With speeding being responsible for 90 per cent of traffic accidents on Dubai roads, Robert Bosch, a multinational engineering and electronics company, has developed the world’s first all-in-one safety system for motorcycles.
The Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), designed to measure key motorcycle data and intervene in critical situations, allows riders to brake and accelerate safely, without sacrificing performance, said a company statement.
According to Saif Al Mazroui, director of the Dubai Traffic Police, most accidents involving recreational motorcycles are fatal due to the bikers driving in excess of 100 kph without wearing appropriate protective clothing.
Dubai Police statistics have revealed that there were 22 rollover motorcycle accidents in the winter, in which 28 people were injured, of which 14 severely.
The MSC system applies acceleration and braking proportionally to prevent the wheels from locking, spinning, or lifting from the ground, and monitors the riding situation to achieve maximum deceleration in straight-line braking.
With the MSC system hoping to reduce the number of fatalities on the road, UAE based-rider Sam Sunderland, from the Red Bull KTM Factory Rally Team, believes all drivers need to adhere to the speed limits and be extra cautious when driving in traffic.
“It's important everyone enjoys driving and the freedom to ride, but racing needs to be kept strictly for the track. Speed kills. It is always encouraging knowing that new technology is being developed to help reduce the numbers of accidents on the roads and ultimately improve the safety and driving experience of motorcycles,” he added.
“MSC is the next big step in motorcycle safety,” said Andreas Bodemer, vice president for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Middle East and Africa.
“With so many motorcycle fatalities occurring along curves, this technology will help riders to pilot safely through these challenging situations, he observed.
“MSC is a leading-edge solution that does not interfere with the thrill of the ride, but aids us in reaching our goal of accident- and injury-free driving,” he added.
Bosch offers a modular approach to motorcycle safety technologies, including ABS units to suit any type of motorised two-wheeler that features a hydraulic brake system.
The portfolio ranges from a single hydraulic brake channel to control the front wheel, to a dual-channel system, to the top-of-the-line ABS 9 enhanced system, which features an electronic combined brake system function that automatically optimizes brake performance on both wheels, regardless of which brake the rider applies.