The brakes of the future: Bosch Cornering ABS

ECUs, sensors, actuators, pressure regulators all contribute to that small miracle of allowing you to stop within the shortest possible distance and in the shortest possible time, without the wheels locking up or a crash occurring, even if you’re at full tilt.

All of this is known as Bosch ABS Cornering and is the most revolutionary solution to be applied to the bike since the invention of the bike itself. Making a “panic stop” while at full lean, without crashing, may seem like science-fiction. And yet it is a reality. Here and now, with the latest generation of Ducati bikes. 

ABS is an integral part of the bike, which we take for granted. But getting to this point was no easy task. The road was long, at least as long as the history of the bike itself, which was traveling at increasingly high speeds but that also needed to be stopped in some way. All in relation to the performance and roads of the time of course. From the first rudimental leather belts, we progressed to drum brakes with the highly desirable “4 wheel clamps” of the day, the ultimate for those who raced. Powerful but “brusque” brakes, in no way modular, especially in the wet. Who knows whether the riders of time, bothered by unwanted locking and broken mechanical cables, could have imagined where we’d end up. 

Braking systems have always developed in accordance with evolutions in bike performance. The late 60s brought a turning point, with the arrival of the hydraulic disc, destined to become the definitive, untouchable solution. From then on, only refinements were needed, to make the brake disc more powerful (radial calipers) and manageable. Right up to ABS, the greatest step in terms of safety. 

The ST4 S was the first Ducati to have it and, from then on, braking systems took a new direction, comprising increasingly precise sensors, electronics, and algorithms that brought the braking system to its current state-of-the-art level. A level that sees artificial intelligence override the human brain, especially when it comes to braking at full lean. Truly the final frontier of technology, the light that illuminates the final black hole of active safety. 

Bosch ABS Cornering is the missing piece in the braking systems puzzle. A piece that could only be added after integrating the inertial platform into the bike’s electronics. Thanks to said platform, the ECU can identify the bike’s exact position in space, or rather to what extent it is leaning, accelerating and braking. Essentially, Bosch ABS Cornering is able to regulate the pressure of the braking system, preventing any so-called “downside” or rather a crash caused by the locking of the front of the bike.