- 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
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.