Bosch Wants To Prevent Motorcycle Crashes With Jets Of Air

Bosch is developing a piece of technology which can help to prevent low-side motorcycle crashes.

Dubbed slid mitigation, the system uses a sensor that can detect sideways wheel slip if a motorcyclist runs over wet leaves, an oil spill, or gravel on the road. If the sensor detects a certain value of slip, a jet of air is released from a gas accumulator similar to what is used in passenger car airbags.

This gas flows into the tank adapter and vents through a nozzle to keep the motorcycle on track.

As it stands, Bosch’s innovative piece of technology can only be deployed once before the gas accumulator needs to be replaced. Even still, saving you from a single low-side is extremely valuable.

This isn’t the only piece of tech which Bosch has developed to help motorcyclists. For starters, a new collision warning system has been developed which alerts the rider through an acoustic or optical signal if they get dangerously close to another vehicle. Additionally, Bosch has developed a blind-spot recognition system which can detect if a vehicle is in the rider’s blind spot.

Bosch intends on introducing adaptive cruise control, blind spot warnings, and collision warning in the Ducati Multistrada and KTM 1290 Super Duke.

 

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  • TrevP

    I like this idea actually. It makes sense.

    • Mill0048

      Having low-sided due to a loose surface conditions mid-corner, I can definitely say yes to this.

  • Knotmyrealname

    As if they don’t drive like d1cks already. This will give them even more bravado. I’d like to see the jets of air shooting down….

    • TheHake

      Up yours!

      • Knotmyrealname

        No thanks.

  • KenjiK

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • Mill0048

    The jets fire on the outside of the corner, pushing the tires toward the tarmac with more force, creating more grip. Mid corner lift would surely cause a more disastrous situation.

  • Thunderbolt

    Autonomous bike would be nice, so I can show off playing game on the phone and riding at the same time.

  • eb110americana

    You are thinking that the jet pushes “up” to prevent the bike from falling over. What it actually does is keep the rear tire from sliding out from under the bike if you lose traction under cornering forces when the bike is leaning. The jet fires, pushing the bike towards the apex of the corner, which causes the bike to straighten up instead of slide.

  • kachuks

    Just get some training wheels.

  • TheHake

    Even more weight added to the bike… 🙁

  • Nuno Costa

    I never drove a bike, so my question might be a bit silly. But, in the conditions presented (mid curve, loss of grip) a sudden unexpected burst to generate a force is really helpful? Wouldn’t that cause more harm than good? I guess the situations where this is useful would be pretty limited to say the best.

    It’s nonetheless interesting to see research being done to cope with this problems in vehicles different than cars.

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