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Modern assistance systems help riders reach their destination in a safer, more relaxed manner. Based on intelligent sensor technology, assistance systems constantly monitor the vehicle surroundings to detect potentially dangerous situations at an early stage. In critical riding situations, these systems warn and actively support the rider in an effort to avoid a collision.
Helps riders change lanes safely
Bosch’s side view assist is the world’s first assistance system for motorcycles. This system uses four ultrasonic sensors that monitor their surroundings to help riders change lanes safely. The sensors cover a distance of up to five meters in areas that are difficult or impossible to see using just the mirrors. Whenever there is a vehicle in the rider’s blind spot, the technology warns them by way of an optical signal close to the mirror, so they can for example avoid a collision when changing lanes.
Bosch side view assist’s four ultrasonic sensors are installed in pairs in the bodywork at the front and rear of the motorcycle. The rear sensors monitor the blind spot in the neighboring lanes to the left and right. The two front sensors provide a plausibility check. If the front left sensor detects an object before the rear left sensor does, then the control unit knows that this is an oncoming vehicle on the other side of the road ― and issues no warning. Vehicles that are in the process of parking are similarly recognized and do not lead to a warning. Only if one of the rear ultrasonic sensors registers an object before the front sensors do will the system issue a warning to the rider; it does not intervene in their riding maneuvers.
Side view assist is active at speeds ranging from 25 to 80 kilometers per hour and supports riders whenever the difference in relative speed to other road users is small. The system helps improve safety especially in cities, where heavy traffic makes it necessary to change lanes more often.