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Safety becomes standard EU mandates ABS for motorcycles Bosch offers solutions for all power output classes

  • EU mandates antilock braking systems from 2016
  • Bosch has manufactured 750,000 systems since the start of series production in 1994
  • ABS can prevent one-quarter of all serious or fatal accidents
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  • March 08, 2013
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Starting from 2016, antilock braking systems (ABS) will be introduced as standard equipment for an increasing number of motorcycles in the EU. At the beginning of March, the European Union passed legislation to this effect, with the objective of further reducing traffic accident figures. In 2011 alone, around 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on Europe's roads. “A standard-fit ABS can prevent more than one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents with personal injuries,” is how Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division, sums up the findings of a Bosch accident study.

Bosch has been manufacturing antilock braking systems for motorcycles since 1994 and has sold around 750,000 systems to date. In 2010, the supplier of technology and services launched a generation of ABS designed specifically for motorcycles. Since then, it has been continuously developing additional functions aimed at improving the system's performance.

Enhanced safety for all motorcycle classes
According to the new EU legislation, it will be mandatory to fit an antilock braking system to all motorcycles that have an engine displacement greater than 125 cc. As of January 1, 2016, this will apply to motorcycles that are granted type approval and, from 2017 onwards, to all newly registered models. In addition, smaller motorized two-wheelers with displacement of 50 cc or more are required to have either ABS or a combined brake system. The latter links the front and rear brakes mechanically, with the result that both wheels are always decelerated during braking. However, this solution does not regulate brake pressure – meaning the wheels can still lock. Following ratification by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers, the regulation has now been published in the EU Official Journal and thus officially come into force.

Bosch offers the right solution for all power output classes
Since 2010, Bosch has been manufacturing what is so far the world's smallest and lightest antilock braking system for motorcycles. From this version of Bosch's brake control system Generation 9, several motorcycle variants are available. Based on a standardized modular design, Bosch offers solutions tailored to each motorcycle manufacturer's requirements. The ABS 9 light, due to be launched in early 2013, is the entry-level variant. It ensures the antilock braking control of the front wheel, making it ideally suited to low-cost motorcycles which have only one hydraulic brake channel. This is often the case in the Asian emerging markets. The Bosch program also includes the ABS 9 base, which offers ABS functionality on both wheels, the ABS 9 plus, and the ABS 9 enhanced with additional eCBS function. With this top-of-the-line variant, the rider simply has to apply either the front or the rear brake: ABS 9 enhanced automatically activates the second brake, without any need to adjust the brake lever or pressure.

Other innovations from the Bosch engineering center for motorcycle safety in Japan will be launched in 2013: early 2013 will see the rollout of a traction control system which improves acceleration on slippery surfaces, along with off-road control, an additional ABS function which adjusts the ABS and traction control settings to the road surface. When negotiating sand or gravel, for instance, this provides greater safety while allowing a more dynamic riding style. Motorcycle stability control will in future ensure optimum safety on high-end motorcycles. “This is the first system to provide support in all braking and accelerating situations – even during cornering,” says Steiger. In order to correctly assess the braking interventions, MSC requires the current lean angle of the motorcycle. This data is provided by the new Bosch SU-MM5.10 lean-angle sensor.

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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