Side view assist: Bosch helps motorcyclists change lanes

  • Side view assist warns riders of other vehicles in their blind spot
  • Bosch aims to make motorcycling safer without sacrificing riding enjoyment
  • Assistance system helps improve safety, particularly in urban traffic

Bosch has unveiled side view assist, the world’s first assistance system for motorcycles. This system uses four ultrasonic sensors that monitor their surroundings to help riders change lanes safely. The sensors cover a distance of up to five meters in areas that are difficult or impossible to see using just the mirrors. Whenever there is a vehicle in the rider’s blind spot, the technology warns them using an optical signal close to the mirror, so they can avoid a collision when changing lanes.

“We want to make motorcycling safer without sacrificing riding enjoyment,” says Bosch board member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel.

Side view assist differentiates between oncoming traffic and hazards

Bosch side view assist’s four ultrasonic sensors are installed in pairs in the bodywork at the front and rear of the bike. The rear sensors monitor the blind spot in the neighboring lanes to the left and right. The two front sensors provide a plausibility check.

If the front left sensor detects an object before the rear left sensor does, then the control unit knows that this is an oncoming vehicle on the other side of the road – and issues no warning. Vehicles that are in the process of parking are similarly recognised and do not lead to a warning. Only if one of the rear ultrasonic sensors registers an object before the front sensors do will the system issue a warning to the rider; it does not intervene in their riding maneuvers.

Assistance system supports riders in complex traffic situations

Side view assist is active at speeds ranging from 25 to 80 kilometers per hour and supports riders whenever the difference in relative speed to other road users is small. The system helps improve safety especially in cities, where heavy traffic makes it necessary to change lanes more often.

Press photos: 1-CC-21778, 1-CC-21779

Related links: www.bosch-motorcycle.com

Contact person for press inquiries:
Rianne Ojeh, 01895 838 822

Email: Rianne.Ojeh@uk.bosch.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely. 

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