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Basis for additional safety and assistance functions Bosch starts series production of new ESP® plus

  • New ESP® plus forms the basis of comprehensive safety and assistance functions
  • Medium version of Generation 9
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  • May 23, 2012
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Bosch is currently rolling out series production of its new ESP® plus. With this version of Generation 9, many safety and assistance functions in addition to the anti-skid system can be integrated into the car. The high control precision of ESP® plus enables OEMs to integrate features such as adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function. In launching this version, Bosch is supporting the increasing spread of these assistance functions in compact and middle class vehicles.

Modular design makes it possible to offer customized solutions
With Generation 9's new brake control system, Bosch has made scalability a top priority. Thanks to the modular design of hardware and software, different variants of the system can be easily installed. This enables OEMs to select the system that best fits with the functions they want a vehicle to feature.

The basic version of Generation 9 already offers full protection against skidding. Moreover, sensors to measure yaw rate and lateral acceleration can be integrated into the electronics of the control unit. With an even more precise control of the return pump, extra-tight pressure control valves, and two additional pressure sensors, the new Bosch ESP® plus can precisely regulate brake pressure even when the brakes are applied very lightly. This is particularly important for comfort functions such as adaptive cruise control (ACC). The ESP® premium completes the Generation 9 portfolio, enabling even the most advanced comfort functions. This version of the system has a return pump with six pistons which generate pressure especially quickly and constantly. They do this with very little noise and virtually without vibration.

A relaxed ride, even in traffic jams
With their first series-produced version of the new ESP®, the automaker and Bosch have developed a high-performance adaptive cruise control system that includes a stop-and-go function. In addition to ESP® plus, this vehicle also features the Bosch LRR3 radar sensor. The stop-and-go function brakes automatically in stop-and-go traffic until the car stops. If the car only stops for a short moment, it starts off again automatically. If the car is stopped for a longer time, the driver needs only to step lightly on the gas pedal to reactivate the function.

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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