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Sense, Think, Act: ­What automated vehicles need to be capable of

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In principle, an automated vehicle needs to have the same skills as a human driver – only better. Firstly, it has to be able to perceive and interpret its surroundings (“Sense”). For this, it uses the surround sensors just like humans use their senses. Secondly, it needs to process information received and plan its driving strategy (“Think”). This task is undertaken by the vehicle computer using software and intelligent algorithms. And thirdly, it needs to use its powertrain, steering and braking power to move its wheels in such a way that the planned driving strategy is put into practice (“Act”). To this effect, the wheels of a car are its limbs while the sub-systems for accelerating, steering and braking represent its muscles. Electronic lines are the nerve pathways sending impulses in the form of data to the sub-systems and stimulating action.

With its solutions and expertise in each of these three areas (Sense, Think and Act), Bosch is ideally positioned to gradually revolutionize mobility with automated technology.

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Sense

Automated cars perceive and interpret their surroundings

The surround sensors provide all the information used by the automated car for perception of its entire surroundings. In combination with high-resolution digital maps, they also ensure that it always knows its exact position. The sensors also keep a permanent eye on the driver and examine whether he or she is capable of taking control if necessary. Using connected services, the vehicle even knows about road conditions ahead and can adapt its driving behavior accordingly, e.g. in the event of icy conditions. Already today, Bosch has the requisite technologies for perception of the vehicle’s surroundings and has started volume production of many of them in its driver assistance systems.

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Think

Automated vehicles learn and plan ahead

Automated cars decide in real time which driving strategy is the best in order to resolve the current traffic situation and reach their destinations. This task is assumed by the vehicle computer using the interpreted surround sensor data processed by the software. By using artificial intelligence in the software development the vehicle learns to better understand its environment. The software distinguishes between various objects such as pedestrians, cyclists, buildings or other vehicles and familiarizes itself with their respective characteristic behavior. This enables the vehicle to make reliable forecasts and to drive safely and proactively.

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Act

Automated vehicles drive safely to their destinations

The central vehicle computer calculates the values used by the vehicle’s powertrain, braking or steering system to implement individual driving maneuvers such as changing lanes, turning off or driving around bends. What direction needs to be steered in? How much acceleration or braking is necessary? Particularly high demands apply during automated driving for safety-critical systems and components which are designed redundantly for this purpose: If one of the systems is no longer able to fulfill its function, this is assumed by a back-up system. Bosch already avails of redundant system solutions for steering and braking.

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Perfect collaboration – in the car and in development

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 innovative camera sensors and connected onboard systems through the generation of detailed , high-resolution digital maps to fully automated 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.

Find out more about the partnerships concluded, the resulting synergies, and how they help to get automated vehicles onto the road safely.

Bosch, Vodafone and Huawei enable smart cars to communicate with each other

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Bosch and its partners are testing communication between cars and their surroundings using 5G mobile telephony.

Intelligent mobile telephony can help prevent potentially dangerous driving situations from becoming even more critical. Known as Cellular-V2X (vehicle to everything), the technology makes it possible for a car to communicate with other vehicles and its surroundings through mobile telephony. Since February 2017, Bosch, Vodafone and Huawei have been performing trials of the new, high-performance technology – the first companies in Europe to do so. The A9 freeway in Bavaria is the location for the field tests with the first 5G test modules. Direct communication between vehicles provides information about what is happening in parts of an intersection not visible to the driver, or on the freeway beside or behind the driver’s own car. The new mobile telephony system thus paves the way for automated driving.

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Bosch to acquire stake in map provider HERE

High-definition digital maps are a key requirement for automated driving.

High-definition digital maps are a key requirement for automated driving.

Bosch is acquiring five percent of HERE Technologies, a global provider of digital mapping and location services. This acquisition gives a boost to Bosch’s services business. It also helps HERE take a further step toward its goal of becoming a global provider of data-based real-time location services to customers both inside and outside the automotive industry. Open platforms for all customers will be the focal point of collaboration between Bosch and HERE, both in non-automotive as well as automotive domains, and particularly where increasingly connected and automated mobility is concerned. High-definition maps are a requirement for self-driving cars.

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Bosch works with partner on new camera technology for automated cars

Bosch and Sony collaborate to develop innovative camera sensors.

Bosch and Sony collaborate to develop innovative camera sensors.

Suddenly dazzled, vision restricted: This is something drivers experience regularly when driving on a sunny day when the sun is low in the sky. Briefly driving blind is often also required due to the glare when driving out of a tunnel on a bright day. Changing or poor lighting conditions provide a challenge not only for the human eye, but also for video sensors such as those required for driver assistance systems and automated driving. To make these sensors better, Bosch and Sony Semiconductor Solutions have agreed a cooperation. Together, the two companies aim to develop a highly-innovative camera technology that will enable cars to reliably sense their surroundings even in difficult lighting conditions.

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Bosch launches its automated driving initiative in China

Bosch cooperates with Chinese companies to make automated driving possible in China.

Bosch cooperates with Chinese companies to make automated driving possible in China.

In order to get automated driving off the ground in China, a promising concept is still needed for how to generate high-precision, up-to-the-minute maps. Bosch wants to change this and has signed a collaboration agreement with the Chinese internet group Baidu and the map providers AutoNavi and NavInfo. Together, the four partners are working on a solution that will let them use information collected by Bosch’s radar and video sensors in vehicles to generate and update maps. Automated vehicles will use the data collected by Bosch sensors to determine their own location, which is essential for automated driving. This data will be compatible with the three partners’ map data.

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Bosch and Daimler are working together on a fully-automated, driverless system

Bosch and Daimler bundle their competences to introduce self-driving cars to cities within ten years.

Bosch and Daimler bundle their competences to introduce self-driving cars to cities within ten years.

Bosch and Daimler have agreed to set up a development alliance that aims to make a system for fully-automated and driverless vehicles a reality on city streets by the start of the next decade. The objective is the joint development of software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system. The project will take the comprehensive vehicle expertise of Daimler – the world’s leading premium-class automaker – and combine it with the systems and hardware expertise of Bosch, the world’s biggest automotive supplier. The synergies that arise as a result will be channeled into making this technology ready for production as early as possible.

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Which automated driving type are you?

Automated driving is on everyone’s lips. But what does it mean? Automation can be distinguished into different levels, reaching from driver assistance systems to fully automated driving. On the latter level, the system is able to perform the complete driving task in every use case, meaning on all kind of roads and under all environmental conditions. The driver becomes a passenger who can lean back and do other tasks while the system is driving.

The following survey helps you test your personal attitude towards automated driving. All questions, even those related to your personal environment, will help to evaluate your attitude. Please select those answer options that fit your attitude best. The survey will only take a few minutes. Following the survey, you will get to know which automated driving type you are. According to your type, you will get interesting information about driver assistance systems and automated driving functions that are already available on the market.

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You think automated driving sounds interesting

If you own a car, you love it. Moreover, you probably love to go on short weekend or holiday trips with it. You enjoy driving and prefer to drive yourself rather than having an automated car driving for you. As a real family person, you like to spend time with your beloved ones. You are open to new car technologies, but when it comes to spending money on state-of-the-art features, you probably prefer to wait until it becomes standard in the market.

“Well, let´s see what will happen.” is your relaxed motto. Addressing your interest in technology, we would like to show you some automated functions that are already in the market and support you in everyday traffic.

You think automated driving might be helpful

You are probably a practical-minded car buyer who appreciates functionality. You use the vehicle for shopping and going errands. Are you into cultural events? Reading? You seem to be a family-person who likes to spend time with his or her dears and friends.You are probably not too interested in the details of the technology that is in your car.

However, you are more into other things. Do you like visiting cultural events? Do you like reading? As your independence is quite important to you, some supporting functions for city driving could be helpful in everyday life. Perhaps you are interested in automated emergency braking systems or parking functions.

Automated driving sounds like really cool stuff to you

Your car is a like a good friend and everyday companion to you who probably gets tuned and redesigned every now and then. Change in life is totally fine for you and you have high interest in new technology, but it needs to be affordable.

You might say “Automated Driving? Could be fun!” As it seems that you have a high technical affinity, what do you think about the following systems?

You are probably one of the first to buy an automated car

You are enthusiastic about new technologies, feel well informed and like to share your knowledge with others. New ideas and ways of doing things are exciting for you. You would probably be one of the first to buy a highly or fully automated car.

Spending a little extra money is worth the experience of trying out new things first as you are not afraid of changes – you see them as chances. You probably know our driver assistance systems that are already on the market. So, take the opportunity to learn more about the mobility of the future.

Embracing safety for automated driving is most important to you

You love what you have achieved in life: your independence, your family and your job. Technology per se is not your first concern, but you carefully choose your safety related features when buying a car.

Your first impression could be “Automated Driving might be too unsafe.” We would like to recommend some helpful assistance features to you that can support you in your everyday life.

„Automated… what?“

You are probably a rare car user or do not even own a car. You enjoy life as it is and might not see the immediate necessity for technological advancements.

Nevertheless, we are happy you joined our survey and would like to invite you to our special website on automated driving.

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Driver drowsiness detection
 

Can detect the onset of drowsiness

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Road sign assist
 

Identifies relevant road signs and shows them using icons in the dashboard display

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Adaptive cruise control
 

Adapts the speed in line with the flow of traffic

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Predictive emergency braking systems

Assists in avoiding rear-end collisions and mitigating the consequences

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Lane keeping support
 

Actively assists the driver to remain in the marked lane

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Predictive pedestrian protection

Helps to prevent collisions and to minimize accident severity

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Park assist
 

Guides the vehicle into a suitable space

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Left turn assist
 

Helps to prevent collisions with an oncoming vehicle when turning

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Multi-camera system
 

For a better perspective when parking and maneuvering in challenging situations

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Remote park assist
 

Can move the vehicle into and out of parking spaces

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Traffic jam assist
 

Can automatically guide the vehicle in traffic jams

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Highway assist
 

Partially automated driving on the highway

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Home zone parking functions

The home zone park assist and the home zone park pilot simplify repetitive driving maneuvers into your own parking space through automation.

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Side view assist
 

Keeping an eye on the blind spot

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Lane change assist
 

Based on sensor data the system warns acoustically and / or haptically of imminent collisions when changing lanes.

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Rear cross traffic alert
 

Warning of crossing vehicles when backing out of a parking space

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Automated driving - From assistance systems to automated cars

Bosch paves the way for automated driving with key technologies for sensors, software, artificial intelligence, powertrain, steering, and braking.

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Driver assistance systems for cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers

Bosch improves traffic safety and comfort with effective assistants for all vehicle classes.

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Driver assistance systems for passenger cars
 

Car safety systems from Bosch, such as the predictive pedestrian protection, improve safety for all road users.

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Sense, localize, monitor: Sensor systems for autonomous driving

Vehicle sensors from Bosch supply the data required for perception of the surroundings, vehicle localization and driver monitoring in automated cars.

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Processing data, learning, planning: the vehicle computer becomes smart

Bosch equips vehicle computers and control units with artificial intelligence to learn, make predictions and calculate driving strategies.

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Implementing the driving strategy: automated cars in action

Bosch enables the reliable implementation of driving maneuvers using smart vehicles with failsafe systems.

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Find out more about the mobility of the future

Driver assistance systems for cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers

Bosch improves traffic safety and comfort with effective assistants for all vehicle classes.

Read more

Driver assistance systems for passenger cars

Car safety systems from Bosch, such as the predictive pedestrian protection, improve safety for all road users.

Read more

Sense, localize, monitor: Sensor systems for autonomous driving

Vehicle sensors from Bosch supply the data required for perception of the surroundings, vehicle localization and driver monitoring in automated cars.

Read more

Processing data, learning, planning: the vehicle computer becomes smart

Bosch equips vehicle computers and control units with artificial intelligence to learn, make predictions and calculate driving strategies.

Read more

Implementing the driving strategy: automated cars in action

Bosch enables the reliable implementation of driving maneuvers using smart vehicles with failsafe systems.

Read more
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