This really isn't a surprise since Indian is owned by Polaris, so of course, it makes sense for them to share the technology. That means Indians equipped with Ride Command will get the same improvements to smartphone integrations and remote ride planning as the Slingshot. By no means is this a bad thing. On the contrary, Ride Command is already one of the best motorcycle infotainment systems out there. These improvements simply take an already good system and make it that much better.
"We continually focus on enhancing the rider experience," said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. "Our industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system is an easy-to-use platform that enables us to continually expand features with exciting new software updates. Pre-ride route planning and remote vehicle data accessibility are features our riders have asked for, and we’re excited to deliver these technologies."
Many riders already pre-plan their rides electronically, then drop them into a standalone GPS to guide them through their trip. Now you can let your fingers do the walking through Ride Command the night before, then upload the route to your bike to show you the way without the need for any other navigation system.
The data synchronization doesn't stop there, though. The Ride Command app, available for both Android and iPhone, also lets you view vehicle data, including fuel level, oil life, tire pressure, and battery charge. You can also track rides, view service recommendations, and log your maintenance. Your Indian may look like a classic ride, but its technology is definitely from the 21st century.
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ANNOUNCES RIDE-ENHANCING TECHNOLOGIES FOR INDUSTRY-LEADING RIDE COMMAND® INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
New Software Update & Mobile App Offer Online Route Planning with Wireless Bike Transfer & Remote Vehicle Information Accessibility
MINNEAPOLIS (November 30, 2018) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, continues to enhance its rider experience with the announcement of an all-new Ride Command® mobile phone app and software update. Ride Command is the largest, fastest, most customizable system on two wheels, featuring an industry-leading, glove-compatible, seven-inch touchscreen. Its latest software updates allow riders to easily plan ride routes via a desktop platform, while an all-new Ride Command mobile app wirelessly transfers the directions to the bike’s navigation system and provides remote accessibility to key vehicle information.
Owners can update their Ride Command by visiting a local dealership or by quickly downloading the software to a USB drive at RideCommand.IndianMotorcycle.com. The website also serves as the platform for riders to plan ride routes with up to 100 waypoints. The point-by-point directions can then be wirelessly transferred to the bike using the Ride Command mobile app and a Bluetooth® connection to the infotainment system. The pairing of these new technologies allows riders to view vehicle data, including fuel level, oil life, tire pressure & battery charge remotely on their mobile device. Riders can also track rides, view service recommendations and log maintenance within the mobile app. The Ride Command mobile app can be downloaded for free in the Apple Store and Google Play.
“We continually focus on enhancing the rider experience,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Our industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system is an easy-to-use platform that enables us to continually expand features with exciting new software updates. Pre-ride route planning and remote vehicle data accessibility are features our riders have asked for, and we’re excited to deliver these technologies.”
Riders can set push notifications within the Ride Command mobile app and receive alerts for important service reminders. The app also tracks rides and allows riders to conveniently share completed or planned rides with friends on Facebook.
Riders can further update their Ride Command by downloading the free 2018 map updates at the Ride Command website or via a local dealer. New Chieftain and Roadmaster owners receive three years of complimentary map updates.
The new Ride Command updates further expand Indian Motorcycle’s ride-enhancing technologies announced earlier this year, as the 2019 Chieftain lineup and the 2019 Roadmaster are equipped with three selectable ride modes and rear cylinder deactivation for improved rider comfort when traveling at slower speeds. Pricing for the 2019 models begin at $21,999 for the Chieftain, $24,999 for the Chieftain Classic, and $25,999 for the Chieftain Dark Horse and Chieftain Limited. Roadmaster pricing starts at $28,999.