Just recently, Bosch has celebrated the 40th anniversary of its invention of the automotive oxygen sensor and is marking the successful production of its one billionth oxygen sensor.
These sensors, which are jointly engineered and manufactured in the US and Germany, are an important part of today’s high-end vehicles, making them a standard feature on all gasoline and most diesel engines around the world. The German automotive part supplier claims that no other vehicle component stands for “clean driving” as much as the automotive oxygen sensor does, particularly in keeping the fuel system running efficiently to safeguard the environment from harmful emission while helping to save fuel costs.
According to Eric Yagley, senior product manager oxygen sensors for Robert Bosch LLC, Automotive Aftermarket North America, since pioneering the technology 40 years ago, the company has continued to lead the way in automotive oxygen sensor design and innovation. He said that today’s Bosch Wideband oxygen sensor has a more high-end sensing element that offers a signal to the vehicle’s ECU that is proportional to the amount of oxygen in the exhaust.
Bosch developed the automotive oxygen sensor as emissions systems were starting to be established in the 1970s. At that time, a growing need to meet new strict emissions standards led to a series of testing and development, and eventually the first-ever automotive oxygen sensor, the Bosch Lambda Sensor, was developed.
Volvo was an early adopter of the technology and hence was the first manufacturer to equip is vehicles with automotive oxygen sensors, beginning with the 1976 Volvo Lambda Sonde. Since then, automotive oxygen sensors have become an important part of the modern emissions system which tracks and regulates the combustion process, with a number of applications using several oxygen sensors in the vehicle exhaust system.
Volvo notes that one of the best proofs to the quality of Bosch oxygen sensors came in 2012. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series switched from carbureted to fuel-injected engines, and Bosch became the official oxygen sensor of NASCAR. This year, the German company extended its collaboration with NASCAR to include fuel injectors and pumps as well.
Bosch provides a full coverage program of aftermarket automotive oxygen sensors, produced on the same production lines as Bosch OE sensors. These sensors boast OE form, fit and function to meet or surpass manufacturer specifications.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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