Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports Business Unit rides the growth curve with efficient mobility solutions

Bosch is tackling road safety challenges with a comprehensive three-step safety concept towards accident-free mobility. Offering solutions for internal combustion and electrification systems to comply with India’s upcoming Bharat Stage 6 regulation and meet India’s unique driving requirements, it’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports Business Unit is continuing the ride towards a one billion euros sales target by 2020 – which will be generated by a combination of assistance, powertrain, electrification, and connectivity systems.

Bosch’s vision is to make the mobility of the future accident-free, stress-free, and nearly emissions- free. This goes for the continuously growing motorcycle market as well. Major growth of the Two-Wheeler & Powersports business is forecasted in India where Bosch supplies market-specific motorcycle safety and powertrain solutions to comply with regulations as well as local market trends.

Bosch’s innovative safety solutions for assistance systems aim to tackle and prevent two wheeler road fatalities in India, which account for a high 34% of all road fatalities. Bosch’s accident-free mobility solutions involves a three-step safety concept. Firstly, keeping the bike stable in braking situations and acceleration with systems like ABS or motorcycle stability control (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 motorcycle-to-vehicle communication.

After the successful introduction of ABS and MSC technologies, Bosch has introduced its first advanced rider assistance systems for motorcycles, comprising adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and blind-spot detection. These electronic assistants can respond faster than people in emergencies. The technology underpinning these systems is a combination of radar sensor, brake system, engine management, and human machine interface that could possibly prevent one in seven motorcycle accidents. This system will go to market with Ducati and KTM in 2020.

Bosch’s powertrain solutions complying with Bharat Stage 6 is aimed at reducing emissions through 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-6 emission standards and meet India’s unique driving pattern.

Electronic engine management systems are the core of efficient and economical technology for internal combustion vehicles. Bosch also provides solutions such as an integrated electrification system including motor, control unit, battery, charger, display and app that can power light electric vehicles.

The realisation of Bosch’s technology solutions is proven by the story of a Polar Odyssey, an enthralling motorcycle journey crossing some of the world’s most dangerous roads starting from the Arctic Circle, all the way down to the Antarctic Circle. The initiative is a part of its ‘Spirit of the Ride’ campaign, and a confirmation of Bosch’s expertise in developing powertrain and assistance technologies for two wheelers.

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