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Decade of smarter motorcycles will cut crashes

  • Urbanisation will change motorcycles as we know them
  • Bosch tech will make motorcycles fit for the future
  • Light electric vehicles will reduce complexity and cost
HIGH-TECH BIKING: Electronics giant Bosch is focusing on improving motorcycle connectivity to eliminate many riding hazards. Image: Bosch / Newspress
HIGH-TECH BIKING: Electronics giant Bosch is focusing on improving motorcycle connectivity to eliminate many riding hazards. Image: Bosch / Newspress

MILAN, Italy – Megatrends such as urbanisation and Earth-friendly sustainability are apparently about to fundamentally change mobility and the use of motorcycles.

Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the Bosch management board, told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “Bosch technology will make motorcycles fit for the future – first by making them safer, second by making their power trains more efficient.”

Bosch’s vision, he explained, was to make future mobility collision-, stress-, and emissions-free – and that included motorcycles. There is said to be growing demand for two-wheelers: by 2021 annual global production is expected to reach about 160-million – a third more than 2017.

BILLION-EURO SALES BY 2020

Bosch explained: “This makes motorcycle technology a remarkable driver for business. Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit in Yokohama, Japan, continues to gain momentum. The business unit has registered sales growth of more than 20% over 2016.”

Bosch is set to reach a billion euros in sales by 2020 through motorcycle technology covering riding assistance systems, connectivity solutions, and modern powertrain and electrification systems for two-wheelers.”

Vehicle connectivity is set to become the next step in the evolution of riding safety and one of Bosch’s goals is to make motorcycling accident-free, starting with electric bikes…

ABS COULD CUT CRASHES BY 25%

Hoheisel again: “With the market’s first production anti-lock braking system for eBikes the success story of Bosch assistance systems for two-wheelers continues.

“This system reduces braking distance and the chance of front-wheel lock throwing the rider over the handlebars. One of our accident research studies showed that ABS could prevent about a quarter of bike crashes.

“Bosche, as the world’s leading motorcycle technology supplier, has made motorcycle assistance systems such as ABS, vehicle stability control, and side-view alerts market features – yet the possibilities for developing technology for safer riding have by no means been exhausted.

“Our vision is to use connectivity to prevent collisions.”

MILLIONS OF E-SCOOTERS BY 2020

Bosch says it is creating motorcycle connectivity to communicate with other vehicles, the surrounding infrastructure, and other road users – “it allows motorcycles and cars to talk to each other”.

  • Sensors will detect an approaching motorcycle so the driver will be alerted to adopt a more defensive driving strategy.
  • Connected riders will be able look around the next bend for hazards.
  • By 2025 more than 70% of new motorcycles worldwide will be connected.

Electromobility will, Bosch says, grow by about 40%: “Studies indicate that some 100-million e-scooters will be produced worldwide by 2020. Hoheisel explained: “Electro-mobility will take off much more rapidly in small-vehicle segments. Small electric vehicles have a bright future, worldwide.”

Bosch says it is stepping up its electric-vehicle efforts and so continuing to improve combustion engines with electronic management solutions while still meeting the demand for the latest functionalities and improved performance.

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