Bosch has debuted a new driver assist system with cyclist detection for emergency braking that can automatically bring a vehicle to a full stop from 40 kph. Called the Bosch iBooster, the system initiates full braking in just 190 milliseconds when the emergency braking system’s radar or video sensor detects an imminent collision. This is less than the time that it would take a human being to blink twice.
Commenting on the system, Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, Bosch board of management member said that driver assistance systems are a major advance in the path to accident-free driving as in the case of emergencies, they can respond faster than people can and are highly helpful just when drivers need help – in busy urban traffic. According to Bosch, emergency braking systems are particularly useful when detecting imminent collisions with pedestrians and cyclists.
“Driver assistance systems are always vigilant and, in emergencies, they respond more quickly than people can,” said Hoheisel.
With traffic on the roads increasing, driver assistance systems can go a long way towards making the busy roads safer. They warn motorists of objects that are in their blind spots, help to keep cars in their lanes, assist with parking and help to maintain a safe distance.
Bosch is continually working on refining the technology that underpins these driver assistance systems including sensors that transmit detailed images of the car’s surroundings and their interaction with other components like the steering, brake and actuators.
A recent survey by Bosch fund that half of all new cars (52 percent) in Germany have at least one driver assistance system on board. The current trend is to consolidate multiple assistance functions on one sensor, like a new function that Bosch has developed – the car exit warning.
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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