Press release #Connected mobility

EICMA 2018: Bosch’s two-wheelers and powersports innovations are designed to accommodate future functionalities

  • Bosch is expanding its expertise for a wider range of vehicles: motorcycles, powersports, eScooters and eBikes
  • Bosch technologies make the motorcycle fit for the future – safer, more efficient and fun
Joern Ebberg

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Milan, Italy– 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. For Bosch, all innovative solutions and technologies are another steppingstone toward making the vision of stress-free, accident-free, and nearly emission-free mobility a reality.

Highlights at the Bosch booth (Booth G55, Hall 13):

Advanced rider assistance systems:
According to Bosch accident research estimates, radar-based assistance systems could prevent one in seven motorcycle accidents. These electronic assistants are always vigilant and, in emergencies, they respond more quickly than people can. The technology underpinning these systems is a combination of radar sensor, brake system, engine management, and HMI (Human Machine Interface). Giving motorcycles radar as a sensory organ enables these new motorcycle assistance and safety functions while providing an accurate picture of the vehicle’s surroundings.

Functionalities of the Bosch advanced rider assistance systems:

ACC (adaptive cruise control)
Riding in heavy traffic and maintaining the correct distance to the vehicle in front takes a great deal of concentration and is strenuous over longer periods. ACC adjusts the vehicle speed to the flow of traffic and maintains the necessary safe following distance. This can effectively prevent rear-end collisions caused by driving too close to the vehicle in front. And not only does ACC offer riders more convenience, it also allows them to concentrate more on the road, particularly in high-density traffic.

Forward collision warning
In road traffic, even the briefest lapse in concentration can have serious consequences. Bosch has developed a collision warning system for motorcycles to reduce the risk of a rear-end collision or to mitigate its consequences. The system is active as soon as the vehicle starts and it supports the rider in all relevant speed ranges. If the system detects that another vehicle is dangerously close and the rider does not react to the situation, it warns the rider by way of an acoustic or optical signal.

Blind-spot detection
This system keeps a lookout in all directions to help motorcyclists change lanes safely. A radar sensor serves as the blind-spot recognition system’s electronic eye, registering objects in hard-to-see areas. Whenever there is a vehicle in the rider’s blind spot, the technology warns them by way of an optical signal, for example in the rear-view mirror.

ABS (antilock braking system) evolution: from eBikes to powersports:

Since 1984, Bosch has continuously developed motorcycle ABS technology, and produced the smaller, lighter design with enhanced performance to increase riding safety for all riders of motorcycles in every region. Worldwide, an increasing number of countries, including the European Union, Japan, India, Taiwan, and Brazil are mandating motorcycle ABS or applying it in the near future. Nowadays, this safety system is not only for motorcycles but also for a wider range of vehicles such as powersports vehicles and eBikes.

Bosch has launched 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. This reduces the braking distance as well as the risk of crashing and rollovers. According to 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.

By the end of 2018, ABS for pedelecs will become commercially available on selected models. For powersports vehicles, in cooperation with BRP, Bosch has realized the world’s first application of ABS on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The BRP Outlander and Renegade models brought out in 2018 and 2019 are equipped with the Bosch ABS system.

Solutions for electromobility:

Mobility solutions for the urban environment must be flexible, affordable, and most importantly highly efficient. With the powertrain solutions from Bosch, bicycles, scooters, motorbikes, and three-wheelers can be electrified. Besides end customer vehicles, this can also be applied to commercial applications. Two commercial solutions are shown on this year’s EICMA: the e-cargo bike up to 25 km/h and the e-cargo tricycle up to 45 km/h. Electromobility solutions for Bosch cover more than just powertrain systems. As a part of Bosch’s integrated eScooter system, an app integrates vehicle information, connected functions, and social networking in two interfaces: range and compass modes. Riders can easily manage trips by this friendly and minimalistic design focusing on the users’ needs for the specific situation.

Additional topics at the Bosch booth:

New MSC Motorcycle Stability Control enhanced system:

The new enhanced motorcycle stability control system is available as a semi or full integral system. The box volume was reduced by 35 % and weight by 20 % compared to the previous generation 9 unit. This reduces the installation effort for the motorcycle manufacturer and enables the installation on smaller motorcycles. The unit utilizes state of the art passenger car technologies and was designed to accommodate future functionalities such as advanced rider assistance systems. Its global premiere will be at the Bosch booth.

Engine management systems:

Electronic engine management systems are the core of efficient and economical technology, which allows two-wheelers to fulfill future emissions regulations such as Euro 5 and BS 6 (Bharat stage 6) including OBD l/ll. In combination with highly developed sensor technology, engine management systems have achieved considerable increases in efficiency compared to conventional carburetor systems and can reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 16 % (depending on the situation). The control unit is the main component of the new engine management system. This small computer analyzes all the data from the powertrain sensors and adjusts among other things, ignition timing and fuel injection quantity. To address the future emission regulations like Bharat Stage 6 in India, Bosch has also developed a new mini heated Lambda sensor which is specially designed for two-wheeler applications. Lambda measures the oxygen content in the exhaust gas and helps in optimizing the air/fuel-ratio.The M12 thread and the optimum protection tube design allows compact installation, with optimized heater power for two-wheelers. The planned life time is about 100,000 km. The new mini heated lambda sensor will go into series production in 2019.

Integrated connectivity cluster with mySPIN:

Advanced rider assistance systems require a user focused HMI (human machine interface) to visualize the functionalities for motorcycle riders. Bosch’s integrated connectivity cluster combines traditional instrumentation with a wide range of infotainment features in a single device. The integrated connectivity cluster connects to the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth, and through intuitive controls on the handlebar, the riders are effortlessly able to make and receive phone calls, access their contact lists and listen to music.The mySPIN – smartphone integration solution enables further functionalities. It enables riders to bring riders’ smartphone content to their motorcycle, scooter, or powersports vehicle. This provides all vehicle manufacturers with an open platform featuring an extensive range of options. mySPIN also has the potential to leverage the expertise of key third party apps, for its usage simplicity and its capacity to minimize distractions, thus increasing riding comfort and convenience.

Contact person for press inquiries:
Marco Gardenale
Phone: +39 2 36962511

Bosch at the EICMA 2018

  • Press conference: Tuesday, November 6, 2018,
    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.

    with Geoff Liersch, Head of the Bosch Two-Wheeler and Powersports business unit at the Bosch booth G55, in Hall 13.

Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, it generated sales of 56.3 billion euros in 2023, and thus contributed almost 60 percent of total sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s 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 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. 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. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

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