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Eyes for Automated Cars: Bosch works with partners in new camera technology

Cooperation with Sony Semiconductor Solutions
- Cooperation between Bosch and Sony Semiconductor Solutions is intended to enable more precise mapping with video sensors even in difficult light conditions.

- Know-how in image acquisition and automotive technology flows into innovative video sensors for driver assistance systems and automated driving.

Stuttgart - Suddenly blinded, visibility restricted: This is what car drivers experience regularly when driving on a sunny day through the sun. Short-term blind flight is often called for on the way out of a tunnel in the light day due to the light of the daylight. Changing or poor lighting conditions not only present the human eye with challenges, but also video sensors as required for driver assistance systems and automated driving. In order to make the sensors even better, Bosch and Sony Semiconductor Solutions have now agreed to cooperate. Together, both companies want to develop a highly innovative camera technology with which cars can reliably capture their environment even in difficult light conditions.

Better to see in difficult light conditions

In addition to radar and ultrasonic sensors, video sensors are the organs of modern cars. For the realization of driver assistance systems such as an automatic emergency braking system on pedestrians, a tracking assistance system or a traffic sign recognition, cameras are already gaining more and more entry into current vehicle models. The advantage of video sensors lies in the recognition of objects and the information density of the generated images. Bosch has been producing video sensors with mono- and stereo technology for the 360-degree panoramic view for many years in-house and is one of the leading suppliers in this sector for the automotive industry. In the future, video sensors will also be an essential part of the sensor concept for automated driving. For this purpose, Which function reliably from dark to light and vice versa in the event of a rapid change in the light conditions. In addition, they must be able to distinguish quickly and clearly from each other during dramatic differences in brightness. "Only when automating cars capture their surroundings precisely at any time, they can be safely on the road," says Steiger.

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Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs nearly 32,800 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. In 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company em-ploys roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016) and generated sales of 73.1 billion euros ($80.9 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sec-tors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor tech-nology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to cre-ate solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 sub-sidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 loca-tions across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

Bosch and Sony Semiconductor Solutions 2017 - May 2017

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