• Bosch develops digital emergency call system for bikers

    Date:5 June 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

    The risk of being killed or seriously injured in a motorcycle accident is 20 times higher than being killed in a car. This has prompted Bosch to develop ‘Help Connect’, a digitally connected emergency call system for motorcycle riders that speeds up the rescue process.

    The digitally connected emergency call system uses an intelligent crash algorithm installed in the vehicle’s inertial sensor unit to detect accidents. Using a smartphone app, Help Connect transmits information about the accident scene and the rider to the Bosch Service Centre, and from there to the emergency services, helping them find the victim more quickly.

    “Help Connect adds a digital guardian angel to the broad Bosch portfolio of motorcycle safety systems,” said Harald Kroeger from the Bosch board of management in a statement.

    Help Connect draws on information from the Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control, and more specifically its inertial sensor unit. This integrated sensor measures acceleration and angular velocity one hundred times a second, meaning the sensor can accurately calculate the motorcycle’s current position and angle of lean.

    Help Connect does not require an additional control unit, which makes integrating it into the motorcycle more straightforward. It simply connects to Bosch’s Vivatar emergency app via Bluetooth. Help Connect also transmits any medical data provided by the rider to the Bosch Service Centre. This data may prove vital for the emergency services.

    If the accident is severe and the rider fails to respond, emergency services are immediately directed to the scene. Smartphones are generally carried close to the body, riders who have been in an accident can be quickly located even if they were thrown off their vehicle in the crash.

    An automatic message of this sort can cut the time it takes for emergency services to arrive on the scene by up to half.

    Image: Bosch


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