The Software

The smartphone has now established itself as the information centre on the motorbike. Telephony, navigation, infotainment and on-board communication run via the versatile mini-computers. For this reason, Touratech Connect does without its own screen and transfers all information to the mobile phone. This turns the smartphone into a multifunctional display instrument even in vehicles with simple instrumentation.

This is made possible by the second component of Touratech Connect: the smartphone application, available for the two most important mobile operating systems iOS and Android.

Communication between the hardware component and the smartphone takes place via an easy-to-pair and stable Bluetooth connection. Highest data security is guaranteed as the values are stored exclusively on the mobile device. Touratech Connect also uses the "Bluetooth Low Energy" standard, which guarantees long battery life. Another advantage is that other connectivity features such as telephony or navigation based on the "Bluetooth Classic" standard can be used in parallel.

The functionality of Touratech Connect is divided into eight areas: engine, lighting, brakes, switches & levers, driving dynamics, extremes, special functions and states (see box for details). The functional scope of Touratech Connect is enormous. That is why it was so important to us that the user is given a clear structure of the function areas so that he can select the data he needs in a targeted manner.

With the large amount of data, however, it is not a matter of a jumble of numbers for statistics freaks. For example, the "Shift Flash Eco" function can be used to drive particularly fuel-efficiently, while the "Engine Ready" display signals when the engine has reached operating temperature. The parameters of many functions are preset with a default value, but can be defined by the user, such as the limit speed for the shift flash function.

For the configuration of the display, the user has almost unlimited customisation options. First, the driver can decide which data he wants to see at all and then configure the display according to his wishes. An integrated "designer" helps with this. The placement of the display elements is just as free as their size and the assignment of the fields.