Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit, based in Yokohama, Japan, continues to gain momentum in the global market. The unit has registered sales growth of more than 20% compared to 2016 − twice as fast as the market. And by 2020, Bosch is set to reach sales of one billion euros with motorcycle technologies. The company offers assistance systems, connectivity solutions, and modern powertrain and electrification systems for two-wheelers and power sports vehicles.
“Megatrends such as urbanisation and sustainability will fundamentally change mobility and the motorcycle as we know it today. Bosch technologies make the motorcycle fit for the future: first by making it safer, second by making its powertrain more efficient. Bosch’s vision is to make the mobility of the future accident-free, stress-free, and emissions-free – and this goes for motorcycles as well. Whether as a transportation option for the emerging mass markets or as an element of multimodal mobility in megacities: two-wheelers are increasingly in demand,” said Dr Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
By 2021, the annual global production of two-wheelers is forecast to reach around 160 million units – one-third more than today. This makes motorcycle technology a remarkable driver for business.
At Bosch, two-wheeler safety starts right from the e-bike. With the market’s first production antilock braking system for eBikes, the success-story of Bosch assistance systems for two-wheelers continues. With this system, the braking distance can be shortened and the risk of flipping over the handlebars is reduced. According to a Bosch accident research study, around one-fourth of pedelec accidents could be reduced if all bicycles were equipped with the ABS system. As the world’s leading supplier of motorcycle technology, Bosch has made motorcycle assistance systems such as ABS, MSC (motorcycle stability control), and side view assist a firm feature in the market.
The company is also creating connectivity systems that allow riders to communicate with vehicles, the infrastructure, and other road users in general, like the digital protection shield. It allows motorcycles and cars to talk to each other. Long before drivers or their vehicles’ sensors catch sight of a motorcycle, this technology informs them that a motorcycle is approaching, allowing them to adopt a more defensive driving strategy. Another solution which allows the rider to be connected and safe is the connected horizon; riders can look around the next bend and get advance warning of possible hazards. By 2025, more than 70 percent of newly registered motorcycles worldwide will be connected, a statement from Bosch said.