New Bosch Connectivity Control Units for two-wheelers
- Connectivity is the basis for a wide variety of different services
- Rescue control centre sends help to riders at the scene of the accident
- Connectivity improves safety, efficiency and vehicle servicing
This year’s EICMA (Esposizione Mondiale Del Motociclismo), one of the world’s most important exhibitions for two-wheelers, is the venue at which Bosch will present a Connectivity Control Unit (CCU) for two-wheelers for the first time. This innovative box acts as a communications centre that can collect the operating data of individual vehicles and use an automatic emergency call system to deliver important information to rescue workers and call them to the scene of an accident with pinpoint accuracy. Thanks to its connectivity options, the Connectivity Control Unit, which was specially developed by Bosch engineers to meet the needs of two-wheelers, provides the basis for a wide variety of different services that increase safety for two-wheeler riders and can continually monitor the technical condition of the vehicle at the same time.
eCall and bCall functionality for two-wheelers and their riders
After a two-wheeler accident, every second often counts for the accident victims. Immediately after an accident, the new Bosch CCU for two-wheelers makes it possible to transmit an automatic emergency call as it is able to recognise and evaluate critical driving manoeuvres on the basis of sensor information from the vehicle and rider as well as with the help of a ‘crash algorithm’. The emergency call system activated in this way then automatically transmits such accident-relevant data as place, time and type of vehicle to a rescue control centre or service provider - such as Bosch Service Solutions - via eCall. If the connection to the vehicle battery is interrupted, the eCall can also be transmitted by a backup battery. The control centre or a service agent establishes a voice connection. If the accident makes it impossible to establish a voice connection to the rider, this information is transmitted to the nearest rescue service. It is also possible to cancel the eCall if no help is required.
In the event of a technical vehicle breakdown, the rider can send a ‘breakdown call’ (bCall) to inform a service centre. Thanks to integrated GPS and GSM modules, the Connectivity Control Unit delivers initial information on the scene of the breakdown and on the technical status as well as on any entries in the vehicle’s error memory. The service centre can then initiate a repair or breakdown service as stipulated by the two-wheeler manufacturer or establish a voice connection to the rider, advise him or help him with remote diagnosis.
Intelligent connectivity for a wide variety of different services
The Bosch CCU also offers two-wheeler manufacturers an array of other services with different features that can be implemented specific to the manufacturer.
For example, the CCU can accommodate a Remote Service, which can be used in combination with bCall, as well as independently from home or when on the road. This makes it possible to access many different types of information, including the fuel level, tire pressure, oil or coolant temperature, the date of the next servicing or information from the error memory. In addition, such vehicle parameters as driving modes or the ABS mode can be conveniently configured from home.
Based on the location data transmitted, an Information Call makes it possible to obtain driving recommendations to so-called Points of Interest (iCall/POI), which could be the nearest filling station, mechanic or pharmacy, the nearest hospital, a hotel or a shopping centre. The data required to reach the selected destination is transmitted to the integrated navigation system via the CCU. And what’s more - service agents can even use this feature to provide such additional services as reserving a hotel room or offering information on local tourist sights.
Other potential applications include Tour Statistics, with which the rider can document individual route information such as driving times, mountain passes and their altitudes or specific curve properties. In the event the two-wheeler is stolen, the Bosch CCU offers a Stolen Vehicle Tracking Service. The Connectivity Control Unit is able to identify an unauthorised change in location and can send a warning message to the service centre, indicate the current position of the vehicle and inform the vehicle owner and the police, if desired.
In addition, the CCU is ready for future so-called Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V) services and thus for specific Safety Features. V2V communication includes a direct connection between vehicles, whereby the CCU continually transmits information on its own location, driving direction, speed and acceleration. In the future, other vehicles with the corresponding equipment will be able to receive this information and recognise these vehicles in their immediate vicinity. As a result, warnings can be issued early in critical situations, at intersections, for example, or when overtaking - or when a traffic jam ends in a blind bend.
Using the innovative Bosch Connectivity Control Unit can provide valuable help to keep riders safer on the road in the future. In addition, maintenance and repairs can be scheduled as needed based on the data available. As a result, it can be ensured that the two-wheeler will always be in perfect technical condition.
Contact: Susan Shrosbree, phone: 44 (0)1895 838545
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