Press release #eBike Systems

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

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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.

About Bosch eBike Systems

A new generation of bikes is taking town and country by storm and is already a part of everyday life. eBikes are a modern means of transport for modern people: people in a hurry and people who prefer to take it easy, the fit and the comfort lovers, commuters and pleasure cyclists and, of course, young and old. The tailwind of technology-leading eBikes made by what are already more than 70 leading brands in Europe is powered by components that Bosch is developing to perfection. The Bosch portfolio ranges from the highly efficient drive unit (motor and gearbox) and high-quality batteries to a smart on-board and cycle computer that can be used intuitively. Perfect coordination of components holds the key to typical Bosch performance in terms of both comfort and efficiency.
Like other Bosch products, the eBike systems benefit from the Bosch Group’s technology and production know-how. From conception and engineering to manufacturing, marketing and after-sales service, Bosch eBike Systems constantly set new standards for the eBike industry. The Bosch Group’s experience in the areas of electric motors, sensor technology, displays and lithium-ion batteries ensures that Bosch eBike systems use technology that is invented for life and that eBike users have their fun.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, 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 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 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 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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