Bosch invents motorcycle stability control
Twenty-four per cent of all motorcycle accidents occur around corners; 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives on the roads of Europe in 2009.
An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) can prevent a quarter of the number of two-wheeler road accidents.
Automobile technology major Bosch has come up with Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), that is an advancement of the company’s Anti-lock braking system with the use of sensors and sophisticated software.
Designed for high performance motorcycles the Bosch MSC system works within fractions of a second to limit wheel slippage under acceleration and deceleration, while cornering or riding in a straight line, allowing riders to enjoy the full potential of their motorcycle without adverse consequences.
The MSC system registers the driving dynamics of a motorcycle using an array of sensors, wheel sensors measure the rotational speed of the individual wheels, while an inertia sensor monitors the motorcycle’s lean and pitch angles more than 100 times a second.
Using the difference between the rotational speeds of the front and rear wheels along with specific parameters such as tyre size, shape and sensor location, the ABS unit hooked to the bike’s onboard computer calculates the limit of brake force that can be applied on the basis of lean angle.