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Bosch Focuses on ABS and Cheaper Engine Management Systems for the Indian Market

Technology giant Bosch is becoming interested in one of the biggest motorcycle markets in the world, India. The automotive components manufacturer appears to play the high-tech card in the mentioned market and believes that the introduction of ABS and EMS (engine management system) technologies is a bet that's worth making.
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Bosch officials believe that the Indian market, and with it, others in the area, such as Thailand or Indonesia, will draw massive benefits from the implementation of ABS and EMS. In these markets, two-wheelers represent one of the crucial transport methods and enhancing the safety of these vehicles would lead to fewer accidents.

Geoff Liersch, Head of Bosch Business Unit Two-Wheeler & Powersports says that around one third of the accidents that involve motorbikes in India could be avoided with the use of ABS. Even more, he says that even when the presence of ABS is not enough to avoid the accident altogether, the anti-blocking system will still be able to reduce the speed before the impact, reducing the severity of the injuries.

When it comes to the engine management system (EMS) technologies, Bosch believes that even emerging markets can benefit from the advantages they bring, and even for the small-displacement motorbikes that are so popular there.

Although the EMS technology that is being used in top motorcycles in the Western markets is expensive, Bosch says that a cost-efficient alternative is feasible. The EMS envisaged for these markets include the control unit, the injector system, and a specially-designed software, but eliminates the individual sensors needed in traditional systems.

The manufacturing process and the dedicated software are kept at very competitive costs, and Bosch says that the addition of these new technologies will not introduce massive price increases in the industry.

On the benefits side, Bosch says that, in certain cases, the EMS can reduce fuel consumption by up to 16 percent. Even more, thanks to the implementation of electronic engine management, India could keep an eye on the emissions regulations and make its vehicles compliant with the future standards that will be enforced throughout the world. Also, injected engines also come with better throttle response and easier starting in colder weather.

Alongside ABS and EMS, Bosch also has interconnection on the list, but the integrated connectivity cluster (ICC) will most likely have to wait a bit.


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