Many of your youth dreams of riding motorcycles on high-visibility roads have been crushed by parents trying to protect their children. Parents repeatedly cite traffic safety data that makes motorcycles appear to be “deadfall pitfalls.”
However, like many things in life, adults are right. In some parts of the UK, the number of people who ride motorcycles is seriously increasing year by year, even though traffic accidents are generally on the decline.
One such area is London. Looking at the five years from 2011 to 2016, the number of people who died from driving decreased by 47 percent, but the number of people who died from motorcycles in the same period increased by 13 percent.
In Germany, where Bosch based, the risk of death in a traffic accident is up to 20 times higher when riding in a motorcycle than in a car. According to data published by the German Federal Statistical Office, the number of motorcycle fatalities in 2017 increased by 9 percent.
“Future motorcycles need to be something you can see and feel,” says Jeff Riash, head of Bosch’s motorcycle and power sports business. “The key to reducing accidents is to make motorcycle riders more visible to other people on the road. One way to do this is to “converse” motorcycles and cars with each other. It’s about being able to do it.”
To that end, Bosch is collaborating with companies such as Autotalks, Coda Wireless, Ducati, KTM, and BMW to make prototypes of safety devices across companies. It also looks at future innovations to improve motorcycle life while using existing technology.
“In 2010, we introduced the first anti-lock braking system (ABS) for motorcycles,” said Fevzi Yildurum, one of Bosch’s chief engineers in the motorcycle sector.
“Three years later, we introduced motorcycle-specific stability control and friction control. We are now considering the installation and monitoring of an adaptive damper system. These are passive devices, but they are dangerous. By altogether avoiding the problem in advance, the more advanced response is possible. “
Gas blows out to rebuild posture
As one of the ambitious efforts, Bosch is trying to find a safe solution to the “unsolvable problem.”
“There are still situations where you can’t control a motorcycle. That’s when you accidentally step on a slippery road with oil,” says Yurdurum. “In this situation, the lateral force applied to the tires will not maintain the bike’s posture on the road, causing side slipping or high side crashes Will happen)”
“In the days when bikes are “connected” and road hazards are warning riders, we don’t have to deal with the situations, we have to think about what we can do now,” Jurdurum says.
So, Bosch arrived in the “Slip Slip Mitigation Project” that uses the current sensor technology to detect tire skidding.
The idea is that when the lateral force exceeds a specific value, gas is spouted from the opposite side of the bike by the on-board computer, creating a powerful reverse thrust and returning the bike to an upright position. Bosch has already created a concept model.
“We did a lot of simulation on a computer to prove that this technology works, but that wasn’t enough. We proved it with a real bike, and this technology that uses an actuator can be “I found it to be valid,” explains Yurdurum. “The prototype is too heavy to be mounted on a commercial bike and requires a lot of changes to the chassis.
Although it is only a Bosch research project at the moment, the company recognizes that such innovative innovations in safety could change. “In India, nearly 50,000 people die from motorcycles annually, but this number is reduced by 25-30 percent as the Indian government mandates that ABS be standard on motorcycles with more than 250cc. I look forward to it, “says Yurdurum.
Development of radar specialized for motorcycles
Many of the innovative innovations Bosch is working on in cars are slowly penetrating the world of motorcycles. As Jürdrum says, thanks to the “economy of scale” due to the widespread adoption of sensors in the automotive sector, the technology has become accessible to bike manufacturers.
“We already have ultrasonic sensors on BMW scooters to warn vehicles in the blind spot of the rider. See how these sensors and radar technology will be used in future models. I look forward to it,” Yurdurum expects.
Bosch radar sensors have improved for motorcycles exposed to severe weather conditions. For this reason, the company’s engineers are convinced that it may be useful for installing adaptive cruise control (ACC) functions and forward collision warning systems.
“We have been working on a comprehensive high-level safety device for motorcycles for about ten years, but in the next ten years, we are confident that we will see more innovation in this area,” says Yurdurum. “We aim to eliminate the number of deaths in future motorcycles. I think that is possible.”
Some big motorcycle manufacturers are in line with this idea. KTM recently announced that it has already started testing ACC and blind-spot detection. Ducati has declared that some of the mass-produced models to be launched in 2020 will be equipped with advanced radar support systems.
Bikes are also “connected.”
Many automakers are looking forward to the day when 5G networks will be available because their cars (especially those that sell highly autonomous vehicles for sale) will be able to process large amounts of data at record speed.
One of the big topics around this is communication between vehicles or between the vehicle and something else. In the future, connected cars will be able to share information about each other’s surroundings and the imminent danger.
The use of this technology makes it easier to recognize the existence of motorcycles. For this reason, the Yurdurum team thinks it will be an opportunity to make motorcycles a safer vehicle.
In a test system using the ITS-G5 standard network based on Wi-Fi, it has confirmed that data can be transmitted and received between an automobile and a motorcycle in a few milliseconds or less. That is, both of the users using the road can receive the warning signal in advance on the screen of the car navigation system or the screen attached to the handlebar.
“The more sophisticated man-machine interface in the motorcycle field already has a huge human resource. Some of the always-on Internet connection systems already allow emergency calls,” explains Yurdurum. “Motorcycles receive information from the surrounding environment and alert the rider if there is a problem on the road in the direction of travel. That day is just around the corner.