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.
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.