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Milestone for two-wheeler safety One million motorcycles fitted with Bosch ABS Antilock braking system has been made in Japan since 1994

  • ABS can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents
  • Modular systems approach for all types of motorcycle
  • Development at competence center for two-wheeler safety in Japan
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  • November 05, 2013
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For many people, nothing beats motorcycling as a leisure activity. For many more people in the emerging markets, by contrast, it is often the only motorized way of getting from A to B. The Bosch ABS antilock braking system is an effective means of significantly improving safety on two wheels. Summing up the benefits of the system, Dr Gerhard Steiger, the president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division, says: “When braking hard on a slippery surface, ABS prevents the wheels from locking up, which would inevitably mean taking a spill.” In Tochigi, Japan, the one-millionth Bosch safety system has now come off the production line. On the basis of its current Generation 9, Bosch has the right system for any motorbike: from the front-wheel ABS for mass markets such as India, China, and Asean, to the MSC motorcycle stability control. Currently being rolled out, this system allows the riders of high-performance motorbikes to hit the brakes even when leaning hard into a bend.

Bosch started to develop motorcycle ABS at the end of the 1980s, basing it on the system designed for passenger cars. The first systems finally rolled off the production line in 1994. They were installed in Suzuki police bikes in Japan. In the following years, volumes grew only slowly. This changed in 2009. First of all, interest in safety technology picked up and, second, Bosch launched its new flagship Generation 9. For the first time, this was a solution that was not derived from passenger-car technology, but instead developed specifically for use in motorcycles. The result was high performance at half the size and weight of the predecessor generation. Demand exceeded all expectations. As a result, production has risen by an annual average of more than 50 percent since 2009. In 2013 alone, roughly 350,000 systems have been manufactured. Now, every fourth motorcycle made in Europe has ABS on board. “There is currently no sign that this dynamic growth will end,” Steiger says, clearly proud of the success of his team, which has constantly honed these systems at the competence center for two-wheeler safety in Japan since 2007.

Accident analyses confirm safety gain
A look at the accident statistics confirms that ABS makes motorcycling safer. For example, the German accident statistics database GIDAS shows that one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents could be prevented if ABS were standard. The severity of a further one-third of these accidents could be mitigated by the antilock braking system. “Nearly every second fatal motorcycle accident happens in a bend,” Steiger says. This illustrates the additional potential of the MSC motorcycle stability control. At the end of 2013, this world-first will go into series production at KTM, in its 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R models. When controlling braking pressure, this new system also considers the motorbike's lean angle.

Bosch has solutions for every type of motorcycle
Because Bosch has given its ABS Generation 9 a modular configuration, variants can be created with differing functional scopes. The front-wheel ABS 9 light is a cost-effective solution that is especially suitable for countries such as India, where there is a demand for robust, simple systems for low-cost two-wheelers. In many Asian countries, even the rear wheels of motorcycles with engine displacements of 250 ccm and above are braked by a mechanical cable brake. The Bosch front-wheel ABS therefore controls the front wheel only. The ABS 9 base variant offers a complete antilock function on both wheels. As a result, sudden changes in surface conditions, such as grit or oil spills, are no longer daunting for the rider. ABS 9 plus is especially suitable for high-performance machines. Using an additional pressure sensor, it intervenes even when braking pressure is being built up. Together with an integrated rear wheel lift-up detection function, this is a significant improvement over the ABS 9 base. At the top of the range, there is ABS 9 enhanced. This offers an additional “eCBS” function, or electronic combined brake system. Bosch uses this term to describe a novel combination of front- and rear-wheel brake. In this integrated version, the driver can apply either brake, front or back: ABS 9 enhanced automatically activates the other brake without the rider having to exert more force and without brake pressure changing.

Finally, MSC motorcycle stability control offers a previously unrivaled level of safety. Building on the ABS 9 enhanced, it also features the SU-MMS5.10 lean-angle sensor. It provides comprehensive data on current riding conditions, including yaw rate, pitch angle, and lean angle. MSC can use this data as a basis for adjusting engine and braking power during acceleration and braking, so that the motorbike always remains stable. As a result, braking hard – especially in bends – is no longer such a daunting prospect.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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