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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.


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…


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.”


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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