In automated mode, drivers can use the time gained to relax, work, communicate or be entertained.
Automated vehicles never tire and can perceive critical situations much sooner and avoid them better than a human being.
Automated vehicles can cover distances in a much more coordinated manner and thus save fuel.
Automated vehicles can drive close to vehicles in front, thereby optimally utilizing the capacity of busy roads.
Imagine you could use your commute to work in your car to have a relaxing breakfast and read the paper. You no longer get caught in traffic jams and your car automatically brings you wherever you want to go. And even more safely than is the case today as automated vehicles can significantly reduce accident figures. They can perceive and avoid critical situations much sooner than a human driver can. They reliably adhere to the traffic regulations and never get tired. Even in an emergency, they react much faster than a human driver can.
In combination with increasing connectivity, mobility will change even more fundamentally: when automated vehicles communicate with each other directly or through the cloud, they can cover their routes in an optimally coordinated manner and thus avoid traffic jams. Traffic flows better and the available spaces are utilized better. Automated driving, therefore, not only improves the transport capacity of roads; it also reduces fuel consumption and emissions.
The complex demands associated with automated driving cannot be managed by a single company. That is why Bosch has concluded strategic partnerships with other companies and initiated numerous pilot and research projects. Such joint commitment covers many areas of automated driving and ranges from the development of high-performance camera sensors and connected onboard systems through the generation of detailed digital maps to an entirely autonomous driving system for the city.
While some projects are based on technology already available today, such as sensors, others are clearly aligned toward the development of future technologies. All partnerships concluded ensure synergies in development and help to get automated vehicles onto the road, swiftly and safely.
Bosch initiates, heads and supports various research projects in order to create the technical basics for automated driving and to test various concepts at an early stage.
Paving the way for highly automated and thus for a safer, more secure and comfortable driving by mid-2019 – this is the objective Bosch and 16 additional project partners pursue within the scope of the PEGASUS joint project, promoted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Within this framework, Bosch is working on defining standards in the field of testing and experimenting with automated driving functions and vehicle systems in simulation, on test stands and in real environments.
The project for the establishment of generally accepted quality criteria, tools and methods as well as scenarios and situations for the release of highly automated driving functions (PEGASUS) has the final aim to ensure and facilitate a fast introduction of automated driving into the market.
What are the requirements European motorways have to meet in order to set the course for automated driving and truck platooning? Within the scope of the CONCORDA (Connected Corridor for Driving Automation) project, Bosch is working on answering this question. The main objective is to identify the challenges and potential of hybrid, secure and safe communication and digital infrastructures. Based on this, solutions for the vehicle’s environment perception can be modelled. Moreover the project contributes to a more accurate and reliable localization of the vehicle.
The CONCORDA project uses common application specifications as a basis, which will be updated in an iterative process and in cooperation with the platform C-Roads. This will not only lead to an improvement of existing standards, but also to an elaboration of new ones.
Test sites used for CONCORDA are located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain.