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U.S. traffic safety administration takes the initiative Bosch reversing camera helps prevent accidents while maneuvering Production application from 2013

  • Video technology improves all-round vision
  • Video cameras form the basis for comfort and safety functions
  • Image analysis with smart cameras
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  • September 13, 2011
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Efforts to promote the use of video technology to improve automotive safety have been given a boost. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed that passenger cars be fitted with reversing cameras as standard. The proposal is for new vehicles to be fitted with reversing cameras from 2013 onward. This proposal aims to help prevent accidents involving pedestrians – in particular children – from arising during reversing maneuvers.

Bosch already produces the necessary automotive video technology, and from 2012 will serve the growing demand from automakers in the U.S. market.

The product range starts with video cameras for simple image reproduction on a video display in the driver's field of vision. These analog color cameras have a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and lenses that cover an angle of view of either 130 or 180 degrees.

Increasingly, Bosch engineers are combining video technology with ultrasound systems for parking aids and parking assistance systems. This brings together the advantages of both technologies: ultrasound sensor-based distance measurement that is accurate to the nearest centimeter and video technology-based visualization of the vehicle’s surroundings.

They are also working on multi-camera systems that are capable of giving the driver an undistorted, high-quality bird’s-eye view of the car and its immediate environment. This helps the driver to maneuver the vehicle and provides additional safety. The next stage is for the video systems not just to display images they have filmed but also to interpret them. Smart camera systems analyze video footage in order to detect obstacles and moving objects in the vehicle’s vicinity and to provide warnings to the driver. This is in line with the Bosch Night Vision Plus system, which has been in series production since 2009. Not only does this system enhance drivers' night vision, it also detects pedestrians automatically and marks them in the display as a warning.

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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.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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