Bosch's New Multi-Camera System for Vehicle Surroundings
It's very (if not, highly) unlikely that one would associate Bosch with vehicle safety. The company's specialization in top-notch security cameras and power tools are what comes to mind when people think of Bosch.
To that effect, the company has surprised us by actually creating a parking aid for the drivers. Known as the Bosch electronic assistant, the assistant is designed to help direct drivers directly into tight spaces through the use of acoustic signals.
“If you're parking somewhere where every centimeter counts, it's usually more useful to see than to hear,” said Dr. Kirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
The assistant's multi-camera system comprised four tiny closerange cameras, with each camera facing the front, the back, and the side of the cars. Each camera has a viewing angle of 190 degrees, which allows them to capture the entire surrounding area of that side of the car. Inside the car, the driver can then see what the camera picks up in an almost realistic 3D model, complete with details and designs.
But that's not all the cameras allow the car to do. Thanks to Bosch, cars equipped with this technology can also allow drivers to steer their cars into a parking space from the outside. The driver can control the car via the use of special buttons that are installed onto the car key. This means that the driver won't have to manually park a car into a tight parking space that would usually result in him having to squeeze out of the passenger seat uncomfortably.
Bosch actually built special cameras for cars. No, really.