Bosch recently received the “Safety Technology Award: Innovative Motorcycle Technology for Safer Riding” by the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) which recognises its two-wheeler technologies such as the motorcycle antilock braking system (ABS), motorcycle stability control (MSC), and side view assist.
This is the second award Bosch has received from ASEAN NCAP, the first one being in 2014 for the company’s Electronic Stability Program (ESP®), also known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – a Bosch invention that has saved more than 8,500 lives and prevented more than a quarter of a million traffic accidents to date in Europe alone.
As announced by the Malaysian government, the country will be the first ASEAN country to legislate ESC as a mandatory safety feature in all new passenger cars beginning June 1, 2018.
Southeast Asia is the third-largest two-wheeler market in the world, just after China and India, and the demand for enhanced riding safety is growing in such emerging markets.
Every year, 21,000 fatal two-wheeler accidents occur in Indonesia and Thailand alone.
Furthermore, with around 18 road fatalities per day recorded in 2015 in Malaysia according to the World Health Organization, the country has the third highest road traffic fatality rate in ASEAN, with over 60% of road accidents involving motorcyclists.
“It is our hope that the government passes a legislation for ABS to be made a standard fitment to all new two-wheelers, given that motorcycles are one of the most common means of transportation in our country.
“We believe that such a legislation can help drastically reduce the high motoring fatality rate in Malaysia,” said Bosch Malaysia managing director Simon Song.
Bosch said its accident research studies show that if every two-wheeler is equipped with ABS, roughly one fourth of accidents could be prevented.
In the European Union, the motorcycle ABS legislation has been implemented and applies to all new vehicle types with an engine displacement over 125cc from the beginning of 2016.
Similar legislation will be applicable in Japan from 2018 and in Taiwan from 2019.
This year, the Indian government has announced that motorcycle ABS will be introduced as a standard equipment for all new vehicle types in India from April 2018.
“The passing of this legislation is a milestone in motorcycle safety.
The impact and results have the potential to inspire other countries in Asia to implement the same, especially in Southeast Asia where two-wheelers are a common mode of transportation,” said Song.
Bosch’s latest ABS 10 is a variant that is designed specifically to meet the requirements of emerging markets.
With its smaller and lighter design, this system is easier for manufacturers to integrate into small two-wheelers.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS will be launched globally as the world’s first production model to be fitted with this system, and the 2018 Suzuki GSX-S125 ABS, will also feature the same system.