After the successful introduction of ABS and motorcycle
stability control (MSC) technologies, Bosch has introduced its first advanced
rider assistance systems for motorcycles, comprising adaptive cruise control,
forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection. This system will go to
market with Ducati and KTM as soon as 2020.
These electronic assistants are always vigilant and, in
emergencies, they respond faster than people can. According to Bosch accident
research estimates, these radar-based assistance systems could prevent one in
seven motorcycle accidents. The technology underpinning these systems is a
combination of radar sensor, brake system, engine management, and human machine
Bosch’s vision is to make the mobility of the future
accident-free, stress-free, and nearly emissions-free – and this goes for the
continuously growing motorcycle market as well. “The two wheeler landscape
today is undergoing many changes as industry players look to innovate their
service offerings. As a key player in the two wheeler space, Bosch has always
endeavored to provide services that integrate cutting-edge technology with the
company’s inherent focus on functionality and efficiency,” says Geoff Liersch,
Head of Two-Wheeler & Powersports Business Unit.
According to a report by the Ministry of Road Transport and
Highways in India, up to 34% of road fatalities in the country involve riders
of two wheelers. Bosch is tackling this challenge with a comprehensive
three-step safety concept towards accident-free mobility. Firstly, by keeping
the bike stable in braking situations and acceleration with systems like ABS or
MSC; secondly, by realising predictive safety and comfort functions with
innovative surround-sensing such as advanced rider assistance systems; and
thirdly, by connecting the bike with its environment through
The global demand for two wheelers is expected to grow
annually by more than 4% from 2017 to 2022, reaching 122 million bikes by 2022.
The major growth of the two-wheeler and powersports business is expected to be India
where Bosch supplies market-specific motorcycle safety and powertrain solutions
to comply with regulations as well as local market trends.
The growth in India will contribute in a major way to
Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports Business Unit which is continuing the
ride towards the global target of one billion euros of sales in 2020 (Rs 7865
crore approx.), generated by assistance, powertrain, electrification, and
solutions complying with Bharat Stage 6
Reducing emissions is a key objective of the Indian
government in order to provide a sustainable mobility environment for the
future. On April 1, 2020 India will introduce Bharat Stage 6 (BS-6) which is
similar to Euro-6 in Europe. Bosch is offering scalable powertrain solutions
with electronic engine management systems for internal combustion bikes as well
as integrated electrification systems to support vehicle manufacturers in India
to comply with BS-6emission standards and meet India’s unique driving pattern.
Electronic engine management systems are the core of
efficient and economical technology for internal combustion vehicles. In
combination with highly developed sensor technology, engine management systems
have shown considerable increases in efficiency compared to conventional
carburetor systems and can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 16% (depending on the
Another approach to reduce emissions and to build up an
all-electric fleet by 2030 in India is the launch of a Faster Adoption and
Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) programme by the
central government which is announced to go into phase 2 by April 2019. To be
able to contribute in achieving this impending target Bosch provides solutions
such as an integrated electrification system including motor, control unit,
battery, charger, display and app that can power light two-, three- and
four-wheel electric vehicles with up to 20kW - the powertrain of the future
will be a mix of electromobility and combustion engines.
“We at Bosch are working towards ensuring a smooth transition
to the new emission norms with a tailored product portfolio for the Indian
market supporting vehicle manufacturers with local engineering competence -
aiming towards realising the vision of nearly emissions-free mobility”, said
Prabhu Panduranga, Regional President Two-Wheeler & Powersports Business
Unit, Bosch India.
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