Cyclists are usually moving at a fairly brisk pace. Their behavior is often unpredictable, and their thin silhouettes can be difficult to make out through the dense urban traffic. Surround sensors ease this situation by detecting cyclists alongside and ahead of the vehicle, monitoring speed, distance, and direction of travel to calculate the risk of an accident. In the case of an imminent collision, the system automatically brings the vehicle to a stop in order to avoid or at least reduce the severity of the accident. Estimations indicate that this could eliminate (or at least reduce the severity) of almost half of road accidents involving cyclists and cars.
When exiting a street-parked car, unseen cyclists pose a daily risk for city drivers and their passengers; all you need is a cyclist coming up quickly as you open the door. Bosch’s car exit warning mitigates this risk.
By means of rear mid-range radar sensors, the system can monitor hazards such as cars, cyclists, scooters, and motorcylists within a 20-meter (~65-foot) radius, pinpointing them in real time. Optical and acoustic signals provide a warning that prevents drivers and their passengers from opening the door. This technology aims to eliminate the risk of an accident, reduce injuries to cyclists, and minimize damage to vehicles.
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users, often overlooked and therefore particularly at risk. Using video and radar sensors, the predictive pedestrian protection system detects pedestrians that suddenly step out in front of vehicles and are in danger of being hit. If the driver does not react to the warning, the system can initiate an automatic emergency stop at speeds of up to 60 kph (~37 mph). Depending on the configuration, this emergency stop can be activated without warning the driver beforehand. As a result, the predictive pedestrian protection system helps protect vulnerable road users and helps drivers avoid or at least mitigate the severity of road accidents.