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Partially automated driving

Bosch Automated Mobility Academy | Course 2

With Partially Automated Driving, the driver supervises while the car takes over driving in certain situations.

In this course, we'll build on the car's driver assistance skills and teach it to take control of the vehicle in certain situations under the driver's supervision.

Once the car has mastered partially automated driving, it will be able to (under the driver's supervision):

  • Take over driving control in traffic jams and regular highway situations
  • Fully manage several parking maneuvers on its own

Upon successful completion of this course, the vehicle will be able to make life for the driver even easier and safer. Partially automated functions help relieve the stress of traffic jams, parking in tight spaces and handling challenging driving situations such as in construction zones. This is a significant step in automated driving that increases driver confidence in the car's automated capabilities.

Lesson 2.1

Allow the driver to take a load off

Expand on what the vehicle learned in driver assistance and show how the car can actually take over in certain situations with the driver's supervision.

At this stage, the car is now capable of taking on more driving responsibility but is not able to take action without driver confirmation (with the exception of alerts and basic emergency interventions indicated in Course 1 ). Essentially, the vehicle needs to get the driver's permission before taking over control.

Lesson 2.2

Ease the commute

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Partial automation for highway driving eases the commute by enabling the car to take on certain stressful and/or monotonous driving tasks.

The highway assist function supports the driver on highways and well-developed state and federal roads by taking over the vehicle's longitudinal and lateral guidance. This means that this partially automated function automatically brakes and accelerates and actively steers when driving and changing lanes at speeds up to 80 mph. This feature enhances driving comfort and the driver's sense of safety.


Explore some of the features of highway assist...

360° radar-video sensor

The function includes a 360° radar-video sensor data fusion, enabling the entire vehicle surroundings to be monitored. The cross-sensor fusion compensates the weakness of one sensor with the strengths of the other sensor. For example, while camera-based lane departure systems fail in the absence of lane markings, the highway assist can still estimate the path of the lane in this case. To accomplish this, the vehicles preceding and following the vehicle are detected by the radar, and their trajectories are used to estimate the path along the driving lane.

Automated lane changes

This function executes automated lane changes at the driver's command. When the driver operates the turn signal on multi-lane roads, the vehicle automatically moves to the next adjacent lane.

Longitudinal and lateral guidance

The function provides an integrated approach to the vehicle's longitudinal and lateral guidance over the full speed range. This means that the partial functions traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping support and automated lane change are all implemented in one holistic concept, including HMI. Combined longitudinal and lateral guidance shows its strengths particularly for automated lane changing and enables convenient vehicle guidance.

Application 2.2

You're there, now what?

Getting from Point A to Point B is one thing, but once you're there, parking can pose a new set of challenges.

Home zone park assist

The home zone park assist function enables drivers to have their vehicle park and exit parking spaces themselves, automatically. This partially automated driving function (lateral and longitudinal control to the final target position) is particularly well suited to regularly repeated, complex routes such as in (private) garages or carports where the user has an assigned parking space. This includes driving into/driving away from the assigned parking space. In each case both driving into and driving away from the parking space is supported. The driver always remains responsible for the car during the process. The driver must always monitor the surroundings and must intervene if necessary (such as for moving objects).

Remote park assist

With the remote park assist, vehicles park themselves as if by magic. All drivers need to do is press and hold a button on their ignition key or smartphone. This tells the vehicle to automatically maneuver itself into the parking space it has previously detected and measured using ultrasonic sensors. However, drivers retain responsibility for the parking maneuver. As soon as they release the button on their ignition key or smartphone, the assist system immediately stops parking.

Congratulations, you're through Course 2!