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Leading automotive technology manufacturer, Bosch, is working on a new system to prevent motorcycle accidents. Most motorcycle riders face casualties when their bike slides off the track. The new Bosch technology aims to prevent just that.
Unofficially named as Bosch Anti-Slide, the system uses actual thrusters to counteract an unwanted body motion; in this context, the slide. The unit is similar to the thrusters found in space suits*.
*Astronauts use thrusters or boosters in their suit to manoeuvre in space.
The working principle of Bosch Anti-Slide is pretty simple. Imagine a motorcycle taking a left turn. While cornering, if the motorcycle slides to the right, the thrusters activate and propel the bike to the right; bringing the two-wheeler back on track.
At least some of you might find this a bit confusing. If you think the thrusters should've been activated on the opposite side, you are not alone in imagining it wrong.
The confusion happens when you see the working principle as a pivot system, like a see-saw. Bosch Anti-Slide does not straighten the angle of tilt. Instead, it slides the motorcycle back to its original position.
Since the system is still in the infant stage of development, its feasibility is questionable. Also, a motorcycle slide can happen due to a lot of reasons. While some of them can be corrected depending on rider skills, some are just unavoidable.
Bosch Anti-Slide is a new concept in the two-wheeler segment. For the same reason, we cannot judge its efficiency just by understanding the working principle.
Here is a video showing its activation on a KTM 1290 Adventure (previous generation):
As shown, the system doesn't seem to be that effective now. The motorcycle is still on supports while sliding the corner. However, if Bosch does marvel at the system, it can assist other units such as Cornering ABS and Traction Control.
The system has one disadvantage. Just like airbags, the Bosch Anti-Slide can be used only once. After that, the thrusters need to bereplaced. It could cost quite a bit too.
Hence, if your future motorcycle does come fitted with Bosch Anti-Slide, make sure that you slide only once on a trip.
Thoughts On The Bosch Anti-Slide System For Two-Wheelers
Bosch has been at the forefront of automotive equipment and technology for a very long time now. In fact, ABS was developed by Bosch in August 1978. Bosch Anti-Slide could just be the next big thing in two-wheeler technology. Though the system is presently under development, we can expect Bosch to pioneer the system in the near future.
*The digital illustrations shown are that of Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC).