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.

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