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Bosch off-highway surround sensing system receives “Systems and Components Trophy – Engineers' Choice” award from the DLG

Award-winning surround sensing system makes work with agricultural machinery easier and safer

  • Surround sensing system designed specifically for agricultural applications ensures utmost flexibility during installation and in use
  • New to the market: 24 V ultrasonic sensor system for distance information and object localization
  • Surround sensing system with ultrasonic and radar sensors for near- and far-field monitoring can be supplemented with a 360° camera system
  • The off-highway surround sensing system from Bosch paves the way for further assistance functions
Cornelia Dürr

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Stuttgart – Bosch has been awarded the coveted “Systems & Components Trophy – Engineers' Choice” from the German Agricultural Society (DLG) for its new off-highway surround sensing concept. The modular surround sensing system from Bosch for agricultural technology is made up of specially adapted sensor systems, which can be combined in a flexible manner to suit individual requirements. "I am delighted that we were able to impress the specialist jury of development engineers from the field of agricultural technology with our innovative system. We have optimized the Bosch off-highway surround sensing system for off-highway applications. It ensures utmost flexibility during installation and in use while also making work with agricultural machinery significantly easier and safer," states Stefan Schenk, who is responsible for the Off-Road operating unit at Robert Bosch GmbH.

The award-winning off-highway surround sensing system from Bosch uses ultrasonic and radar sensors for object recognition, distance measurement, and collision avoidance. While the ultrasonic technology is optimized for the near-field range, radar systems are suitable both for near- and far-field monitoring. The surround sensing system can thus be used for collision warning and avoidance as well as for distance measuring purposes – e.g., in the case of sprayer booms or during grape harvests. In such applications, the surround sensing system ensures that an optimum distance is maintained between the harvester and the vines or that the driver is notified of obstacles in good time so that collisions can be avoided. Thanks to the high-precision object localization, the system not only warns the driver but also delivers the exact distance and position of other objects. This facilitates parallel operation of two machines, for example.

The multicamera system from Bosch represents the perfect supplement to the ultrasonic and radar sensors. With four near-field cameras, it offers a complete 360° view around the vehicle. Using the same camera technology, the system can be enhanced with the addition of a collision warning system, which notifies the driver of any stationary or moving objects in the critical environment of the vehicle.

Bosch launched two versions of the 24 V ultrasonic sensor system for near-field monitoring of the working area at the beginning of January. Although both 24 V systems feature identical hardware, there are differences when it comes to the processing of the sensor data and thus the functional scope of the different versions. While the basic system simply measures the distance of a specific obstacle, the high-end solution also features object localization. "In the future, agricultural machinery will be able to perform many operations completely automatically. With its off-highway surround sensing system, Bosch has laid the foundation for efficient development of additional assistance functions in the off-highway sector," explains Stefan Schenk with an eye on the future.

Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 52.6 billion euros in 2022, and thus contributed almost 60 percent of total sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s 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 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of 88.2 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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