Late 2018 Harley-Davidson announced LiveWire, it’s first all-electric motorcycle. IBM will provide cloud infrastructure for the new bike’s built-in HD Connect platform.
The motorcycle is part of a transformation programme to help grow the business beyond its core markets. As in other automotive sectors, Harley-Davidson faces competition from new forms of mobility and electrification trends.
The new electric Harley comes equipped access to the HD Connect platform, which gives bikers access to new “concierge” services and software updates via an app. Harley-Davidson says it will use IBM artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and IoT to enhance a rider’s experience.
“LiveWire is a fully connected electric motorcycle. With IBM we have struck the balance between using data to create both intelligent and personal experiences, while maintaining privacy and security.” said Marc McAllister, Harley-Davidson VP Product Planning and Portfolio.
LiveWire rider’s will be able to check bike vitals at any time and from any location, says the company. Information available includes features such as range, battery health, and charge level. Motorcycle status will show real time location of charging stations. Other features include an alert to the owner’s phone if the motorcycle has been bumped, tampered or moved.
“The next generation of Harley-Davidson riders will demand a more engaged and personalized customer experience,” said Venkatesh Iyer, Vice President, North America IoT and Connected Solutions, Global Business Services, IBM. “Introducing enhanced capabilities via the IBM Cloud will enable new services immediately.”