The Bluetooth connected instrument cluster displays incoming call alert, navigation, ride statistics and many other related information
Networking is quite a revolution that is growing day-by-day and also expanding in many fields. Bluetooth enabled networking technology has brought new levels of safety to our roads and more convenience to the driving or riding experience. Bluetooth actually allows hands-free use of communication devices either through the car’s audio system or via wireless headsets, resulting in better sound and control, and a safer way to stay connected on the road.
Navigation assists, turn-by-turn direction, call, and text message alerts are some of the key features of this system. Not only cars but two-wheelers nowadays have also adopted this new feature. Here is the list of eight Indian two-wheelers which get Bluetooth enabled instrument cluster:
1. Hero Xtreme 200S
Price: Rs 98,400 (ex-showroom)
Launched in May 2019 alongside the Hero Xpulse 200, the fully faired Xtreme 200S gets a fully digital LCD instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity. The instrument cluster does not get any dedicated app but offers a turn-by-turn navigation system and call alert once the rider pairs their smartphone with the instrument cluster.
The LCD instrument cluster also offers some other relevant information like a gear position indicator, service reminder tachometer, speedometer, two trip meters, and a digital clock.
2. Hero Xpulse 200
Price: Rs 97,000 (ex-showroom)
The Hero Xpulse 200 is equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity. The instrument cluster offers features like turn-by-turn navigation and call alert besides some other relevant information.
3. Hero Xpulse 200T
Price: Rs 94,000 (ex-showroom)
The Xpulse 200T shares the same full digital instrument cluster with the Xpulse and Xtreme 200S. The rider can connect their smartphone with the instrument cluster via Bluetooth. The instrument cluster offers turn-by-turn navigation and call alerts, besides offering other basic information.
4. Ather 450
Price: Rs 1.28 lakh (ex-showroom)
The electric scooter has a 7-inch touch screen dashboard and an onboard Ather app that brings navigation tools with options of alternative routes and saved locations. Services can also be scheduled via the app, with a doorstep pickup and service facility. The app will also provide notifications on kilometres, vehicle health, battery percentage, and much more. The app will also enable the company to send regular OTA updates to the scooter with new features and functionalities over the course of time.
5. TVS Ntorq 125
Price: Rs 59,995 (disc) (ex-showroom)/ Rs 58,552 (Drum) (ex-showroom)
The TVS Ntorq 125 is quite a popular scooter that comes with a Smart Connect Technology. The Ntorq gets a dedicated app through which the owner can connect their smartphone to the instrument cluster via Bluetooth. Once the Smartphone is connected to the app, it shows an incoming caller name and even text messages.
The technology also has an auto-reply feature as well that can let the caller know when the scooter is on the move. Besides all that, the TVS Ntorq’s instrument cluster also gets a navigation assist as well.
The maps used for the navigation assist system are powered by MapMyIndia in the NTorq’s smartphone app. The turn-by-turn directions are also displayed on the instrument cluster of the two-wheeler once the destination is entered in the navigation section of the app.
6. Aprilia SR 150 Race
Price: Not launched yet
The SR 150 Race (upcoming BS-VI range) will feature a new Bluetooth enabled part-digital and analogue speedometer. The upcoming scooter will come with many useful options among which tracking of the vehicle and locating it in a parking lot are few.
Aprilia Connect app is the software application which will help connect the vehicle to an Android or Apple smartphone via Bluetooth. Navigation, distress button, vehicle tracking are some of the other features that the app will also offer. Users will also be able to enlist some phone numbers in the app as well in case of an emergency. It will also provide the location of the nearest service centre to the rider as well.
7. KTM Duke 390
Price: Rs 2.48 lakh (ex-showroom)
KTM was the first two-wheeler manufacturer who introduced a Smartphone connected instrument cluster in India when they launched the updated 390 Duke in India in 2017. The rider can connect their smartphone via Bluetooth using KTM’s My Ride app. This app will allow the rider to scroll through their music list and play or pause a track whenever they want.
My ride app will also showcase the caller’s name on the display so that they can actually decide whether they should accept or reject the call. Besides this additional feature, the instrument cluster will also display other relevant information like the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter, service reminder, and a digital clock.
8. Revolt RV 400
Price: Rs 1.50 lakh (expected)
The instrument cluster of Revolt RV 400 can be paired with the Revolt app via Bluetooth. With the help of this app, the owner of the bike can not only change the riding modes, but the vehicle can even be started by simply swiping the mobile screen that is connected to the vehicle.
The battery swap and ordering a new battery can also be done via the app as well. The rider can even check the ride statistics, real-time battery usage, and the Geo-fencing options as well.