Browse Publications Technical Papers 2009-32-0124
2009-11-03

Development of Fail-safe Method for Motorcycle's Electronic Throttle Control System 2009-32-0124

In recent years, even motorcycles impose demands for engine power controls that are more flexible and precise. The Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system is one of the methods that addresses this need. However, the most important issue facing the installation of the ETC system on the motorcycle is handling failures.
To avoid this problem, we developed an ETC system for motorcycles that can properly effect engine power control in case of a failure. This ETC system contains in duplicate the major components to detect failures and switch to a failure mode properly.
To effect control that is optimally suited to the type of failure, this system switches between three types of failure modes. These failure modes are designed to minimize risks in case of a failure and maximize the operational capability while the rider is on the way to have the motorcycle repaired.
Thus, by creating a fail-safe system that effects engine power control, while keeping the vehicle characteristics in mind, the installation of the ETC system on motorcycles has been made possible.

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