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Fewer Accidents: Bosch Is Teaching Motorcycles How To See And Feel

Fewer Accidents: Bosch Is Teaching Motorcycles How To See And Feel

Singapore: Bosch has a clear vision—no more fatalities for motorcyclists in road traffic. That is why the company has developed a new safety package for motorcycles, comprising adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection.

Cars can be made safer through the addition of crumple zones, airbags, and seat belts. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, face considerably more danger when riding—the risk of dying in an accident is up to 20 times higher for them than for car drivers.

In fact, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents in Germany went up by nine percent last year, according to the German Federal Statistics Office.

This package is built on technologies that also enable automated driving in cars. The motorcycle manufacturers KTM and Ducati will include the new rider assistance systems in production models as soon as 2020.

For Bosch, this is the next step along the path toward accident-free riding—one that does not reduce enjoyment and does not take away motorcyclists’ responsibility. “Bosch is taking motorcycling safety to a whole new level,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

More Safety, More Enjoyment

Studies show that motorcycle accidents have two main causes: riders losing control, and collisions with other vehicles, according to Bosch accident research. In the future, with the help of Bosch technology, these dangerous traffic situations will not even occur in the first place.

Another reason to equip vehicles with more intelligent safety technology is that nine out of ten accidents are due to human error. As the world’s leading supplier of motorcycle safety technology, Bosch has already made riding on two wheels considerably safer with assistance systems such as ABS and MSC motorcycle stability control. Now the company is going one step further.

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 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.

As a result, these assistance functions not only increase safety, they also enhance enjoyment and convenience by making life easier for riders. “The motorcycle of the future must be able to see and feel,” says Geoff Liersch, head of the Bosch Two-Wheeler and Powersports business unit.

Capabilities of the new Bosch technologies for motorcycles:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

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 insufficient distance 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 System

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 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.

For Bosch, motorcycle assistance systems are another stepping stone toward making the vision of emissions-free, accident-free, and stress-free mobility a reality.

Rockwell Automation Simplifies Analytics For Industrial Productivity

Rockwell Automation Simplifies Analytics For Industrial Productivity

Singapore: In April 2018, Rockwell Automation expanded the FactoryTalk Analytics portfolio—an advanced analytics environment that empowers users with the ability to quickly and confidently make informed decisions.

These latest advancements were developed to reduce the complexity of the operations environment for manufacturers, producers and their employees who are driving operations.

Industrial organisations must be able to quickly identify ways to tighten production schedules and maximise revenue. Gaining insight into operations and production capabilities to make informed decisions has often involved time-intensive IT projects and a highly specialised skillset.

The platform has been developed for scale, discovering and connecting data sources from the edge of the network up through the enterprise, and then intelligently fusing the information to resolve issues close to the source.

At the edge of the device, this can result in near-immediate resolution of production issues. Empowered with machine learning capabilities, it learns the process and looks for trends in the data, proactively presenting users with insights before an issue arises.

This development brings contemporary user experience capabilities—which are common for consumer experiences—to the production environment. Focused on driving ease of use and productivity, FactoryTalk Analytics features internet-like search capabilities of production data, as well as self-service drill-downs, allowing the user to make data-driven decisions quickly.

Rockwell Automation has chosen the Microsoft Azure cloud as the preferred platform for FactoryTalk Analytics, to help develop and power advanced IoT solutions from the edge to the cloud.

The company executed several customer pilots before the official release of this analytics environment, which generated several purpose-driven applications that prioritise ease of use and faster time to value.

In one of the company’s pilots, a manufacturer of solar panels used the analytics platform to connect the data sources of legacy systems spread across multiple facilities. They’re now able to more efficiently manage data—both on-premise and in the cloud—which will minimise downtime and allow them to save millions of dollars in IT spending.

In another pilot, the analytics platform was implemented by a global automotive manufacturer to help improve operational productivity. Purpose-driven applications brought data together from disparate systems that had previously proven difficult to integrate and had limited workers’ ability to investigate production issues.

The solution is giving production managers and executives new visibility into key areas of operations, and helping them more accurately forecast production targets.

“Smart manufacturing promises to remove blind spots between organisational silos, putting users directly in touch with information,” said Blake Moret, chairman and chief executive officer of Rockwell Automation.

Mr Moret added: “Our experience in production applications, coupled with technology that integrates control and information, provides outcomes of increased productivity for both existing and greenfield sites. Importantly, our partners are taking advantage of these solutions to enhance the value of their own offerings.”

“In fast-moving production environments—regardless of sector or industry—the ability to address problems and even predict future events before they cause interruption to the business is crucial,” commented Joseph Sousa, president of Rockwell Automation in Asia Pacific.

“For a fast-growth region like Asia Pacific, the advanced FactoryTalk analytics environment will be critical in allowing users to solve problems, drive tangible business outcomes and above all, remain competitive,” Mr Sousa continued.

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