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Bosch proposes pedestrian protection technology for automated driving systems

Mon 2 Nov 2015

German electronics supplier Bosch is planning to start developing a road safety system, which will help drivers to make appropriate actions to avoid collisions with pedestrians.

The project, which is expected to commence in 2018, will be based at the company’s new facility in Renningen, Germany. The engineering firm claims that the new system will help drivers ‘brake and take evasive action if there is the threat of a car-pedestrian collision.’

According to a press statement, the system will only apply itself to a dangerous situation should the driver’s reaction fall short. It added that further to braking, the prevention system will also aid the driver’s steering in order to effectively avoid the pedestrian.

bosch-pedestrian-avoidance-graph.jpg“Provided the driver reacts at least half a second before a potential collision, the assistance system can help avoid it in 60 percent of cases,” explained project manager Dr. Lutz Bürkle.

The protection system uses pre-existing automotive technologies, including a stereo camera which is fixed high on the vehicle’s windshield to map a 3D visual of the oncoming road. A computer also mounted in the vehicle allows an on-board analysis of the image and can detect if a pedestrian collision is likely. In the event of a potential incident, the technology is able to plot the safest route around the pedestrian, while also considering their next moves.

The pedestrian avoidance technology will be integrated into the company’s future automated driving systems. In five years’ time, Bosch expects its highway pilot scheme to enable ‘highly-automated’ driving without the need for constant driver supervision. It has explained that this technology will be based on a network of radar sensors, image processing and stereo cameras, to provide detailed readings of a vehicle’s surroundings.

The German automotive supplier has emphasised that its main aim in developing automated car technology is to increase road safety – a major issue in its home country, with 523 pedestrian road deaths in 2014 alone.

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