Continental has developed a new generation of its compact 2-channel ABS for motorcycles (MK 100 MAB PYA) wherein a new type of sensor is optionally integrated directly into the circuit board of the ABS.
Series production and delivery of the enhanced 2-channel ABS to a major international motorcycle manufacturer is scheduled to start in 2024.
With this, a separate motorcycle inertial measurement unit is no longer required. As a result, the mechanical holder for the motorcycle is eliminated, no wiring harness is required, and production becomes easier for the motorcycle manufacturer.
Moreover, integrating the sensor on the circuit board is significantly more cost-effective than a separate box, which is particularly relevant in volume models, the company said.
Notably, the first 2-channel ABS followed as early as 2008. In a 2-channel ABS, both the front and rear brakes are controlled separately. Production of the second generation of these systems, MK 100 MAB, started in 2015.
This experience and the integration of sensor technology on the circuit board of the ABS, already used in the integral braking system MIB from 2018, now form the basis for the new 2-channel ABS generation MK 100 MAB PYA. PYA (Pressure, Yaw, Acceleration) means that the sensor technology measures all three rotation rates and accelerations in space.
An innovative sensor element inside the ABS on the MK 100 MAB PYA detects lateral acceleration and rotation rates on all spatial axes, thus providing the data basis for advanced protective functions such as optimised curve braking and lift-off detection of the rear wheel.
Interestingly, despite this higher degree of integration in the ABS, Continental’s developers retained the highly compact dimensions of the previous generation of 2-channel ABS.
Lothar Kienle, Head - Motorcycle Development- Safety and Motion Business, Continental, said, “With sensor integration on our new 2-channel ABS, we are creating the conditions for comprehensive protection functions and thus even greater safety.”
It also reduces the installation space required on the motorcycle, which is a major advantage for the customers, he added.
According to Continental Accident Research, motorcycle ABS offers the potential to reduce accidents by around 25%.
Since ABS was introduced as standard on newly registered motorcycles over 125 cubic centimetres in the European Union in 2016, the number of motorcyclists killed in Germany alone has fallen from 536 to 473 in 2021.
Furthermore, during the same period, the number of motorcycle driving accidents resulting in personal injury dropped from 8,607 to 8,221. With higher ABS equipment rates and over time, the numbers are expected to continue to decline.