Bosch has proactively been
working in India with its two-wheeler customers to offer antilock braking
system (ABS). ABS will be a mandatory
requirement for all two-wheeler above 125cc beginning April 2018 in India. For
Bosch India, this is a reinforcement of the life-saving potential of safety
systems like ABS.
Commenting on the scope of the
two-wheeler business, Geoff Liersch, Head of Bosch Business Unit Two-Wheeler
& Powersports, said, “India is a key market for two-wheelers. Developments
taking place here have the potential to influence other emerging markets, such
as Indonesia and Thailand, where small two-wheelers also count as important
means of transportation. Additionally, India also presents us with an
opportunity to develop innovative solutions tailored to the need of emerging
Given the significance of the
two-wheeler industry in the Indian automotive context, Bosch India aims to
contribute more than one-third of Bosch’s global Two-Wheeler & Powersports
business. “It is a target we aim to realise by the end of the decade,” said,
Sandeep N, regional business head, Two-Wheeler & Powersports business. An
estimation from Bosch’s accident research study suggests, that every third
accident involving a two-wheeler in India can be avoided through the
implementation of motorcycle ABS. The equipment can also reduce the collision
speed of every fifth accident thus helping reduce the severity of injuries
EMS makes India’s essential mode of transport highly efficient
The engine management system
(EMS) has been tailored to the requirements of emerging markets, especially to Asian
countries like India. The EMS includes a control unit, a fuel injector, and
software that makes it unnecessary to use individual sensors in the vehicle. By
implementing new manufacturing processes and intelligent software algorithms,
Bosch has been successful in keeping the development cost effective. Bosch’s
EMS can help India’s wide-ranging two-wheeler segment make the transition to
the next level of emission regulations as they become applicable. Compared with
the traditional carburetor offering, and depending on the situation, the
electronically controlled fuel-injection system can reduce fuel consumption by
up to 16 percent.
A connected motorcycle is also a safer riding option
Connected vehicles are the
norm of the future and two wheelers will be no different. The availability of
digital intelligence in a two-wheeler will pave the way for multiple
functionalities that can be realized with an app-based approach. Digital
connectivity will ensure that two-wheelers are not just safe and clean but fun
and connected as well. Bosch already has various motorcycle connectivity
solutions in its portfolio. The integrated connectivity cluster (ICC) is a
rider information system that can connect motorcycles, smartphones and multiple
apps. Through this the two-wheeler is enabled with rich functionalities, such
as navigation and traffic guidance. Furthermore, it also offers lifesaving
functions such as eCall – an automatic emergency call service in case of an
accident. “It won’t be long before we start to see increased demand for these
connected functions in India. Bosch is getting ready for it,” said Liersch.
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