Revolutionising the motorcycling industry with AI and sensor technology
Verge Motorcycles has launched its Starmatter platform, a fusion of over-the-air (OTA) updates, sensor technology, artificial intelligence, and an advanced user interface.
This platform positions Verge as the first motorcycle manufacturer to implement the Unreal Engine game engine, developed by Epic Games, in its Human-Machine-Interface (HMI).
Starmatter enables Verge customers to receive new functionalities and enhancements directly to their motorcycles through OTA updates. It integrates AI and machine learning to process data from advanced sensors, allowing for a personalised experience for each rider. The core of Starmatter is the redesigned HMI, now developed in partnership with Epic Games using the Unreal Engine.
Verge CTO Marko Lehtimäki said: “Advanced software is in the DNA of Verge superbikes, but Starmatter is something even bigger. It is like an invisible layer of star matter that covers the bike, personalising the riding experience for each user on an individual level and enabling new exciting features. Such a comprehensive technological leap has never before been seen in motorcycles.”
New Verge motorcycles equipped with the Starmatter platform will feature a comprehensive sensor package. This includes GPS, an accelerometer, and various connectivity options. The platform allows for the automatic download of manufacturer-specified enhancements and new functions, optimising various aspects of the motorcycle, including performance, charging characteristics, and the operation of the rim motor.
Lehtimäki added: “With Starmatter, we want to revolutionise the perception of the life cycle and intelligence of motorcycles. Typically, a vehicle is at its best when new, while smartphones, for example, gain completely new features that significantly improve their functionality year after year. We want to bring the same philosophy to the vehicle industry and guarantee Verge’s customers an intelligent and personalised riding experience, as well as the best possible version of the bike at all times.”
Although cars have utilised sensors and AI for years, their use in motorcycles has been minimal.
“Starmatter takes motorcycles into this millennium. Today’s launch is the first step in our strategy, in which these smart functions are just the beginning. The platform creates the foundation for our bikes to become even smarter with each OTA update,” Lehtimäki remarked.
Central to every Verge superbike is the HMI, which serves as the rider's interface. The redesigned HMI, powered by Unreal Engine, offers settings and views for various riding and charging functions, bike management, and troubleshooting.
Lehtimäki concluded: “The Unreal Engine by Epic Games makes Verge’s user interface as impressive as the bike itself. Unreal Engine is known for its stunning real-time graphics, which we have used to create a visual experience that fits Verge’s brand and design identity. The new HMI makes the bike an intelligent partner instead of just a vehicle.”