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Cardo, Midland, Uclear, and Sygn House Team Up to Create an Industry Standard for Integrated Helmet Communications
Cardo Systems, Midland, Uclear and Sygn House ( owners of the B+Com brand) have today announced an industry-wide solution to integrated helmet communication devices – ‘Universal Communication Solution’.
Much in the same way that the Automakers and car stereo manufacturers adopted universal car stereo sizing and mounts (DIN/Double DIN Standard), the Universal Communication Solution standardizes communication systems size, and shape, allowing for integrated fitment in new motorcycle helmets, meeting the new ECE 22.06 standards.
With this new standard in place, Helmet manufacturers can potentially speed up the process of integrating communications into new 22.06 helmets while offering motorcyclists a variety of communication brands to choose from, all while reducing development costs and time to market.
The Universal Communication Solution will also allow motorcyclists the freedom to choose, change and replace communication devices without compromising on fit and looks.
Speaking on behalf of the industry, Shachar Harari, VP business development at Cardo Systems commented, “This is a significant and important initiative that has seen collaboration between many of the key manufacturers in the helmet and communications industry.
This alliance between the companies will enable the supply of a variety of communication systems that are compatible and designed to be integrated with a variety of motorcycle helmet brands without any need for special mechanical adjustment per helmet model.
We call the helmet manufacturers to join forces with us and design their helmet offerings to adopt the Universal Communication Solution standard.”
While many helmet manufacturers have experienced demand for integrated communication solutions, until now this has been a significant R&D effort for each brand without a widely acceptable standard solution and without the advantage of duplicating this effort to new helmets. With the Universal Communication Solution, consumers will potentially be able to select their preferred brand of device, mounting the chosen unit cradle into a standardized cavity in the rear section of the helmet, linking to integrated speakers and microphone.
Shachar continued, “This approach also gives consumers choice, allowing the rider to use their preferred brand of system and easily transfer between helmets if required. We encourage other brands to join us and adopt the industry-wide Universal Communication Solution”.
First American Formula E Driver Oliver Askew to debut in US at Fifth Anniversary of Formula E NYC E-Prix on July 16/17
The world’s first all-electric motorsport, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, returns to the streets of New York City for the fifth anniversary of the New York City E-Prix this summer with a double-header race weekend on July 16 and 17. Tickets are on sale today and available at www.fiaformulae.com/NYC
Both races will start at 1:00 PM ET each day on the Red Hook, Brooklyn street circuit against the iconic Manhattan skyline.
Twenty-two drivers from 11 teams including TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, Jaguar TCS Racing and Mercedes-EQ, who are defending their Season 7 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles, will compete. Avalanche Andretti Formula E driver, Oliver Askew, will make his home race debut. Askew is the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s first American driver, and was the 2019 Indy Lights Champion, having previously competed in NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA.
Grandstand seating starts at $95 offering a prime view of the 1.44 mile, 14-turn track’s most crucial and dramatic spots.
Tickets to the Allianz E-Village – Formula E’s innovative fan experience area – are $15 and include a dedicated live track viewing area, commentary and broadcast of all the racing action on giant screens and driver interviews from the pit lane.
The E-Village will feature the popular Formula E Gaming Arena offering fans the chance to get behind the wheel of super-realistic simulators and compete to set the fastest time. With true to life renditions of some of Formula E’s historic tracks and prizes up for grabs, it’s not to be missed. Fans will also discover the latest EV prototypes, autograph sessions with Formula E drivers, roaming entertainment, and much more, making this a unique family-friendly festival-of-the-future experience.
The New York City E-Prix features Rounds 11 and 12 in the biggest-ever 16-round calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship which features racing on the streets of iconic world cities including London, Berlin, Monaco, Diriyah, Mexico City, and for the first time this season, Jakarta, Vancouver and Seoul.
In making the NYC E-Prix 2022 ticket on-sale announcement at SXSW, Askew, who is a panelist on the festival’s ‘No Turning Back: Formula E and the Electric Future’ panel, said:
“Racing in New York City in my first season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is going to be a personal highlight. The racing in Formula E is intense and the wheel-to-wheel racing makes it one of the most exciting motorsport series out there. Formula E is an incredible, unique experience for fans too, and I can’t wait to be part of what will be an unforgettable double-header race weekend in Brooklyn.”
Askew addresses his transition to all-electric racing in what is the first-ever motorsports-focused session in the 35+ year history of SXSW.
The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members, has reached a multiyear agreement to become an Official Charity Partner of INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
INDYCAR and The American Legion will collaborate to promote a variety of Legion programs, including raising awareness of the growing problem of veteran suicide. Programs at the track will include patriotic displays, flag raising and lowering ceremonies, giveaways and public address announcements, while both groups will cross-promote on social media and through constituent communications and advertising.
One of the unique aspects of the partnership will be the creation of an INDYCAR Legion post, where veterans and veteran family members who work in motorsports are invited to join and contribute to the goals of The Legion and INDYCAR. The partnership also will be activated at physical Legion posts in various NTT INDYCAR SERIES race markets.
“The American Legion performs an incredibly vital role for our veterans, for whose service and sacrifice we’re eternally grateful,” said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., which owns INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. “This partnership will help to accelerate The Legion’s goals through various promotions, and we hope Legionnaires everywhere will join our team and follow our exciting series with its bold, hyper-competitive drivers and precise teamwork.”
This partnership increases The American Legion’s involvement with the sport that started in 2021 with Chip Ganassi Racing.
The Legion is a major associate sponsor on the No. 48 Carvana/American Legion Honda driven by legend Jimmie Johnson in the full 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and will be the primary sponsor of fan favorite Tony Kanaan’s Honda in the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29. The Legion also will rotate sponsorship with some of the other drivers on the championship-winning Ganassi team.
“Partnering with INDYCAR is a no-brainer for The American Legion,” said American Legion Chief Marketing Officer Dean Kessel. “For 103 years, Indianapolis has been the host city of our national headquarters. It is also the home of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’
“Pairing these two legendary institutions makes sense on so many levels. This partnership enables us to tell the story of how American Legion posts strengthen communities across the country. Race fans are patriotic. Like Legionnaires, they believe in supporting veterans and their families. The bottom line is that this partnership makes both The American Legion and INDYCAR even stronger.”
The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season continues Sunday, March 20 for the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC and simulstreamed on Peacock Premium. Coverage is also available from the INDYCAR Radio Network with audio available via the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.
(Courtesy on NHRA Communications)
DRT Racing was formed in 2014 and has established itself as the premier race operations, timing & scoring and track builder for select AMA racing events and promoter for the AMA Supermoto Championship Series.
Wacky Racers is a racing series established in September 2021, it offers multiple classes of racing for young riders including Stacyc 12” and 16” classes, Strider 12” and 14” Classes, PW50, mini motos up to 110cc, and electric motorcycles.
DRT Racing will donate $1.00 per race registration to All Kids Bike. Wacky Racers will then match the total donation from DRT Racing.
With this partnership, DRT Racing will contribute to creating new riders across Southern California by placing the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program in elementary schools.
Cost of the All Kids Bike program is $5000 and includes:
- 24 Strider 14x Balance Bikes
- 24 Pedal conversion kits
- 24 Helmets
- Teacher training certification
- 8-week teaching curriculum
- 2-year equipment warranty
- 5+ year product support
This partnership opens the door to teaching thousands of kids how to ride a bike as well as giving those who don’t have access to a bicycle the chance to develop this lifelong skill.