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The road to accident-free driving: Bosch showcases safety and autonomous technology that paves the way for the fully automated vehicle

- Advanced driver assistance programs provide the groundwork for fully automated driving

- Automated parking is a natural step for consumers to become comfortable with autonomous features

- Safety and braking systems are progressing to meet emerging needs

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Since the introduction of antilock braking systems in 1978, significant progress has been made in automation and the technical basis for fully automated driving has been formed. Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology products and services, will present its latest automated vehicle technologies at the Bosch Proving Grounds today, where it will showcase advanced technology from its Chassis Systems Control division.

The company will highlight technical tasks, legal challenges, opportunities and possibilities on the way to accident-free, automated driving in the future. Like practically no other automotive supplier, Bosch is an expert in all the technologies needed for automated driving. These include not just the powertrain, brakes, and steering, but also sensors, navigation systems, and connectivity solutions inside and outside the car.

Among the key trends and technologies that will be highlighted are automated parking, surround-view camera systems, automatic emergency braking and advanced safety systems. Several technologies will be shown for the first time publicly in North America.

Parking is a natural step on the path to fully autonomous
Bosch will feature an automated parking technology making its public debut in North America. With Home zone park assist, which is expected to be production-ready in 2019, a driver conveniently controls the parking process by smartphone, even from outside the vehicle. The technology can guide the car, autonomously if needed, to parking spaces up to 100 meters away, where it then maneuvers the car into the space.

Consumers can become comfortable with autonomous maneuvers with Home zone park assist, a technology that saves them time and simplifies stressful or repeated parking maneuvers. Home zone park assist is another example of Bosch technology that helps to reduce accidents and injuries.

A better view of the vehicles’ surroundings
The 3D Surround View multi-camera system from Bosch provides enhanced visibility while parking and maneuvering in complex situations. The vehicle is equipped with four high-resolution, near-range cameras that cover the entire zone around the car. With an aperture of 190 degrees each, the cameras capture the vehicle’s entire surroundings. These cameras provide the driver with a detailed image on the display, including panoramic and bird’s eye views.

Views are automatically selected depending on the vehicle surroundings, so the driver always sees the most critical area. High-quality 3-D views are made possible by correcting lens distortion and applying static and dynamic overlays. A selection of different views enables excellent visibility of the surroundings, matched to individual driving situations.

Safety technologies and scenarios become more specific
As safety technology continues to mature, scenarios become more specific. Bosch will showcase two examples with construction zone assist and overhead clearance assist.

The Construction zone assist system keeps the car within a narrower lane by way of steering corrections. The system takes data from video and ultrasonic sensors and calculates a safe distance on either side to vehicles in the neighboring lane as well as to the crash barrier. The video sensor also measures clear spaces ahead of the vehicle. This enables drivers to easily drive through narrow construction zones as well as bypass large trucks.

Overhead clearance assist keeps drivers from miscalculating the height of their vehicle when they have a luggage rack, bike rack or other objects attached to their vehicle’s roof. The system is configured to know the total height of the vehicle. If you arrive at a location with limited headroom – such as a bridge, a multistory parking garage or a drive-thru – the stereo video camera measures the overhead clearance. Actual headroom and adjusted vehicle height are displayed to the driver by the system. If there is not enough clearance, the driver is warned by the system and can manually stop in time.

Trailer hitch guidance allows for a driver to use a driver assistance function to safely hitch the vehicle to a trailer. The function automatically maneuvers a vehicle into position so that a trailer can be connected simply by lowering the coupler onto the hitch. It uses a rear view camera (RVC) and electronic power steering (EPS) to track the remote trailer coupler and steer the vehicle into alignment with the coupler. The driver remains in control of the brake and acceleration.

Braking for all vehicle configurations
More efficient combustion engines, new driving modes (such as coasting or fully electric driving), as well as modern driver assistance functions, require modular and scalable vacuum-independent solutions for the braking system. The Bosch iBooster operates completely without a vacuum source, meaning that a mechanical vacuum pump is no longer required. The removal of the vacuum pump alone saves fuel and reduces CO2 emissions. Furthermore, functions that reduce fuel consumption (such as start/stop or coasting, during which time the engine is temporarily switched off) are used more comprehensively.

Emergency braking comes to prominence in the US
The proposed enhanced New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) places increased focus on automatic emergency braking technologies. Technologies such as predictive pedestrian protection, as part of automatic emergency braking and other technologies highlighted in the new future NCAP vision as recommended by NHTSA review, could save thousands of lives each year and progress toward the goal of zero deaths on America’s roads. According to Bosch research, automatic emergency braking technology can help prevent up to 74 percent of all rear-end collisions in the U.S.

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About Bosch
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of $78.3 billion (70.6 billion euros) in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com and twitter.com/BoschPresse.
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The Road to Accident-Free Driving - June 2016


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