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Motorcycles How to Future-Proof the Modern Motorcycle

22:45  04 january  2018
22:45  04 january  2018 Source:   popularmechanics.com

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City-living and less fuel is the future of transportation, and the modern motorcycle needs to evolve. Motorcycles , by design, leave their rider exposed to accidents due to the physics of where the rubber meets the road, so how can technology improve what seems like an inherent flaw?

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Transportation isn't a simple gas up and go, point A to point B equation anymore. Now cars drive themselves, travel for hundreds of miles without gas, and soon won't have a steering wheel at all. And though the future of transportation is currently obsessed with humanity's conveyance of choice-the automobile-motorcycles and scooters will play a big role as cities grow denser and green living transitions from a fringe lifestyle to federal law.

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To catch a glimpse of this future, Bosch flew me out to the green hills of the German countryside to visit its Mobility Solutions Proving Grounds in Boxberg. Although you've never ridden a Bosch-branded motorcycle, it's more than likely that you've seen a bike being secretly powered by Bosch. The company even provided parts for some of the very first bikes, including an low-voltage magneto ignition device, created in 1897, for the electric-powered De Dion-Bouton tricycle, the most successful European motor vehicle in the late 19th century.

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Modern motorcycle connected… to everything. Just like how self-driving cars will need to speak to other cars and the surrounding infrastructure, so But whether it’s a modern motorcycle or scooter, all this technology is impressive but raises some questions. If you have these safety systems, does it

But despite its century-long history, motorcycles have lots of room to grow. Nearly 3,000 people die in motorcycle accidents every day, riders are 18 percent more vulnerable to accidents than drivers, and nine out ten motorcycle accidents are due to human error. Bosch is trying to shrink those numbers through technology that could find its way into millions of future bikes.

Here's how they're going to do it.

The Best Rider is a Safe Rider

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Motorcycles, by design, leave their rider exposed to accidents due to the physics of where the rubber meets the road, so how can technology improve what seems like an inherent flaw? Try making the bike smarter, starting with an anti-lock braking system.

One of the first things any new rider learns is not to use the brakes in a corner because it reduces traction and can result in a low-side crash (see above). It's not a good situation, and it can be a fatal one, leading to the majority of motorcycle accidents every year.

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Future - proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events. Future - proofing is used in industries such as electronics, medical industry, industrial design, and, more recently, in design for climate change.

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But Bosch is trying to make this fatal tendency a thing of the past. With advanced monitoring units, they can compute lean angle, speed, and position, so if you need to hit the brakes when Bambi darts out into the road, you'll maintain traction, and most importantly, not die. "If you look at the technology that has been used in cars over the last 20 years, you can see a definite trend of fatalities decreasing over time," Bosch's Tony Szczotka told Popular Mechanics. "That trend isn't the same for motorcycles because the technology has only now started to show up."

When Bosch applies this same ABS technology sans curve, it triggers what the engineers lovingly call the rear wheel lift mitigation system, basically a very German way of saying a "stoppie" stopper. You've likely seen this pro level motorcycle trick before, a rider lifts the back wheel off the ground while coming to a slow rolling stop-Bosch's tech eliminates this completely.

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These same stability control sensors also serve a helpful function when a rider is stopped on hill. Heavier bikes can be hard to keep from rolling on steep inclines when adjusting something on your helmet or jacket. The Hill Hold Control will active when the Initial Measurement Unit receives a longitudinal signal greater than 10 percent, the gear position isn't in neutral, and the engine is running. Ranging from 5-9 seconds, this control offers just enough time to fiddle with whatever you're doing and get back to riding.

Connected...to Everything

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Just like how self-driving cars will need to speak to other cars and the surrounding infrastructure, so too will motorcycles. Bosch's onboard system transmits a signal ten times per second up to several hundred meters, farther than most cars' relatively limited 50 meters. Using the same system, they send out information on riders' speed, direction, and position to alert drivers to passing motorcyclists. For the distracted driver, this could be the difference between creeping into a lane where a bike is making a high-speed pass or safely allowing the bike to pass by.

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While this helps make sure that bikes remain small blips on a smart car's radar, what about the ever-changing dangers of the road itself-that's where Connected Horizon comes in. This system basically reads the road and alerts the rider to traffic, potholes, construction, obstacles, or if you're approaching a curve too fast. Although a rider would need a helmet that plugs into this system, the concept is impressive, though somewhat superfluous and needlessly distracting. Constantly changing roads and the traffic chokepoints are more than enough to prioritize a biker's attention, let alone an array of flashing displays and audio information.

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But what to do about the inevitable distracted biker too busy fiddling with a smartphone? In order to keep our beloved devices in our pockets, Bosch created the Integrated Connectivity Cluster which can sync apps on the bike's screen-all controlled with buttons near your left thumb. The screen is bright, big, clear, so you keep your eyes on the road.

But really it's the thumb controls that's the secret work of genius here. With this cluster, riders can keep their hands on the bars when accepting a call, turning up the volume, or changing maps. Other companies like Fusar are currently selling similar technology to be installed on any existing bike, but Bosch is positioning it as an add-on when you purchase a new motorcycle through a big motorcycle maker.

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More Miles, Less Fuel

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Of course in an increasingly warming world, bikes also need to grow with the times-and that means getting more from less. In order to hit stricter EU emissions goals, Bosch is making changes in engine management systems (EMS) to maximize efficiency, like adjusting the angle of their fuel injection system to minimize the emissions from cold start.

It seems like such a simple idea, but as the EU plans on rolling out new emissions standards in 2020, every modification is going be necessary to stay legal. Luckily, Bosch's system will give you onboard analytics and adjust fuel efficiency to reduce consumption by up to 16 percent.

But a fuel-free world also means that scooters, immensely popular in Europe, are getting major upgrades as well. The Govecs and NIU scooters we tested in Boxberg can go slightly north of 60 miles on a single charge, and while that's a fraction of the range compared to a Chevy Bolt or Tesla Model 3, it's still pretty good if you're packed in a big city where population numbers are only growing.

"It is not about going hundreds of miles a day or replacing someone's car" Harald Kröger, president of automotive electronics at Bosch, told Popular Mechanics. "It's more about having this as an alternative. Riding a scooter in a city is a different way of life."

The secret to green energy success is creating efficient, inexpensive, and easy-to-charge scooters. Coup, a Bosch subsidiary, is a scooter-sharing service in Europe that operates much like the bike-sharing companies you see in the U.S. Renting Gogoro scooters, users swap removable battery packs at kiosks throughout the city, tackling the biggest problems with modern electric transportation like distance limits and recharge times. First launched in Berlin last year, the company announced in May that it's now expanding to Paris as well.

But whether it's a scooter or motorcycle, all this technology is impressive but raises some questions. If you have these safety systems, does it remove the human instinct? Well, yes and no. You can still be taught to ride properly and not brake in a corner or let go of the brake on a steep hill, but the tech exists as a safety net that can save your life. "We don't promote [this tech] as a way to push the limit of physics," Szczotka says. "It's meant to be there as a backup to prevent a potential accident."

With Bosch and other motorcycle tech companies working out the finer details of our two-wheeled future, the primary goals seem clear-save something, whether it's a biker, driver, pedestrian, or the planet.

That seems like a goal worth driving toward.

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