CARS TAUGHT TO PREDICT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WILL PREVENT COLLISIONS WITH PEDESTRIANS ON UAE ROADS
• Bosch researchers fine-tuning autonomous driving technology to cut accidents on busy streets by 58%
Dubai, UAE: Cars taught to predict what happens next when driven through busy streets will take road safety to a new level for the next generation of UAE motorists and pedestrians.
Bosch researchers are fine-tuning newly developed technology to dramatically enhance the effectiveness of the automated driver assistance systems currently in use, and studies show 58% of accidents can be avoided.
In cities like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, traffic is often congested and unpredictable. Cars share the streets with bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, and buses, and it is not unusual for pedestrians to step out into the street without warning.
“The prospect of vehicles negotiating these hazards completely autonomously is almost unimaginable, but autonomous driving is coming to our cities in the Gulf region,” said Andreas Bodemer, Vice President of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Middle East and Africa.
“A team of Bosch researchers in Germany have developed an assistance system that intervenes to prevent a collision with a pedestrian. It teaches cars to predict what is going to happen next, and helps drivers take evasive action whenever there is a threat of a collision.
“If braking alone is not enough to prevent a collision when a pedestrian suddenly walks out in front of a car, as soon as the driver starts using the steering wheel to take evasive action, the system kicks in to support the steering maneuver
“According to our studies, provided the driver reacts at least half a second before a potential collision, the assistance system can help avoid it in 58 percent of cases.“
The next step is to use technoclogy to keep drivers‘ eyes on the road. Explained Bodemer: “Critical situations arise when drivers are distracted and not looking at the road. Bosch’s solution to this is called driver observation.
“By monitoring drivers’ line of sight, tiny cameras in the vehicle’s interior can tell whether their eyes are on the road. This makes it possible to warn them in good time before the traffic situation becomes risky. We believe it helps to place indicators in the instrument clusters or an LED display on the dashboard directly in the driver’s field of vision.“
Bosch has successfully been driving a number of automated test vehicles in normal traffic on Germany freeways since the beginning of 2013.
From 2020 it is expected that vehicles featuring this Bosch technology will be capable of highly automated freeway driving without the need for constant driver supervision.
Bosch driver assistance systems, including lane assistants which warn drivers not to stray, are already in use on the roads of the UAE where Bosch operates a nation-wide network of workshops dedicated to delivering quality service and genuine spare parts.
The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 16,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 450,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,000 franchises.