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Riding safety gains significance
India mandates ABS for two-wheelers from 2018
Legislation can influence other markets such as Thailand and Indonesia



Rele Ameet Shashikant
Phone: +91 80 2299-9777


Roohie Menon
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2016-04-28 | India | Corporate News

  • In 2012 nearly 36,000 people died in India while riding a two-wheeler
  • Bosch accident research estimates that every third accident involving a two-wheeler in India could be avoided with a motorcycle ABS
  • Bosch has manufactured more than 2 million motorcycle ABS since 1995
  • Bosch presented its new generation, motorcycle ABS10 as a solution focusing on emerging markets.
  • Motorcycle ABS is becoming a global standard

Bengaluru: Starting from 2018, antilock braking systems (ABS) will be introduced as a standard equipment in India. In the middle of March 2016, the Indian government released an official announcement on the legislation, with the objective of further reducing traffic accident figures. Speaking about this development, Mr. Sandeep N, head of Bosch new business unit ‘Two-Wheelers & Powersports’ in India, said, “Technologies, such as the motorcycle ABS, are key enablers that could help improve the quality of life. Motorcycle ABS has the potential to significantly reduce accidents pertaining to two-wheeler related fatalities. At Bosch we are committed to bringing a positive impact on motorcycle safety through our products and solutions.”

According to a report filed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway Department, in 2012 approximately 36,000 people died in India while riding a two-wheeler. This accounts for nearly 26 percent of the total traffic accidents. The mandatory fitment of motorcycle ABS means a significant step forward along the way to saving lives in India. An estimation from Bosch’s accident research study suggests, that every third accident involving a two-wheeler can be avoided through the implementation of motorcycle ABS. Going beyond, the equipment can also reduce the collision speed of every fifth accident thus helping to reduce the severity of injuries sustained.

Since 1995, Bosch has manufactured over two million units of the ABS for two-wheelers. In 2015, Bosch presented a new generation of its motorcycle ABS, ABS 10 which is up to 30 percent lighter than the current ABS 9 and specifically developed for the use in emerging markets.

Motorcycle ABS is becoming a global standard

By making ABS compulsory for two-wheelers, the Indian government aims at improving riding safety. In India, riding concerns primarily revolve around the country’s infrastructure concerns and unpredictable riding conditions. The regulation is set to apply to two-wheelers with an engine displacement over 125 cc. For two-wheelers with an engine displacement less than or equal to 125 cc, manufacturers have the choice of installing either ABS or the combined brake system (CBS) in order to meet the mandate.

In the European Union, motorcycle ABS has been mandated for all new vehicle types from the beginning of 2016. Similar legislation will also be applicable in Japan from 2018 and in Taiwan from 2019. In Brazil, it is set to apply to two-wheelers with an engine displacement ≥300 cc ramping up between 2016 and 2019. ABS for two-wheelers is also on the political agenda in the U.S. and Australia.

More riding safety for emerging markets

This legislation in India has the potential to influence other emerging markets, such as Indonesia and Thailand, where small two-wheelers also count as the most important means of transportation.

Each year some 21,000 people die in the two-wheeler-accidents in Indonesia and Thailand. Evidence of the extent to which motorcycle ABS increases safety can be found in accident analyses conducted in these two countries. Estimations show that roughly one in four accidents in these countries could have been prevented with the help of ABS.

The antilock braking system enables riders to brake without fear, so they react more quickly and with more power. For example, it prevents the front wheel from locking during an emergency braking maneuver. This means the two-wheeler remains stable, making it easier to avoid a fall.

Bosch has a solution for increasing the riding safety

It is for this target group that Bosch has developed the new, smaller generation of its motorcycle ABS, ABS10, comprising a one-channel and a two-channel solution. In the next five years, Bosch is expecting significant growth in the market for two-wheeler safety systems. A major driver of this is the growing demand in emerging markets. According to Bosch’s end-user survey 2014 conducted in Thailand and Indonesia, over 70 percent of riders recognize the importance of motorcycle ABS.

About Mobility Solutions

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2015 sales came to 41,7 billion euros, or 60 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and auto-mated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

About Bosch Group

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 389,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and En-ergy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its custom-ers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic ob-jective is to deliver innovations 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 Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers near-ly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

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About Bosch in India

In India, Bosch is a leading supplier of technology and services in the areas of Mobility Solu-tions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. Addi-tionally, Bosch has in India the largest development center outside Germany, for end to end engineering and technology solutions. The Bosch Group operates in India through twelve companies, viz, Bosch Limited, Bosch Chassis Systems India Private Limited, Bosch Rexroth India Private Limited, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited, Bosch Automotive Electronics India Private Limited, Bosch Electrical Drives India Private Lim-ited, BSH Home Appliances Private Limited, ETAS Automotive India Private Limited, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering India Private Limited, Automotive Services and Solutions Private Limited, New Tech Filters India Private Limited and Mivin Engineering Technologies Private Limited. In India, Bosch set-up its manufacturing operation in 1951, which has grown over the years to include 18 manufacturing sites, and seven development and application centers. Bosch Group in India employs over 31,000 associates and generated consolidated revenue of about ₨.18,300 crores (1.8 billion euros)* in 2016 of which ₨. 12,950 crores* from third par-ty. The Group in India has close to 18,500 research and development associates.

In India, Bosch Limited is the flagship company of the Bosch Group. It earned revenue of over ₨. 10,500 crores in 2016.

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