Bosch Takes Hollywood Fiction And Makes It Reality
|   Thursday, January 15, 2015
In the 80s, Hollywood created an action series "Knight Rider"", which presented a talking Pontiac Firebird Trans Am called KITT, which even drove itself. Nearly 30 years later, cars driving themselves are no longer a fantasy.

"Bosch is making science fiction reality, one step at a time," says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of Bosch board. Vehicles equipped with Bosch technology can drive themselves in certain situations, for example in traffic jams or when parking.
Bosch presented its solutions at the Vehicle Marketplace Intelligence at the fair CES in Las Vegas, which ran from 6 to 9 January 2015.

Those at Bosch are one of the largest providers of mobility solutions in the world. It is working on the concept of automatic control since 2011 at two centers - in Palo Alto, California and in Abstatt, Germany. The teams from the two cities can rely on a global network of over 5,000 Bosch engineers in the field of driver support systems. The motivation behind the development work at Bosch is safety. Worldwide, there are approximately 1.3 million annual traffic accidents resulting in deaths and the numbers are growing. In 90 percent of cases, the cause is human error.

"With driver assistance systems, Bosch expects to generate sales of one billion euros in 2016. With Bosch highway pilots, cars will be driving automatically on freeways by 2020, from entrance ramp to exit ramp," Hoheisel predicts. In the coming decade, cars driving in fully automated mode will be available, and will be capable of handling any situations they may encounter. 


As vehicles gradually take over more and more management tasks, critical safety systems, such as braking and steering, the system must meet special requirements. If one of these components fails, the backup system is required to ensure maximum availability.

Bosch already has such a backup system for brakes: iBooster electro-mechanical brake force amplification. Both iBooster and ESP brake control system are designed to brake the vehicle - independently - without the driver having to intervene.

The Bosch iBooster meets a key requirement regarding automatic control. The braking force amplifier can independently increase the pressure in the brake system, three times faster than an ESP. If the predictive system detects a dangerous braking, the vehicle stops faster. At the same time, iBooster can provide the necessary light braking for ACC adaptive cruise control, up to a complete stop. In addition, it is silent.

Thanks to iBooster, almost all typical traffic delays can be used to recover the maximum braking power to the electric motor for a hybrid or electric vehicle. If the vehicle has to brake suddenly or if the generator cannot provide the required braking torque, the braking force amplifier generates any necessary additional pressure typically using the brake master cylinder.

Car manufacturers worldwide appreciate the technology and expertise Bosch recently demonstrated when electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla gave Bosch the Excellent Development Partner Award. At the CES fair in Las Vegas Bosch presented its comprehensive product portfolio for driver assistance functions and braking systems. And the company exhibited a true Hollywood legend: the KITT car from the action series "Knight Rider".
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