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Bosch launches ABS for pedelec users

  • Improved safety thanks to Bosch eBike ABS
  • More efficient braking resulting in more stable eBiking
  • Introductory phase with selected fleet partners starting Autumn 2017
Tamara Winograd

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Stuttgart/Reutlingen – Pedelec biking is about to become safer than ever. Bosch, the leading producer of motorbike safety systems, is now about to launch the market’s first series-produced anti-lock braking system for eBikes. Due to this new development it will be possible to prevent the pedelec’s front wheel from locking up and also to limit the lifting of the rear wheel – thanks to an intelligent and innovative system. In this way the braking distance can be shortened and the risk of falling over the handlebars is reduced. According to a study carried out by Bosch's Accident Research Division, pedelec accidents could be reduced by as much as 25 percent if all bikes were equipped with the ABS system. The Bosch eBike ABS will be available from Autumn 2017 onwards – initially for selected fleet partners. Series production for trekking and city eBikes provided with the Bosch drive system is planned for Autumn 2018.

Bosch studies: fewer accidents thanks to eBike ABS
Every year more and more people are opting for the pedelec. In Germany alone, roughly three million cyclists are currently using electric assistance. As Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems, explains: "In order to establish this modern form of mobility for the longer term, safety is a pivotal factor for eBikers and their environment." Two studies undertaken by Bosch Accident Research indicate that the accident rate can be reduced if the pedelec is equipped with an anti-lock braking system.
In the first study, researchers examined more than 500 bicycle accidents in Germany. Their main finding: With the correct braking behaviour, many accidents can be avoided – or their consequences alleviated. They found that in 20 percent of cycling accidents the rider had fallen before the actual collision occurred. Many of these falls were the result of an incorrect braking response (or a failure to brake). ABS ensures more stable and more effectively controlled braking when critical situations arise.
The second study, based on data from more than 5,400 bicycle collisions and falls, also confirms that no braking took place in up to 75 percent of collisions. This is where ABS systems can be invaluable. According to the accident researchers, almost a quarter of pedelec accidents could be avoided through the use of ABS. Moreover, the number of accidents with severe injuries could be reduced further, they found. Fleischer is convinced that "the introduction of a system of this type can improve road safety in the longer term."

Efficient braking with the Bosch eBike ABS
State-of-the-art, high performance braking systems optimise braking behaviour and reduce braking distances. The Bosch eBike ABS combines front-wheel ABS with a rear wheel lift-off regulator, thus increasing safety substantially. By regulating the braking pressure of the front brake during critical braking manoeuvres, the situation for the biker is stabilised and the risk of falling off is significantly reduced.
Fleischer adds: "With front-wheel ABS, wheel speed sensors monitor the speed of both wheels. As soon as the front wheel threatens to lock up, for example in the event of a brake application which is too strong, the Bosch eBike ABS regulates the braking pressure and thus optimises the stability and manoeuvrability of the eBike." This is a decisive advantage, especially on slippery road surfaces or on loose, wet terrain as it means that the pedelec can be slowed down carefully and brought to a standstill.
The rear wheel lift-off regulator in the Bosch eBike ABS ensures that the rear wheel stays on the ground in the event of extreme overbraking, especially on a surface with good grip or on descents. Wheel speed sensors detect when the rear wheel is lifting and adjusts the application of the front-wheel brake. Fleischer: "The Bosch eBike ABS reduces the braking force at the front wheel briefly, with the result that the rear wheel quickly regains contact with the ground. This lessens the probability that the eBiker will fall head-first." Thanks to this regulating function, the front-wheel brake can be used actively and efficiently.

Development and technological partnerships
When developing the eBike ABS, Bosch has made use of its in-depth know-how, its many years' expertise and long-established technology partnerships. Bosch has been manufacturing anti-lock braking systems for motorbikes since 1995. Since 2007, the systems have been developed in the Bosch Competence Center for two-wheeler safety in Japan. Bosch eBike Systems has been able to use elements of the motorbike ABS in the eBike ABS – specially adapted to suit the riding and braking habits of pedelec users. The company's partner for the development of brake technologies is Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG (Magura). Bosch has been working closely with this firm for a number of years in such areas as the supply of spare parts and accessories, service hotlines, warranty claim processing and training courses for salesmen. The Bosch eBike ABS will be launched with the CMe-ABS, which has been specially developed by Magura.

Selected fleet partners start trial phase
During the introductory phase from autumn 2017 onwards, selected fleet partners will be the first users of pedelecs with Bosch eBike ABS. The system will then be available at retailers starting autumn 2018. Initially the Bosch eBike ABS will be installed only on trekking and city bikes with 28" rims. The eBikes for fleets are equipped with the Performance Line (Cruise and Speed) combined with the Intuvia display.

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Bosch eBike Systems is shaping the future of eBike mobility with innovative products and digital services ranging from highly efficient drive systems to the first production-ready ABS for eBikes and Connected Biking solutions. On the daily routes through the city, on leisurely rides through the countryside or for sporting adventures in the mountains: Bosch eBike Systems offers eBikers the right drive system (drive unit, battery, display, and app) for every requirement and every area of use, ensuring a unique riding sensation. Today, more than 100 of the world's leading bicycle brands trust the perfectly coordinated, modular product portfolio. As an independent division within the Bosch Group, Bosch eBike Systems also makes use of the Group's technology and manufacturing expertise. For healthy, safe and sustainable mobility that is fun.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of 88.2 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. 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 facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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