electric TS Ultra model now has six cameras and high-resolution front and rear radars. With these new functionalities, Verge achieves a milestone as the world’s first motorcycle manufacturer to integrate such advanced safety features into motorcycling.
Real-Time Notifications to the Rider
Autonomous driving has been a longstanding feature in the automotive industry, but its feasibility and achievability in motorcycling differ significantly. Motorcycle riding presents inherent restrictions and practical challenges that pose safety risks. Moreover, the helmet, a crucial safety gear, limits visibility and diminishes surrounding traffic sounds. Verge advocates for a technological solution to address these challenges, aiming to enhance not only riding comfort but also safety through innovative approaches. The updated hardware and software on the TS Ultra allow the bike to analyze the environment actively. It provides real-time notifications to the rider, such as alerting to a vehicle approaching from behind or if it makes a lane change.
How the TS Ultra Achieves the Sense of Sight
AI and machine learning are part of the formula. “Verge is making riding even smarter and safer, for example by improving the rider’s ability to observe the environment and the functions of the bike with the help of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The TS Ultra’s new cameras combined with the software update announced today make it the world’s first motorcycle equipped with the sense of sight, advising the rider, and acting as a ‘whisperer’ while riding,” describes Verge CTO Marko Lehtimäki.
Updated Displays Provide an Intuitive Experience
The Verge TS Ultra has incorporated updated displays into its design. The top tank display is now larger, enhancing usability. The unveiling of the new Starmatter Dash display and user interface signifies a revolutionary shift in how riders interact with the bike. This updated dash simplifies the management of essential functions, providing a more intuitive experience. It not only informs and warns of potential hazards but also displays the rearview camera image when the rider activates the turn signal, improving overall situational awareness. “Verge is developing the world’s most advanced electric superbikes that focus on the riding experience. We do not want to compromise on that. Starmatter Dash provides a visual and intuitive interface, which gives the rider a clear real-time view of the bike’s features and status at a glance,” says Mark Laukkanen, VP of User Experience at Verge Motorcycles.
Upgraded TS Ultra Replaces Previous Version
In addition to standard features like traction control and ABS brakes, Verge’s motorcycles boast a low center of gravity. This enhances bike control and thereby ensuring a safer riding experience. The upgraded Verge TS Ultra replaces the previous version. Customers who have already placed an order will automatically receive their bike with the new features.