The new ConnectedRide Com U1 communication system from BMW Motorrad

MOBILITY/MOTORBIKES: BMW Motorrad presents ConnectedRide Com U1

The universal BMW Motorrad communication system.
Talk to your passenger or other group members while riding, listen to your favourite music together, make phone calls or follow the announcements of the navigation system – the new BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide Com U1 communication system offers all this via Bluetooth or Mesh 2.0 technology.

The new ConnectedRide Com U1 features a modern, universally fitting design and can be attached to the BMW Motorrad StreetX, GS Pure and Sao Paolo helmets, for example. An impressive audio performance, a high-quality sound experience and excellent wearing comfort are delivered by the HD-quality speakers, which are very easy to install in the helmet.

ConnectedRide Com U1

The ConnectedRide Com U1 is also equipped with an FM radio that allows you to store up to ten radio stations. The station search is carried out at the touch of a button or alternatively via the free „Com U1“ app.

ConnectedRide Com U1

The entire operation of the ConnectedRide Com U1 is done intuitively via four buttons or alternatively via the app, which also offers various setting options. Depending on the operating mode, different functions can be activated via the voice control. The voice control is available in eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. If the mobile phone is connected directly to the communication system, convenient access to digital voice assistants and thus voice input is also possible.

Intelligent audio mixing ensures a particularly high level of communication comfort. For example, if you are speaking via Bluetooth Intercom and a navigation announcement is made at the same time, the volume of the Intercom is reduced for the duration of the announcement.

When the headset is switched on, an LED flashes to inform the user about the battery charge level. If the charge level becomes too low during use, an automatic voice announcement is made. The battery life is up to 13 hours with Bluetooth Intercom and up to 8 hours with Mesh Intercom.

The quick charge time is one hour. Using the quick-charge function, operating times of 3.5 (Mesh Intercom) or 6 (Bluetooth Intercom) hours are possible after only 20 minutes of charging.

Via Bluetooth, the range of the Intercom is up to 2 km in open terrain. Via Mesh, this range can be extended to up to 8 km in open terrain if at least six drivers are connected and drive at a maximum distance of 1.6 km. For optimal range in mesh mode, the unit is equipped with an antenna that can be conveniently folded in and out.

During active group communication, six users can talk simultaneously. As an alternative to communication via mesh, communication via Bluetooth with two participants can be set up.

Group communication via mesh can be done in two different ways:

Group Mesh Intercom: creation of private, closed groups for mesh communication with up to 24 participants.
Multi-Channel Open Mesh Intercom: The multi-channel protocol in Open Mesh allows switching between nine communication channels. Anyone on the same channel can talk to that group – supporting an almost unlimited number of riders, as long as they are within range. Each participant can listen in.
At the touch of a button, users can switch between private Group Mesh and Open Mesh without having to reset Mesh first.

The „Universal Intercom“ function can also be used to establish a call connection to a person using a headset from another manufacturer. However, this can lead to restrictions in the range.

Communication via mesh with communication systems from manufacturers other than Sena or BMW Motorrad is not possible. It is also not possible to integrate third-party communication systems into the group communication via a Bluetooth bridge.




Technical data:

– Mesh 2.0 technology.

– Bluetooth 5.0.

– Bluetooth profiles: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP.

– Operating temperature -10°C to + 55°C.

– Charging temperature: 0°C to + 45°C.

– Battery: Lithium polymer 900 mAh.

– Battery life:

Bluetooth Intercom: Up to 13 hours

Mesh Intercom: Up to 8 hours.

– Quick charge time: 1 hour.

– Quick charge function: After only 20 minutes of charging, the battery is ready for use.
3.5h Mesh Intercom or 6h Bluetooth Intercom operation.

– Dimensions and weights:

Main module: 97 mm x 48 mm x 27mm, weight 65 g.

Loudspeaker: 40 mm – thickness 7.2 mm

Microphone boom: length 150 mm

Cable length between speakers: 555 mm



virtualdesigmagazine Michael Hiller



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