Automated mobility

Automated mobility

Bosch is teaching the vehicle how to drive

Safe and on the street

From climate change and greater road safety to the lack of time and space, the challenges of mobility will not solve themselves. However, self-driving vehicles can be an important part of the solution. Automation is one of the main drivers of a new, safe era of mobility. With its innovative driver assistance systems, Bosch is therefore gradually paving the way to automated driving and parking. Many of the technologies that will shape the automated driving of the future are ready for you to experience today. They have been tested and are ready for series production.

Future-ready and volume-produced

In addition to the technical requirements, the development and acceptance of automated mobility depend above all on one thing: your trust. Bosch is working hard on both factors. That is because in order for autonomous driving to work, your vehicle needs to not just match your own abilities, but far exceed them. We categorize these areas of ability using the terms Sense, Think, and Act, which are similar to a human being.
Bosch is driving automated mobility in all disciplines, for nearly all vehicle

segments, and in almost all fields of technology, with a high degree of responsibility and many years of experience. As a result, many technologies are ready for highly automated driving today. And that is not just in theory: they have been developed and tested under real conditions and are now ready for series production. This gives users reliability in terms of the driving itself, new Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) regulations, or availability and planning.

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Milestones

on the road to automated mobility

It has been over 30 years since Bosch laid the foundation for safe automated driving. Between 1987 and 1995, the European research project PROMETHEUS (Programme for European Traffic with Highest Efficiency and Unprecedented Safety) investigated automated mobility as a solution for global transport safety. This was followed by countless innovations in driver assistance systems that made driving safer and more relaxed.

1978

Bosch launches the world’s first antilock braking system (ABS) ready for series production, revolutionizing transport safety. It marks the starting point for the development of new vehicle safety systems that are relevant for automated mobility.

1989

Bosch launches the TravelPilot: Europe’s first volume-produced navigation system. Without support for GPS, the system relied on a digitally stored map.

1995

Bosch is the first company in the world to begin series production of the electronic stability program (ESP®) . The electronic anti-skid system is the most important safety feature in the car after the seatbelt. Today, the ESP® is essential for performing many automated driving maneuvers.

2000

Bosch takes a big step toward automated driving with the presentation of the radar-based adaptive cruise control . The system is capable of automatically adjusting speed and preventing rear-impact collisions, while ensuring greater comfort in stop-and-go traffic. In the following years Bosch developed multiple driver assistance functions, for instance the ultrasonic-based side view assist, the automatic emergency braking, as well as automated parking functions.

Since 2001

The first Bosch project team begins working intensively on automated driving. Bosch is the first automotive supplier in the world to test automated driving on public roads. Bosch developers have been driving test vehicles on highways in Germany and America since the start of 2011.

2017

Bosch begins collaboration with Daimler to develop driverless and fully automated driving in urban environments. The aim is to develop a series-ready driving system for autonomous urban transport.

2018

Bosch takes another step toward automated mobility in series production with the highway assist . The technology enables safe partially automated driving, both on straight road sections and in corners.

2019

Bosch’s automated valet parking , a fully autonomous parking garage infrastructure, is the world’s first driverless function to obtain approval from German authorities.

Today, over 2,800 developers are currently working on automated driving and parking. Their vision: accident-free mobility.

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SAE-L 1: Driver assistance systems

A driver assistance system performs either sustained longitudinal or lateral vehicle motion control in defined use cases to support the driver. The driver has to permanently monitor the system and be capable of taking corrective action immediately and at any time, if a system failure occurs.

SAE-L 2: Partially automated driving

The system performs both sustained longitudinal and lateral vehicle motion control in defined use cases in order to support the driver. The driver has to permanently monitor the system and be capable of taking corrective action immediately and at any time, if a system failure occurs.

SAE-L 3: Conditionally automated driving

The system performs the complete driving task in defined use cases. When the system requests the driver to intervene, the driver must be capable of taking over control of the vehicle again at any time. This can occur either in the event of a system failure or when the system reaches its limits.

SAE-L 4: Highly automated driving

The system performs the complete driving task in defined use cases. Even in the event of a system failure or when the system reaches its limits, the responsibility of the complete driving task remains with the system, which brings the vehicle to a safe condition.

SAE-L 5: Fully automated driving

The system performs the complete driving task in every use case, so it is able to drive in urban areas, on main roads and on highways under all environmental conditions. If a system failure occurs, the system remains responsible of the driving task and brings the vehicle to a safe condition.

SAE-L 1: Driver assistance systems
SAE-L 2: Partially automated driving
SAE-L 3: Conditionally automated driving
SAE-L 4: Highly automated driving
SAE-L 5: Fully automated driving
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SAE-L 1: Driver assistance systems

A driver assistance system performs either sustained longitudinal or lateral vehicle motion control in defined use cases to support the driver. The driver has to permanently monitor the system and be capable of taking corrective action immediately and at any time, if a system failure occurs.

SAE-L 2: Partially automated driving

The system performs both sustained longitudinal and lateral vehicle motion control in defined use cases in order to support the driver. The driver has to permanently monitor the system and be capable of taking corrective action immediately and at any time, if a system failure occurs.

SAE-L 3: Conditionally automated driving

The system performs the complete driving task in defined use cases. When the system requests the driver to intervene, the driver must be capable of taking over control of the vehicle again at any time. This can occur either in the event of a system failure or when the system reaches its limits.

SAE-L 4: Highly automated driving

The system performs the complete driving task in defined use cases. Even in the event of a system failure or when the system reaches its limits, the responsibility of the complete driving task remains with the system, which brings the vehicle to a safe condition.

SAE-L 5: Fully automated driving

The system performs the complete driving task in every use case, so it is able to drive in urban areas, on main roads and on highways under all environmental conditions. If a system failure occurs, the system remains responsible of the driving task and brings the vehicle to a safe condition.

Research projects

PEGASUS - The project for the establishment of generally accepted quality criteria, tools and methods as well as scenarios and situations

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.

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CONCORDA Project (Connected Corridor for Driving Automation)

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.

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MEC-View – Mobile Edge Computing-based object detection for automated driving

Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the MEC-View project pursues the objective of automated driving in complex urban traffic scenarios, e.g. automatically entering a priority road. MEC-View strives for safer and more efficient automated driving in urban traffic.

Automated vehicles are equipped with a variety of sensor systems such as cameras and radar sensors providing a full 360-degree surround view. However, the vehicle is unable to detect a cyclist behind a truck at a crossing or a pedestrian coming around a corner.

In the future, local councils will install video cameras or other sensors at street lights and sites which are of importance for local traffic situations. The MEC-View project uses their data to make automated driving accessible in urban environments.

Partners of the joint research project coordinated by Bosch include the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Ulm, Daimler, Nokia, Osram, TomTom and IT-Designers. The City of Ulm acts as an associated partner.

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Ko-HAF research initiative

Bosch has joined forces with a number of other suppliers, automakers, and public-sector partners to launch the “cooperative highly automated driving” (Ko-HAF) research initiative, which aims to push forward the development of automated driving. The publicly funded project will tackle the challenges of highly automated driving, in which drivers no longer need to be constantly vigilant. But for this to happen, technical precautions are necessary. Within the framework of the Ko-HAF project, Bosch has assumed primary responsibility for developing a backend solution for collecting and making available such information about a vehicle’s current surroundings, including the traffic infrastructure.

Industrial, administrative, and research partners

The consortium behind the Ko-HAF research initiative is made up of automakers, automotive suppliers, and highway administration and research partners. With total funding of 36.3 million euros, Ko-HAF is a large and strategically important project designed to drive forward progress on one of the biggest trends in the automotive industry. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is supporting the project with 16.9 million euros in funding as part of its “New vehicle and systems technology” program. The Ko-HAF project is scheduled to run until November 2018.

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For the mobility of the future, you need a partner that you can rely on

Already today, Bosch offers technologies covering all levels of automation and for automated parking, many of which are already being deployed in volume production. In addition to outstanding technologies, customers also benefit from Bosch’s special strengths and competencies, like its global presence and local testing of automation technologies. These competencies make Bosch the preferred partner for automated mobility.

A competent development partner and long-term systems supplier

Reliable partnership  The comprehensive Bosch portfolio and the company’s commitment throughout the product life cycle make Bosch a strong partner for automated mobility. Bosch has not only established itself as a development partner and systems supplier for automotive manufacturers, but also as a partner in the scientific community, government, and in other business sectors. Global logistics and mass production ensure fast delivery. This is in addition to global services and a supply of replacement parts around the world.

Tried and tested technologies for innovative concepts

Quality and reliability  Bosch technology has been tried and tested millions of times and plays a major role in bringing high-quality vehicles to the market, as exemplified by the Bosch driver assistance systems in use around the world. Their quality and reliability have contributed to their being made mandatory in some countries. Bosch draws on its decades of experience in development and manufacturing to come up with new solutions, and this has led to the high standard of innovative developments the company achieves.

Technology leadership and consistent further development

Innovative strength and speed   Bosch is driving all levels of automated mobility forward and has already developed all of the technologies required for highly and fully automated driving. At Bosch, innovative strength is illustrated, for instance, in the company’s technology leadership regarding vehicle sensors and onboard computers. As a result of its innovative strength, Bosch can quickly make new solutions ready for high-volume markets. High volumes make low prices possible.

Expertise for optimal system utilization with automation

Systems and connectivity expertise  Bosch combines hardware and software to create complete system solutions for automated mobility. The higher the level of automation, the more important integrating individual technologies becomes. Bosch knows the exact technical requirements of components and can thus combine them in the best possible manner to create a complete system. To this end, Bosch combines specialist knowledge from the realms of mechanical engineering, electronics, software development, and telematics.

Key technologies for automated driving from a single source

Comprehensive portfolio and extensive expertise for vehicles, infrastucture, and services  Bosch combines hardware and software with connectivity and services to create complete solutions for automated mobility. In addition, Bosch is active in a broad range of sectors and offers all key technologies. This comprehensive approach, the combination of different technologies, and optimal system integration enable the best possible system utilization.

Short distances and market-specific solutions

Global presence  Bosch is close to its customers around the world, with activities in some 150 countries. This means that distances are short and the company can cooperate closely and flexibly with its customers. Bosch also has an international setup when it comes to automated mobility. The company is currently testing automated driving technologies in Germany, the United States, Japan, and China. Thanks to its decades of local experience, Bosch knows the specific requirements and trends in individual markets and can respond accordingly to specific requirements such as legislative frameworks.

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