Mobility Solutions

Second-generation parking assistant Bay parking also possible with Bosch technology Making drivers’ lives easier

  • Production application of second generation planned from late 2012
  • Assistant memorizes obstacles
  • Long-term objective: fully automatic parking
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  • September 13, 2011
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Parking, and the maneuvering that goes with it, is still a risky undertaking. Using accident data from the AZT, a German accident research institute, Bosch accident researchers conclude that roughly half of all German traffic accidents involving damage to property are a result of shunts during parking. And the fact that modern cars are becoming increasingly streamlined does not help matters, since this also restricts drivers' field of vision. This is where ultrasound systems such as the Park Pilot or parking assistance systems can help Bosch is a leading supplier in the field.

The second-generation parking assistant – smarter, safer, faster, and with new functions
Bosch is now presenting the second generation of its parking assistant. On the one hand, it offers a number of improvements to the already familiar parallel parking function. It now steers semi-automatically into parking spaces that now only have to be 80 centimeters longer than the vehicle itself – the assistant steers while the driver observes the traffic, accelerates, brakes, and shifts gear.

The new system electronics now also helps the driver when driving out of a parking space. The pull-out control steers the car backward and forward in the parking space until it can drive off safely in one maneuver. While the assistant is maneuvering the car into an ideal position, the driver observes the traffic, and accelerates and brakes as directed by the system.

The bay parking assistant is another new function. This can steer the vehicle into spaces at a 90-degree angle to the road. When driving past a parking bay, ultrasound sensors integrated into the side of the vehicle scan the environs, and the electronic control unit detects a suitable space. The electronics then computes the most favorable steering maneuvers, and guides the vehicle along this path into the parking bay. The driver controls the parking maneuver by accelerating, braking, and shifting gear.

The side distance warning function helps to avoid costly damage to bodywork, for example in underground park garages. The electronics uses the parking assistant’s lateral ultrasound sensors to detect railings, pillars, walls, or bollards as the car drives past them. It memorizes the position of these obstacles. At the same time, the system observes the further route taken by the car. If the computed route makes it likely that the car will collide with an obstacle that was previously registered, the system will warn the driver. It will do so even if the obstacle is out of the ultrasound sensor's range.The second generation of the Bosch parking assistant will likely first be installed in production vehicles in late 2012.

The next stage: automatic parking
Bosch engineers have plenty more ideas for making the parking assistants of the future even safer, more comfortable, and smarter. They are working on fully automatic parking, where the driver will focus solely on monitoring what is going on. The electronics will take care of steering, accelerating, braking, and shifting gear. Moreover, these systems will also be able to master parking in oblique bays. And looking even further ahead, engineers believe the day will come when the driver gets out, presses a button, and the assistant autonomously and fully automatically parks the car, how ever narrow the space may be.

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Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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