Safety tech for bikes to make the roads safer for all motorists
Bosch Mobility Solutions is the largest of Bosch Group’s business sectors, contributing 61 per cent of the group’s total sales. Hardly surprising that Bosch Group is one of the leading automotive suppliers in the world. All vehicles on the road are likely to have at least one Bosch component in it.
These are some new technologies that the Group is developing for two-wheelers given that life on public roads can be dangerous. For motorcyclists, they’re particularly hazardous.
The latest technology should give motorcyclists a better chance of avoiding accidents or mitigating injuries if a collision is inevitable.
Sliding mitigation research project:
Sliding on two wheels is harder to bring under control than with four. Anything can reduce traction and trigger a slid: wet leaves, oil, water, gravel. Bosch has developed a slide mitigator to help a rider keep their bike upright: a sensor detects sideways wheel slip and pumps gas into a tank adapter which is vented in a certain direction through a nozzle to create a counter force. This reverse thrust keeps the motorcycle on track.
Radar-based assistance systems
Radar linked to the motorcycle assistance and safety functions reads the surrounding area and anticipates hazards ahead of the rider’s reactions
Adaptive Cruise Control
Maintaining the correct distance from the vehicle in front in heavy traffic requires a lot of concentration and is tiring. ACC adjusts the bike’s speed to the flow of traffic.
Forward Collision Warning System
The system is active as soon as the motorcycle starts and warns the rider with an acoustic or optical signal when they get too close to the vehicle in front and collision avoidance is not undertaken.
A radar sensor acts as an electronic eye and warns motorcyclists of objects which are in their blind spot with an optical signal in the rear-view mirror.
Improved ABS systems designed specifically for two-wheelers.
Motorcycle Stability Control
MSC is the first all-in-one safety system for two-wheelers which continually monitors parameters like lean angle and adjusting electronic braking and acceleration to suit road conditions to prevent slow sliding or over correcting especially when braking on bends. The new 6D sensor in the MSC system is the smallest and lightest design on the market. It significantly improves mounting flexibility, and is less prone to vibration.
A digital shield that enables cars and motorcycles to communicate with each other using public WLAN (ITS G5) so that even before a vehicle is in sight, a driver is aware that a motorcycle s approaching and to drive more carefully. The system would also provide better information on traffic conditions for all road-users.
Emergency call, breakdown call, and information call
Three call systems for helping road users.
First, eCall. Using intelligent crash algorithms, eCall detects when a motorcyclist has been involved in a crash and automatically calls emergency services, providing details of the vehicle, its location and position.
If the bike has a breakdown, another service, bCall can contact the repair shop and send data ahead.
Finally, iCall is a roadside assistant, providing service information – like the location of the nearest petrol station – if needed.