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WIRED R&D FOR KTM IN GERMANY

KTM has opened a new motorcycle electronics R&D centre in the German town of Rosenheim, as an outpost from its main R&D department in Mattighofen, Austria. This will benefit from close proximity to a local higher education institution with the resulting pool of experts – a key criterion when selecting its location. The facility covers 438 sq metres and can accommodate up to 30 employees.

Focus will be on taking ideas to preliminary development, prototype design and the implementation of new processes right through to innovative concepts, according KTM head of R&D Philipp Habsburg. In particular, it will develop systems that facilitate digital connectivity between rider and bike, and following on from that, interconnected vehicles for long-term accident prevention.

Commenting on the centre’s opening, Habsburg added: “As a premium manufacturer in the motorcycle segment, we place particular emphasis on the area of research and development. New products and the constant implementation of technical innovations enable us to meet the high expectations of our customers and open up new markets on a long-term basis.”

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