Change is constant, and everything appears to be transforming into a better version of itself on this ever-changing planet. Similarly, in the vehicle business, technology has played a key role in making today's two-wheelers more efficient, powerful, and enjoyable to ride.
In India, new technologies that will impact two wheelers, Iike the IoT-enabled scooters and ridesharing, are already making ripples. For example, commuters may pick up IoT-enabled scooters from a start-up in Bangalore and return them to the same location once they have arrived at their destination.
While mainstream telematics and new technologies will impact two-wheelers, drive assistance systems are already implemented into modern commercial and passenger vehicles. The current wave of digital connectivity is swiftly expanding into the two-wheeler category as well.
So let us look at the top innovations that have made contemporary motorcycles irresistible while we are at it.
One of the new technologies that will impact two wheelers continuously monitors the rotation of a bike's wheels. ABS is essentially a vehicle safety device that lets the wheels maintain contact with the road surface based on the rider's braking application.
This helps in preventing the wheels from ceasing rotation and preventing uncontrolled skidding. “Anti-skid braking system” is another name for this system.
A slipper clutch is a bespoke clutch with an incorporated freewheel mechanism designed specifically for high-performance motorbikes to mitigate the negative impacts of engine braking as riders decelerate.
It is designed in such a way that when the rear tire tries to accelerate the engine, it partially disengages. This new technology, in the clutch, provides for a small degree of slip in the opposite direction, allowing for reasonably unfettered rear wheel spin.
When a rider twists the throttle for forceful acceleration, the bike briefly stalls due to the abrupt, high flow of air in the combustion chamber, resulting in inefficient combustion and a harsh ride.
In this case, ride-by-wire technology is used to provide smooth acceleration. This one of the new technologies that will impact two-wheelers eliminates direct contact between the twist grip and the throttle butterflies, allowing the butterflies to open just enough to prevent the airflow from stalling at full power.
This technology adjusts engine torque, letting the back tire to maintain a consistent forward motion. Traction control systems assist riders in accelerating, braking, and steering more efficiently, making riding safer. Traction control makes it easier to ride on slick surfaces by ensuring that the bike and the road have enough grip.
The need for digitally connected two-wheelers creates the potential for collaboration among automakers, suppliers, technology businesses, telecom carriers, insurance companies, government regulators, and transportation operators.
All these parties must work together to provide a superior two-wheeler riding experience with increased safety provided by technical developments.
The key goals of new breakthrough vehicle technology are efficiency, safety, and comfort. As new technologies evolve and production and integration costs decrease, they quickly become mainstream or conventional technology. After years of the status quo, the technical innovation that we are seeing today and soon for two-wheelers is invigorating.