Continental decided to make motorcycles greener and saferJuly 11, 2018
Due to the forthcoming changes in the legislation regarding small-bodied motorcycles, the German concern will transfer part of the solutions from the automobile world to two-wheeled vehicles.
In many countries, a motorcycle is not a vehicle for active leisure, but a basic vehicle. Such markets are, for example, India and China, where two-wheeled vehicles with single-cylinder engines up to 150 “cubes” are in great demand.
Both countries are preparing changes in legislation related to harmful emissions from such equipment. In India, carburetor motorcycles will be banned from 2020, and in China, new standards will come into force in the fourth quarter of this year.
At the same time, due to the wide distribution of motorcycles in these countries, most accidents happen precisely with their participation: for example, in India it is 95.5% of all accidents, and in the whole world motorcycles participated in 28.8% of accidents. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2015 in India, the death rate in accidents involving motorcycles was 5.6 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, in China this figure is slightly lower (5.1 per 100 thousand population).
To “fit” motorcycles into tougher environmental standards, Continental developed a budget electronic injection control module designed specifically for motorcycles with an engine capacity of up to 150 cubic meters. see Wheelers & Powersports has designed an inexpensive catalyst that will neutralize harmful emissions in motorcycle exhaust.
“Most people know how to” unscrew the trigger “, but few are able to properly brake, especially in an emergency situation,” they say in Continental. Because, according to the concern, it is very important to equip as many motorcycles as possible with an anti-lock braking system (ABS). The company developed a block of single-channel ABS, which was named MiniMAB. It was created specifically for Asian markets.
Another development is a system for monitoring objects in “dead” zones. It works by analogy with the automotive: sensors catch other vehicles behind the motorcycle. If it is in the “dead” zone, a yellow LED will flash in the mirror, which will alert the rider of the danger of maneuver.