Making the most of car time
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When your car drives you, instead of you driving it. When it doesn’t just get you on the road, but prevents accidents too. When stress behind the wheel turns into a time-out for you. That’s the future. And it’s closer than you think.
Under the hood
As soon as a person gives up control of the wheel, technology ensures safety. Our test vehicle, a converted Tesla Model S, is hiding something really special:
Mid-range radar sensors
are the basis for a number of assistance functions, such as the ACC adaptive cruise control and a predictive emergency braking system.
Stereo video camera
The stereo video camera helps create a three-dimensional image of the vehicle’s surroundings. Lanes, traffic signs, and open spaces can be identified. The Bosch camera is the smallest for automotive applications available in the market.
Long-range radar sensors
can detect other vehicles at a distance of up to 250 meters and allow the system to intervene early in critical and dynamic situations.
Hands off: How automated driving can gradually be achieved
STEP 1: ASSISTED DRIVING AND PARKING
Drivers are given the support they need to reach their destination safely and without stress.
STEP 2: PARTIALLY AUTOMATED DRIVING AND PARKING
In certain driving situations, driver assistance systems take over the job of driving straight ahead and changing lanes. They have to be permanently monitored by drivers.
STEP 3: HIGHLY AUTOMATED DRIVING AND PARKING
Drivers can temporarily hand responsibility over to the car. However, they must be prepared to reassume control at all times.
STEP 4: FULLY AUTOMATED DRIVING AND PARKING
The system can deal with all driving situations. It does not have to be monitored.
of traffic accidents are the result of human error, says our project manager Michael Fausten.
More safety, more time for you
The new driving culture also has a social benefit: “With this new kind of driving, traffic jams will be a thing of the past: after all, automated vehicles won’t slow down to gawk at the scene of an accident,” says Michael Fausten, project manager at Bosch. “It will also save time and fuel if all vehicles are automated and able to travel in the slipstream of the vehicle in front. Automated driving is also a way to ensure elderly people can continue to play an active role in society.”
Step by step to automated driving. The driver’s assistant systems for the mobility of the future are developed in a continuous process and lead to more safety.