Companies make a lot of effort to improve the safety of their motorcycles. The efforts usually focused on electronics like cornering ABS, traction control, and electronic suspensions. Seemingly, no one had chosen to use rockets to help a bicycle stay upright.
All riders know that a fall-free motorcycle doesn’t exist. One can find too many aspects that determine the compelling balance of a moving 2-wheeler, and a lot of them does not depend on the rider.
Probably the most common mishaps a driver will at some point face on public highways is the lowside, which may be the result of the front wheel giving up traction. Regardless of how prepared enough a motorcycle is when it comes to safety functions, there is hardly any an electronic sensor can work if a driver tips into a curve too rapidly, or brakes excessively, or perhaps runs over on a slippery mid-corner.
More often than not and for a lot of bikers, saving a lowside is a case of sheer luck or even some experience; holding the throttle open is normally the only thing that can save the day if there is enough space for the bike to recover grip.
For Bosch though, there exists an alternative method to keeping a lowside, one that is actually analyzed under the “sliding mitigation analysis project” and is equated with a magic hand reinforcing to save the spill. The entire idea centers around making use of a major technology in a whole new way.
Bosch proposes using side thrust to minimize the bike’s slip. Newest motorcycles are built with sensors that can determine when a wheel drifts laterally, so, when a specific amount is surpassed, a nozzle sprays wind in a path that will reverse the slip, holding the bike straight and on its trajectory.
It sure seems a lot like the process of rocket propulsion, and in this instance, Bosch advises using gas accumulators currently in use in car airbags. The general system will depend on commonly applied technologies, just rearranged for another function.