Continental will be showcasing a range of advanced rider assistance systems (ARAS), engine management systems, as well as transmission and chassis control technologies of the future at the upcoming Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA). The company will also display other motorcycle technologies, including exhaust management systems, and tyre innovations for the new season. Continental said its latest generation of complete solutions for engine management are ready for series production.
The company’s ARAS for motorcycles are said to combine safety and driving pleasure, with these systems increasingly determining the riding process, Continental noted. These ARAS include ABS brake systems, Traffic Sign Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning or Emergency Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Headlight Assist.
Continental said ABS is the best example of unobtrusive, efficient operation with a high degree of effectiveness, and offers the best balance between safety and control. The range of ABS systems extends from simple single-channel ABS for scooters and small motorcycles, to the two-channel ABS MK 100, right up to the MK 100 Motorcycle Integral Brake (MIB) system. Traffic Sign Assist registers and signals speed limits and overtaking bans and indicates them to the rider, while Blind Spot Detection uses rearwards facing radar to detect traffic in the mirror’s blind spot. Additionally, analysis of the traffic in front by camera and/or radar, in combination with the Forward Collision Warning or Emergency Brake Assist functions helps to prevent rear-end collisions.
The company said it helps two-wheelers achieve maximum efficiency with minimal dimensions with ultra-modern engine management components and making them fit for the future. An example if this is Continental’s Air Module Engine Control Unit in its ‘M4L’ version, which was initially developed for motorcycles and scooters with single-cylinder, four stroke engines up to 250 cc. This throttle valve housing with integrated engine management electronics, actuators and sensors manages without extensive wiring harness.
Another technology in the direction towards efficient engine operation is the Fuel Supply Unit (FSU), which was initially developed for single-cylinder, four stroke engines with up to 150 cc engine displacement. This electronically-controlled piston fuel pump works with very low friction and noise, giving it a clear unique selling proposition when compared to conventional pumps. FSU supplies constant pressure under all operating conditions and in all speed ranges without the need for an additional, separate pressure control valve, further enhancing fuel efficiency, Continental explained.
Tobias Butz, Project Manager and Development Engineer for ARAS, Continental Engineering Services, said Continental’s systems support riders without patronising them. ARAS from Continental benefit from many years of experience in R&D for passenger cars and will make a long-term contribution towards taking a giant step closer to the company’s ‘Vision Zero,’ he added.
All Continental components for modern engine management can be individually configured due to their modular design, noted Torsten Bellon, responsible for Two-Wheeler and Powersports Engine Management Systems, Continental. He said these components can be integrated into engines from different performance ranges, which helps to react quickly and flexibly to the provisions of global markets and specific requirements of customers worldwide.