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EICMA International Motorcycle Show 2015 Bosch presents new generation of its motorcycle ABS Focus on emerging markets

  • New motorcycle ABS10 is up to 30 percent lighter than current ABS9
  • Cost-effective solution for price-sensitive small motorcycle segment
  • Hoheisel: “We are bringing ABS technology to all vehicle classes and markets”
  • ABS can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents resulting in casualties
  • More and more developing markets are mandating motorcycle ABS
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  • November 17, 2015
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Milan/Stuttgart – Shorter braking distances, fewer accidents, greater safety – ABS makes riding a motorcycle safer. “ABS can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents resulting in casualties,” says Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, quoting from GIDAS, the German In-Depth Accident Study. Bosch will be presenting a new generation of its motorcycle antilock braking system at the EICMA trade show in Milan (November 19–22). Launching next year, the latest version of this life-saving technology has been designed with the needs of emerging markets like India and Indonesia in mind. ABS10 is smaller and lighter than previous versions: compared to the current ABS9, Bosch engineers have managed to reduce the weight by almost 30 percent and the size by almost 45 percent. As well as optimizing size and weight, Bosch focused on reducing costs. As a result, the system is now also suitable for use in small motorcycles with up to 250cc displacement – a segment that is both price-sensitive and popular in emerging markets. “We are bringing our ABS technology to all vehicle classes and markets,” Hoheisel says.

Motorcycle market growing – especially in emerging markets
More than one in three new motorcycles manufactured in Europe is now fitted with ABS. In emerging markets, however, the safety system has always been a fringe issue to date. But in many Asian countries – such as India, Indonesia, and Thailand – low-cost motorcycles count as the most important means of transportation. It is for this target group that Bosch has developed the new, smaller generation of ABS comprising a one-channel and a two-channel solution. “In the next five years, we are expecting significant growth in the market for motorcycle safety systems. A major driver of this is growing demand in emerging markets. Our new, cost-effective ABS10 greatly increases safety for motorcyclists in these regions,” Hoheisel says.

Accident analyses in Thailand and Indonesia show that ABS saves lives
Evidence of the extent to which motorcycle ABS increases safety can be found in accident analyses conducted in Indonesia and Thailand. Each year some 21,000 people die in motorcycle accidents in these two countries. Studies show that roughly one in four accidents could have been prevented with the help of ABS. The antilock braking system enables riders to brake without fear, so they react more quickly and with more power. For example, it prevents the front wheel from locking during an emergency braking maneuver. This means the motorcycle remains stable, making it easier to avoid a fall. Even in many unavoidable accidents, the safety system would have helped minimize injuries and save lives. This is primarily through a reduction in the speed of impact. Another study from India concludes that motorcycle ABS could prevent one in three motorcycle accidents outside built-up areas in the country. It would reduce the speed of impact in a further 16 percent of accidents.

Worldwide, ever more countries are promoting motorcycle ABS
These figures amply demonstrate the safety benefits of fitting motorcycle ABS. The benefit has already been recognized in the European Union. As of 2017, all newly registered motorized two-wheelers with more than 125cc displacement throughout the EU must be fitted with an antilock braking system. In Japan, ABS will be mandatory from October 2018 for new type approvals for motorcycles with more than 125cc. In emerging markets such as Brazil and Taiwan, too, laws mandating ABS in the future have already been passed. The issue is also on the political agenda in India and the United States. “We welcome the decisions around the world to make ABS standard. This will greatly reduce the number
of motorcycle accidents,” Hoheisel says.

Bosch ABS solutions for all kinds of motorized two-wheelers
Bosch offers ABS solutions to suit all kinds of motorized two-wheelers. Since the mid-1990s, the supplier of technology and services has manufactured more than two million antilock braking systems for motorcycles. Bosch already offers a cost-effective solution here: last spring, Indian manufacturer Bajaj began offering Generation 9 front ABS – a one-channel solution for motorcycles with hydraulic brakes only on the front wheel – as an optional feature in the Pulsar RS 200. The versatility of the motorcycle ABS range is one of the reasons that Bosch received India’s Car & Bike Award in the Technology of the Year category at the end of January. Piaggio has also opted for the Bosch front ABS system in its Liberty ABS, the new motor-scooter generation just launched in the Vietnamese market.

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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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