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EICMA International Motorcycle Show 2015 Bosch: bits and bytes for more relaxed motorcycling

  • New ABS value added function “vehicle hold control” to debut in Ducati’s new Multistrada 1200 Enduro
  • Hoheisel: “We’re using software to make riding a motorcycle more relaxed”
  • Vehicle hold control makes handling heavy bikes easier
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  • November 17, 2015
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Milan, Italy/Stuttgart, Germany – Motorcycle ABS does more than save lives. Bosch is also using it as the basis for realizing additional and beneficial functions, which are programmed into the ABS control unit by means of smart algorithms. “We’re using software to make riding a motorcycle more relaxed,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH whose responsibilities include the Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit. The latest example of an ABS value-added function for motorcycles to emerge from Bosch is its “vehicle hold control” electrohydraulic parking brake. By preventing the bike from rolling away when it comes to a stop on an incline or a flat surface, this function saves the rider from having to continuously engage the hand or foot brake. Ducati is offering Bosch’s new function as a standard feature on its Multistrada 1200 Enduro, which will have its market debut in 2016.

Vehicle hold control makes handling heavy motorcycles easier
Vehicle hold control represents a further improvement of the hill hold control function. To activate the function while stopped, all the rider needs to do is quickly pull the hand brake lever or step on the foot brake. The ABS then memorizes how much brake pressure is needed and applies it to the rear wheel, thus holding the motorcycle safely in place. On the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the vehicle hold control function stays activated for around ten seconds. When this time is up, the rider is warned before the brake is automatically and slowly released. The rider can also deactivate the vehicle hold control function at any time or override it by driving off. Particularly when it comes to heavy bikes, the vehicle hold control function makes handling easier – not only when starting on a slope.

Bosch’s two-channel ABS based on electronic combined braking system
The vehicle hold control function works on the basis of Bosch’s ABS enhanced, a two-channel antilock braking system with an electronic combined braking system. When the rider applies the front brake, ABS enhanced automatically engages the rear brake as well and distributes the brake pressure optimally between the front and rear wheels. ABS enhanced is also the basis for Bosch’s MSC enhanced, the motorcycle stability control which is used in the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro. A type of ESP for two-wheelers, MSC automatically adjusts brake pressure depending on the riding situation.

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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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