MOTORCYCLE SLIDE MITIGATION
Motorcyclists know how dangerous it is to unexpectedly encounter a sudden change in road surface, such as an oil slick or wet painted line, during a ride (and especially when cornering). The bike can slide, leading to an accident. To counter that, Bosch is working on jet-thrust technology that resembles something out of a science-fiction movie. How does it work? Well, when the Bosch inertial system detects a slide, it triggers a gas canister – similar to the inflators found in an airbag assembly – to release gas into a tank which can vent the jet to the desired direction, providing a force vector to keep the bike upright at the critical moment. Although the idea sounds far-fetched, it has already been successfully tested on an actual motorcycle (with outriggers for safety, admittedly).