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New premium Lock function makes pedelecs less attractive to thieves

  • Digital solutions compliment classic anti-theft measures
  • Function deactivates motor support when the Kiox display is disconnected
  • Now available with the Kiox on-board computer
Tamara Winograd

Tamara Winograd >

Stuttgart/Reutlingen – You just stop for a couple of minutes in front of the bak-ery, leaning your bike against the wall without locking it: a few moments of inat-tention are all that a bicycle thief needs. According to police crime statistics about 800 bicycles are stolen in Germany every day. This is particularly annoy-ing when the bike in question is a costly eBike. That makes it all the more im-portant to take appropriate protective measures. A mechanical lock is indispen-sable. The new premium Lock function from Bosch eBike Systems now offers pedelec riders additional digital protection: The function enables motor support to be deactivated by removing the on-board computer. Lock is available from model year 2020 at a cost of €9.99 and is can be used in conjunction with the Kiox on-board computer.

For a feeling of safety

"The fact is that digital solutions can't replace a classic mechanical bicycle lock, but they can enhance the traditional solution. With Lock, we have now devel-oped a function that gives eBikers more security and makes things a little hard-er for bicycle thieves because it significantly reduces the value of the pedelec," explains Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. When the new premi-um Lock function is activated by disconnecting the Kiox on-board computer, motor support is no longer available to the rider. The electronic lock only un-locks again when the same on-board computer is re-connected. This makes the pedelec less attractive to thieves: riding enjoyment is drastically curtailed without motor support, making the bike much more difficult to sell on.

Smart added protection with acoustic feedback

The lock function does not require a key and is easy to operate: Before being used for the first time, Lock must be purchased via the eBike Connect smartphone app and set up on the eBike with the Kiox on-board computer. Af-ter that, the drive can only be activated with this on-board computer. An innova-tive extra that Bosch has developed for the premium function: the motor gener-ates a sound to let the eBiker know that Lock has been activated or deactivated when connecting or disconnecting the on-board computer - similar to the cen-tral locking system on many cars. A lock symbol on the status line of the display indicates when the drive is "locked". The lock function is compatible with the Bosch Active Line and Active Line Plus drive systems from model year 2018 onwards, as well as Cargo Line, Performance Line and Performance Line CX from model year 2020 onwards.

A smart new development from Bosch that offers additional security, while also intelligently connecting the pedelec. "We are committed to developing products and digital solutions that deliver more riding enjoyment, comfort and safety in eBiking. We are constantly working on this. It is conceivable that many other theft-related functions will be developed in future," adds Fleischer.

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. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. 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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