Continental develops 50% smaller, lighter and economical ABS for motorcycles
The new MK 100 MAB developed by Continental, promises to be half the size, lighter and highly economical as compared to the current ABS system in the market. This system will be on display at EICMA Motor Show to be held in Milan, Italy from November 7-11, 2013.
Continental ABS system has come in at an ideal time just when European Union has passed a resolution making ABS mandatory for all motorcycles in the over 125cc displacement segment. This regulation will come into effect from 2016 and will be applicable for all motorcycles from 2017.
Studies have shown that a large percentage of accidents can be avoided when motorcycles are equipped with ABS. This system ensures that bikes and scooters maintain their stability even in emergency braking while riders falling off and receiving serious or fatal injuries will be considerably lower. For more information, scroll through the press release below.
Motorcycle ABS is now Smaller, Lighter and more Affordable
- · The two-channel ABS MK 100 MAB is showcased for the first time at the EICMA.
- · Continental creates own organizational unit for business with electronic brake systems for motorcycles.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October 22, 2013 : With the MK 100 MAB, the international automotive supplier Continental has developed a new anti-lock brake system (ABS) for motorcycles that is approximately 50% smaller and lighter and thus lower in price than previous systems. This new two-channel ABS will be presented for the first time from November 7th to 11th at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. The MK 100 MAB is suitable for all motorcycle types and will initially go into series production in Europe in 2015.
This enhanced system is not only approximately 50% smaller and lighter than the two-channel ABS currently on the market – moreover, due to its enhanced, sturdier features, the MK 100 MAB can be more easily adapted to different motorcycle types. The standard design of the new system includes not only the ABS function, but also a rear wheel lift-off protection system (RLP). Depending on individual customer requirements, a sport ABS function adapted for race track operation, an off-road ABS for off-road driving, and a traction control system for compensating for traction loss during acceleration are also possible.
Continental concentrates motorcycle business in own organizational unit
For as long as ten years now, Continental has developed and produced anti-lock brake systems for two-wheelers to continuously improve active driving safety for motorcycles. In mid-2013, business devoted to electronic brake systems for motorcycles was concentrated in its own organizational unit within the Vehicle Dynamics (VED) Business Unit of the Chassis & Safety Division.”Continental intends to further expand its already growing motorcycle business in the years to come – a new organizational unit dedicated to this business forms the basis for this expansion,” explained Ronan Le Roy, Head of the newly created organizational unit Motorcycle Business.
Just as for passenger cars, anti-lock brake systems are important for motorcycles to ensure that the vehicle remains stable when slamming on the brakes and that the front wheel does not lock, thus preventing uncontrolled skidding. “Studies by ADAC and DEKRA show that 20% to 30% of all accidents can be prevented by equipping motorcycles with an ABS,” said Ronan Le Roy. ”With to the widespread use of ABS systems in motorcycles and scooters, the number of people seriously and fatally injured could be lowered considerably.” The European Union (EU) has already reacted to this: ABS systems are to be mandatory in Europe for all motorcycles over 125 cubic centimeters. This regulation will be effective as of 2016 for newly developed model series, and for all new motorcycles from 2017 onwards.
Continental offers a number of different electronic brake systems for motorcycles, all of which are based on the tried-and-tested ABS technology for passenger cars:
The one-channel ABS is suitable for smaller motorcycles and scooters and was specially developed for more cost-sensitive markets, such as Asia. It prevents the front wheel from locking during braking, thereby reducing the accident risk for the driver.
The two-channel ABS from Continental has already been in production since 2008; the further enhanced MK 100 MAB will also be ready for serial production starting in 2015. This Motorcycle Anti-Lock Brake system (MAB) offers improved brake control and thus optimal deceleration for added driving safety.
The Motorcycle Integral Brake system (MIB) allows the brake to be applied to both wheels even if the driver only activates the front brake lever. The system detects the braking intention and actively builds pressure on the other brake circuit, causing both wheels to decelerate.
With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis,instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has almost 175,000 employees in 46 countries.
The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €7.0 billion in 2012, 34,500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6.1 billion in 2012, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.4 billion in 2012, 33,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €19.5 billion in 2012. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.
The Chassis & Safety Division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and -sensorics, washer systems and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain Division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions and cockpit modules and systems.