Bosch motorcycle systems honoured with Safety
Technology Award by ASEAN NCAP
The pioneer in vehicle safety technologies introduces
life-saving features for motorcycles
Bosch recognized for its continuous effort in increasing vehicle safety
Award winning two-wheeler technologies from Bosch: ABS, MSC and
side view assist
Motorcycle ABS is becoming a global standard
Bosch developed the new generation ABS 10 suitable for small two-
wheelers in emerging markets such as Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Bosch was honoured with the “Safety Technology
Award: Innovative Motorcycle Technology for Safer Riding” by the New Car
Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP). This
award recognizes Bosch’s continuous effort in innovating safer riding with two-
wheeler technologies such as the motorcycle antilock braking system (ABS),
motorcycle stability control (MSC), and side view assist. “Bosch, as the market
leader for two-wheeler safety, is dedicated to delivering innovative technologies
to the market that make riding safer and more comfortable without compromising
on the fun to ride,” says Christian Groeger, General Manager for Motorcycle
Application Safety of the Bosch Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit.
ASEAN NCAP is an automobile safety rating program jointly established by the
Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and the Global New Car
Assessment Program (Global NCAP), and is one of the most influential
international programs to assess the safety of new vehicles.
This is the second award Bosch has received from ASEAN NCAP, the first one
being in 2014 for the company’s Electronic Stability Program (ESP ® ), also known
as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – a Bosch invention that has saved more
than 8,500 lives and prevented more than a quarter of a million traffic accidents
to date in Europe alone. As announced by the Malaysian government, the
country will be the first ASEAN country to legislate ESC as a mandatory safety
feature in all new passenger cars beginning 1 st June 2018.
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Southeast Asia is the third-largest two-wheeler market in the world, just after
China and India, and the demand for enhanced riding safety is growing in such
emerging markets. Every year, 21,000 fatal two-wheeler accidents occur in
Indonesia and Thailand alone. Furthermore, with around 18 road fatalities per
day recorded in 2015 in Malaysia according to the World Health Organization,
the country has the third highest road traffic fatality rate in ASEAN. More than 60
percent of road accidents involving motorcyclists.
Simon Song, managing director of Bosch in Malaysia commented, “It is our hope
that the government passes a legislation for ABS to be made a standard fitment
to all new two-wheelers, given that motorcycles are one of the most common
means of transportation in our country. We believe that such a legislation can
help drastically reduce the high motoring fatality rate in Malaysia”.
Motorcycle ABS is becoming a global standard
Bosch’s accident research studies show that if every two-wheeler is equipped
with ABS, roughly one fourth of accidents could be prevented. ABS prevents the
wheels from locking up, which allows riders to remain in control of the motorcycle
and react more quickly without fear in a critical situation while braking.
Worldwide, more and more countries are promoting motorcycle ABS.
In the European Union, the motorcycle ABS legislation has been implemented
and applies to all new vehicle types with an engine displacement over 125 cc
from the beginning of 2016. Similar legislation will be applicable in Japan from
2018 and in Taiwan from 2019. This year, the Indian government has announced
that motorcycle ABS will be introduced as a standard equipment for all new
vehicle types in India from April 2018.
“The passing of this legislation is a milestone in motorcycle safety. The impact
and results have the potential to inspire other countries in Asia to implement the
same, especially in Southeast Asia where two-wheelers are a common mode of
transportation,” said Song.
From ABS to side view assist
Since 1995, Bosch has manufactured more than two million motorcycle ABS
units. Bosch’s latest ABS 10 is a variant that is designed specifically to meet the
requirements of emerging markets. With its smaller and lighter design, this
system is easier for manufacturers to integrate into small two-wheelers. The
Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS will be launched globally as the world’s first
production model to be fitted with this system. Furthermore, the 2018 model of
the Suzuki GSX-S125 ABS, will also feature the same system.
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In 2013, Bosch brought motorcycle stability control (MSC) to the market, the
world’s first “all-in- one” safety system for two-wheelers. By monitoring two-
wheeler-specific parameters such as lean angle, the system can instantaneously
adjust its electronic braking and acceleration interventions to suit the riding
status. This prevents the bike from lowsiders or righting itself when braking
through a corner. But the development of two-wheeler safety systems doesn’t
stop there. In the shape of the side view assist, Bosch has launched the world’s
first advanced rider assistance system for two-wheelers. Using ultrasonic
sensors, side view assist detects blind spots and helps riders to avoid collisions
when changing lanes.
Bosch partners Global NCAP’s “Stop the Crash” campaign
Bosch is a partner of Global NCAP’s “Stop the Crash” campaign for the third
time. This initiative is part of the United Nation Decade of Action for Road
Safety’s goal of reducing 50 percent of the worldwide road-traffic deaths by 2020.
In 2013 alone, there were approximately 1.25 million road fatalities worldwide. At
the Malaysian edition of the “Stop the Crash” campaign on 29 and 30 November,
Bosch showcased its motorcycle ABS technology to demonstrate its functionality
as well as key benefits.