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EICMA International Motorcycle Show 2015 Bosch innovations offer more safety, convenience, efficiency, and fun on motorcycles

  • Connectivity systems: connected solutions for more convenience
  • Assistance systems: greater safety on two wheels
  • Powertrain systems and electrification: more fun, lower fuel consumption
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  • November 05, 2015
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Milan/Stuttgart – EICMA 2015 marks the first presentation of Bosch's new Two-wheeler & Powersports business unit, established in April of this year. The division brings together all the motorcycle expertise to be found across the technology and services company. The Two-wheeler & Powersports unit takes Bosch product developments and services for cars and derives from them new, useful solutions for tomorrow's motorcycles. You can find Bosch at booth O62 in hall 13.

Connectivity systems: connected solutions for more convenience
Connectivity control unit: The Bosch CCU connectivity control unit connects motorcycles with for instance the cloud. This makes it possible to implement functions such as eCall, the automatic emergency call service that will be mandatory in all new passenger-car and light-truck models throughout the EU from April 2018. If the motorcycle is involved in an accident, eCall automatically places an emergency call, ensuring help arrives more quickly. The CCU also provides riders with useful information on issues such as potential danger spots on the roads and can help track down a stolen motorbike.

Integrated connectivity cluster: The ICC integrated connectivity cluster is a rider information system developed especially for motorcycles that features variable display sizes and resolutions. Thanks to the latest technology, it is easy to read in all situation. Along with a Bluetooth interface, the ICC features the mySPIN smartphone integration solution. This connects the smartphone with the vehicle and means apps can be controlled via the ICC. In addition, riders can view dynamic trip and vehicle data such as route details, their lean angle, and their speed in bends.

Assistance systems: greater safety on two wheels
ABS10: Motorcycle ABS10, which Bosch will launch next year, is smaller and lighter. Compared to the current ABS9, Bosch engineers have managed to reduce the weight of the antilock braking system 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 especially suitable for use in small motorcycles with up to 250cc displacement – a segment that is both price-sensitive and popular in emerging markets. ABS enables riders to brake without fear and thus more quickly and with more power. During an emergency braking maneuver, it stops the wheels from locking. This means the bike remains stable, making it easier to avoid a fall.

Front ABS: Bosch is already offering increased safety at a low cost for motorcycles in emerging markets with its generation 9 front ABS. This system uses a single hydraulic brake channel to control just the front wheel, ensuring that it does not lock during braking.

MSC motorcycle stability control: MSC motorcycle stability control is a type of ESP for motorcycles. By monitoring two-wheeler parameters such as lean angle, the system can instantaneously adjust its electronic braking and acceleration interventions to suit the current riding status. In this way, the Bosch system can prevent the bike from lowsiding or righting itself when braking in bends, which is where the majority of motorcycle accidents occur.

Side view assist: With side view assist, Bosch has developed the world's first surround sensor-based assistance system for motorized two-wheelers. The system relies on four surround sensors with ultrasonic technology to help motorcyclists change lanes safely. These sensors monitor the areas on either side of the bike that are hard or impossible to see with the mirrors up to a distance of five meters. Whenever there is a vehicle in the rider's blind spot, the technology warns them by way of an optical signal close to the mirror, so they can for example avoid a collision when changing lanes.

Vehicle hold control: Bosch makes handling heavy bikes easier with its vehicle hold control, an ABS value added function which is programmed into the ABS control unit by means of smart algorithms. 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. The value added function function works on the basis of Bosch's ABS enhanced with electronic combining braking system, which is also the basis for Bosch's MSC enhanced, the motorcycle stability control.

Powertrain systems and electrification: more fun, lower fuel consumption
Electronic engine management: Compared with the mechanically controlled carburetor, and depending on the situation, Bosch electronic engine management can reduce fuel consumption by up to 16 percent. This also significantly reduces emissions and conserves valuable resources. The control unit is at the core of the new engine management system. This small computer analyzes all the data from the powertrain: from the ignition to the amount of fuel.

E-scooter powertrain: The secret behind the Bosch e-scooter powertrain is an all-electric wheel-hub motor and an electronic control unit. Despite having an output of just 1.8 kilowatts, an electronically controlled boost function means that the motor packs a punch. The motor and the control unit are currently offered only in China, by far the biggest market for electric scooters. On Chinese roads alone, there are already 120 million scooters powered solely by electricity.

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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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