After capturing the four wheeler automotive industry, German auto parts manufacturer Bosch is planning to invest in anti-lock braking systems (ABS) for two-wheelers from next fiscal year. The company will start the manufacturing process at Bosch India’s Chakan plant, in Maharashtra.
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.
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.
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.
Andreas Wolf, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Quality, Bosch said:
We are planning to start the manufacture of ABS for bikes here at our Chakan plant in Pune from April next year to meet the huge demand for such systems in the country in future. Bosch will be using Industry 4.0 approach in manufacturing two-wheeler parts in the future. Bosch will implement smart manufacturing in two-wheeler business. We will deliver some components and contribute to the two-wheeler business in future.
After the government has mandated use of ABS in all two wheelers, Bosch is among the first set of companies that has taken this initiative. The German giant has also conducted an accident research study that suggests that every third accident involving a two-wheeler can be avoided through the fitment of motorcycle ABS