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EICMA 2017: How Bosch is taking the motorcycle into the future

Bosch’s two-wheeler and powersports business is growing twice as fast as the market

  • Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the Bosch board of management: “Megatrends such as urbanization and sustainability will fundamentally change mobility and the motorcycle as we know it today.”
  • Bosch is set to reach sales of one billion euros with motorcycle technologies
  • Bosch technologies make the motorcycle fit for the future: first by making it safer, second by making its powertrain more efficient
  • Tiny titans: Bosch’s powertrain system for light electric vehicles reduces complexity and cost – for manufacturers and thus also for anyone who wants to drive electrically through their city
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Milan – “Megatrends such as urbanization and sustainability will fundamentally change mobility and the motorcycle as we know it today” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “Bosch technologies make the motorcycle fit for the future: first by making it safer, second by making its powertrain more efficient.” Bosch’s vision is to make the mobility of the future accident-free, stress-free, and emissions-free – and this goes for motorcycles as well.

Whether as a transportation option for the emerging mass markets or as an element of multimodal mobility in megacities: two-wheelers are increasingly in demand. By 2021, the annual global production of two-wheelers is forecast to reach around 160 million units – one-third more than today. This makes motorcycle technology a remarkable driver for business. Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit, based in Yokohama, Japan, continues to gain momentum in the important global motorcycle and powersports market. The business unit has registered sales growth of more than 20 percent compared to

2016 − twice as fast as the market. And by 2020, Bosch is set to reach sales of one billion euros with motorcycle technologies. The company offers assistance systems, connectivity solutions, and modern powertrain and electrification systems for two-wheelers and powersport vehicles.

Connectivity: the next step in the evolution of riding safety

One of Bosch’s goals is to make riding accident-free. At Bosch, two-wheeler safety starts right from the e-bike. With the market’s first production antilock braking system for eBikes, the success-story of Bosch assistance systems for two-wheelers continues. With this system, the braking distance can be shortened and the risk of flipping over the handlebars is reduced. According to a Bosch accident research study, around one-fourth of pedelec accidents could be reduced if all bicycles were equipped with the ABS system. As the world’s leading supplier of motorcycle technology, Bosch has made motorcycle assistance systems such as ABS, MSC (motorcycle stability control), and side view assist a firm feature in the market. Yet the possibilities for developing innovative technology for safer riding have by no means been exhausted: “Our vision for the future is to use connectivity to prevent accidents from happening in the first place,” Hoheisel says.

Technologies for automated and connected driving are taking the development of cars forward at an incredible pace; if motorcycles are to overcome the challenges related to future mobility, they need to have access to the same technology,

Hoheisel says.

For this reason, Bosch is creating connectivity systems that allow riders to communicate with vehicles, the infrastructure, and other road users in general, like the digital protection shield. It allows motorcycles and cars to talk to each other. Long before drivers or their vehicles’ sensors catch sight of a motorcycle, this technology informs them that a motorcycle is approaching, allowing them to adopt a more defensive driving strategy. Another solution which allows the rider to be connected and safe is the connected horizon; riders can look around the next bend and get advance warning of possible hazards. By 2025, more than 70 percent of newly registered motorcycles worldwide will be connected.

Small size, big impact

It is not only connectivity that is continuing to pick up pace at Bosch, but also electromobility. In the years ahead, the market for light electric vehicles like eScooters is expected to grow by about 40 percent. Studies indicate that some 100 million such vehicles will be manufactured worldwide by 2020. “Electromobility will take off much more rapidly in small-vehicle segments. Small electric vehicles have a bright future, worldwide,” Hoheisel says. This is why Bosch has developed scalable powertrain systems that enable the electrification of light vehicles on four, three, or two wheels, such as the Govecs eSchwalbe or the AIMA eScooter. The systems comprise a motor, control unit, battery, charger, display (HMI), and connectivity box, as well as an interactive app that connects the rider’s smartphone with the vehicle. Bosch’s electrified powertrain solutions are scalable across all performance classes between 0.25 and 20 kW. Vehicle manufacturers benefit from a comprehensive systems solution that can be quickly integrated, and that also means less development effort. This reduces complexity, variants, and cost – for manufacturers and thus also for anyone who wants to drive electrically through their city. One further advantage: the small vehicles not only reduce emissions, but noise as well.

While Bosch is stepping up its efforts related to electrified mobility, it is also continuing to improve the combustion engine with electronic engine management solutions. These allow two-wheelers and powersport vehicles to satisfy the latest emissions regulations, such as Euro 5 and BS 6 (Bharat stage), and can reduce CO2 emissions, while still meeting the demand for the latest functionalities and improved performance.

EXPERIENCE BOSCH AT THE EICMA 2017: Whether smart assistance systems, connectivity solutions, or new energy for the powertrain: Bosch has the right solutions for the motorcycles and powersport vehicles of the future. At the EICMA 2017, Bosch will be presenting its latest solutions in each of these three spheres at booth G62 in hall 13.

More information:
http://www.bosch-mobility-solutions.com/en/company/trade-fairs-and-events/eicma

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2016, its sales came to 43.9 billion euros, or 60 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 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. 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.” 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 nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

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