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Safety for every segment: Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control now available on sub-400cc models

Bosch MSC fitted on the new TVS Apache RTR 310

  • In the year of its tenth anniversary, Bosch’s MSC motorcycle stability control is now available in India, China, and ASEAN.
  • Bosch motorcycle stability control is fitted on TVS’s new flagship motorcycle, the TVS Apache RTR 310, as Race Tuned Dynamic Stability Control.
  • Offering two types of inertial measurement unit , Bosch brings a wide range of additional functions for greater safety, convenience, and riding enjoyment.
Jennifer Gass

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Stuttgart, Germany – Braking or accelerating in bends can be critical to safety when riding a motorcycle: Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control helps bikers maintain control in various situations. MSC combines a motorcycle ABS with a 3D or 6D inertial measurement unit (IMU) a is a type of ESP for motorized two-wheelers. The system is now available not only in the mid and high segments, but it is also finding its way into every motorcycle segment. India’s TVS Motor Company, a leading manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers globally, is fitting its new TVS Apache RTR 310 with Bosch MSC, utilizing the Bosch IMU and the ABS 10 base unit, which has a smaller and lighter housing that is suited to motorcycles in emerging markets. That means MSC now covers a wider range of market segments – aiming to make motorcycling safer for everyone.

Bosch MSC wins new motorbike segments

“Bosch is one of the pioneers in motorcycle safety: we introduced motorcycle ABS over 25 years ago, ensuring greater safety on the roads."

Ten years ago, we followed up with MSC. And now we even equip motorcycles with radar-based assistance systems. In the case of MSC, we developed the system so that it now also covers smaller models, which are common in emerging markets, and is reachable for a wider group of motorcyclists. With TVS Motor Company, one the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers, we now have the chance to bring enhanced safety into their new flagship motorcycle as well.

says Geoff Liersch, head of the Two-Wheeler & Powersports unit at Bosch.

“TVS Motor Company has always transformed and redefined technology, with the TVS Apache series at the helm. The TVS Apache is one of the best loved and most iconic two-wheeler brands, with over five million customers across the globe. Backed by 40 years of TVS Racing heritage, every Apache brings to life our “Track to Road” philosophy, where learnings and technologies from our race machines are passed on to the production motorcycles. With a core focus on race-derived performance, it is very important for us to push the limits of race-inspired safety. Continuing our long-standing tradition of introducing segment-first technologies, we are proud to introduce Bosch MSC within the Race Tuned Dynamic Stability Control (RTDSC) in our new flagship motorcycle, the TVS Apache RTR 310, which marks a global first introduction of a 6D IMU-backed motorcycle stability control system on a sub-400cc motorcycle. We are set to deliver an unparalleled motorcycling experience by instilling in our customers a sense of confidence, comfort, and excitement,” says Vimal Sumbly, Head Business – Premium, TVS Motor Company.

Bosch system launch with KTM: More safety for a decade

Bosch introduced MSC on the KTM 1190 ADVENTURE (2014 models) ten years ago. By monitoring two-wheeler parameters such as lean angle, the system can instantaneously adjust its electronic braking and acceleration interventions to suit the current riding situation. In this way, the Bosch system can prevent the bike from lowsiding or righting itself suddenly and uncontrollably when braking in bends, which is where many motorcycle accidents occur. At the same time, MSC is the central basis for a wide range of additional functions that offer greater safety, convenience, and riding enjoyment. For example, Bikes that include a Bosch 3D inertial measurement unit (IMU) integrate advanced safety functions into the vehicle via MSC.

Bosch has a range of modular MSC solutions that offer different combinations of ABS and IMU depending on the application needs. The recently upgraded KTM RC 390 uses a Bosch 3D inertial measurement unit (IMU), which integrates various functions into the vehicle via MSC, including braking and traction control in bends. In the case of the KTM, these are supported by a more perfomant ABS variant including an additional pressure sensor for more accurate brake pressure control. As another example, an MSC solution can be offered with an ABS 10 base and 3D IMU specifically for realizing basic MSC functions in emerging markets such as cornering brake control, corner traction control, cornering drag torque control. This flexibility in the portfolio allows manufacturers to find the right combination for various use-cases and vehicle types.

Bosch motorcycle stability control – function in detail

MSC kicks in where things can get critical for motorcyclists: when leaning and in bends. According to a study by Bosch Accident Research, motorcycle stability control in combination with ABS could prevent or mitigate one in three motorcycle accidents involving personal injury in Germany if every motorcycle were equipped with MSC. MSC uses a series of sensors to detect the two-wheeler’s vehicle dynamics. While the wheel speed sensors measure the speed of the front and rear wheels, the IMU determines the bike’s acceleration and angular rate 100 times per second. MSC also manages braking control in bends: by analyzing the bike’s pitch and roll angle, the system can optimize stability and braking effect even in dynamic riding situations.

Predictive safety and comfort thanks to sensor technology

As the world’s leading supplier of motorcycle safety technology, Bosch has already launched the advanced rider assistance systems (ARAS), a technology that could prevent one in seven motorcycle accidents in Germany, according to estimates by Bosch Accident Research. It is a combination of radar sensor, braking system, engine management, and human-machine interface. Equipping motorcycles with radar as a sensory organ is what makes these new assistance and safety functions possible for motorcycles. These include adaptive cruise control (ACC), forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection. They increase not only safety but also riding enjoyment and comfort.

Bosch is also using connectivity to increase road safety for motorcyclists: the company’s integrated connectivity cluster (ICC), for example, is a display solution that keeps riders from being unnecessarily distracted.

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 428,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). According to preliminary figures, 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. 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 90,000 associates in research and development, of which roughly 48,000 are software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com.

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