Mobility Solutions

For more safety, assistance, and comfort Bosch launches new ESP® for premium segment

  • High-performance return pump provides extremely dynamic pressure build-up and enhanced comfort
  • Excellent basis for future assistance systems
  • Further significant reduction in size and weight
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  • August 15, 2012
  • Mobility Solutions
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Bosch is adding an especially high-performance variant to its Generation 9 brake control systems. Summing up its advantages, Gerhard Steiger, the president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division, says: “The new ESP® 9 premium is the ideal basis for high-performance assistance and safety systems.” The core of this new version is an especially efficient return pump that can build up brake pressure very fast, and almost without any vibration.

While current brake control systems work with two pump elements, a total of six pistons are integrated into the ESP® 9 premium. They build up brake pressure especially fast, as well as very evenly, regardless of whether high or low brake pressure is required. On the one hand, this means that the brake control system can brake hard in an instant, and thus defuse critical situations. On the other hand, it can also provide the kind of gentle intervention needed for automatic dry braking or for an adaptive cruise control system with stop-and-go function. This pressure build-up is assisted by two additional pressure sensors integrated in the hydraulic modulator. Moreover, the smooth operation of the pump means that less vibration is transmitted to the bodywork, practically ruling out irksome noises and vibrations on the brake pedal.

Highest performance Generation 9 version
Bosch was the world’s first company to produce the electronic stability program, and since then has improved it continuously. When designing its new Generation 9 brake control systems, Bosch placed special importance on a high level of flexibility. This is why much of the hardware and software is modular in construction. While the ESP® 9 base provides full protection in critical situations, ESP® 9 plus already allows a number of common assistance functions to be executed, from hill hold control to adaptive cruise control (ACC) with a stop-and-go function. And with ESP® 9 premium, there is hardly any limit to the sophisticated driver assistance systems that can be offered. These include the lane keeping assistant, emergency braking assistant, and smart cruise control, as well as torque vectoring, a vehicle dynamics control function in which torque is distributed individually to each wheel. All these and many other functions can be configured as desired. How far do they support the driver? When do they intervene to correct a situation, and how far does this intervention go? Automakers can decide these questions for themselves, and in this way create the character they want for their brand or individual model.

Despite all these additional functions, ESP® 9 premium is smaller and 800 grams lighter than its predecessor. This supports automakers’ efforts to reduce the overall weight of new models. Service life has also been increased – for example, by using a modified return pump.

· Predictive Emergency Braking System - explanation how it works (youtube link)
· Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go function - explanation how it works (youtube link)

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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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