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Bosch introduces cyclist detection system in Driver Assistance

Bosch is a  familiar name  into automotive telematics on the strength of  its R&D in automotive technology. It is said that the German company forayed into auto motive sector with  building magnetos for some of the first vehicles ever manufactured. Today, Bosch offers an array of solutions/products for  the auto industry including automotive telematics solutions for driver assistance and autonomous driving.

The latest driver assist system with cyclist detection, iBooster is claimed to automatically stop a vehicle when  the emergency braking system’s radar or video sensor detects an imminent collision.  It can automatically bring a vehicle moving at 40 Kmph to a full stop  in just 190 milliseconds 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  Dr Dirk Hoheisel.  He maintains “Driver assistance systems are the next step along the path toward accident-free driving,”  “These electronic assistants respond more quickly than people can. They provide support just where drivers need it—in busy city traffic.”

Gerhard Steiger, president of Bosch’s Chassis Systems Control Division, agreed: “An emergency braking assistant may reduce braking distance by the few crucial centimeters that can mean the difference between life and death.”

Its rear-mounted mid-range radar sensors detect objects approaching within a 20-meter radius, helping drivers identify other vehicles or hidden cyclists or pedestrians when backing up, changing lanes, or parking parallel. It can also warn drivers and passengers to look when opening their doors so as not to clip a passing cyclist or car, a feature that continues to function even after the vehicle has been turned off.

Currently, only Swedish automaker Volvo offers a system that assists with braking when a cyclist or pedestrian is detected by sensors. But starting in 2018, cyclist detection with assisted braking will be included as part of the star rating program for the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP).

Bosch officials hope to have their system ready for this rating change. Although tests have as yet only been performed with Volkswagens, the iBooster system will be available in a variety of vehicle models in the future.

In India road accidents account a substantial loss of life specially in age group below 35. There is great utility for  ADAS systems with collision avoidance with pedestrians and cyclists features in automated emergency breaking systems in the vehicles on the road. Since, we can hardly expect our road behavior as a society to change for better at least not in near future, the regulatory mandate for introducing such technologies in vehicles, to prevent unnecessary loss of lives, is a need which we should  not ignore  for long.



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