Bosch in bid to halve global crashes

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Bosch is play­ing a ma­jor part in the Global NCAP’s “Stop the Crash” cam­paign, in a bid to halve the num­ber of road ac­ci­dents by 2020.

Cur­rently that fig­ure stands at 1.25 mil­lion a year; ev­ery day, more than 3,000 peo­ple world­wide lose their lives in traf­fic ac­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to Global NCAP.

Th­ese fa­tal­i­ties are of­ten the re­sult of ve­hi­cles that are in­ad­e­quately equipped – es­pe­cially in emerg­ing mar­kets – and which there­fore pro­vide poor pro­tec­tion for pas­sen­gers and pedes­tri­ans.

“For Bosch, ev­ery traf­fic fatal­ity is one too many. With our tech­nolo­gies, we can pro­tect hu­man life around the world,” says Dr Dirk Ho­heisel, mem­ber of the Bosch board of man­age­ment.

The cam­paign’s ob­jec­tive is to boost aware­ness of safety sys­tems such as ESP, emer­gency brak­ing sys­tems, and mo­tor­cy­cle ABS, par­tic­u­larly in growth mar­kets.

The ef­fec­tive­ness of the dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies was fea­tured in driv­ing demon­stra­tions at the kick-off event of the ini­tia­tive in Brasilia in Novem­ber. “Stop the Crash” also sup­ports the United Na­tions in its aim to halve the num­ber of traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties world­wide – cur­rently 1.25 mil­lion per year – by 2020. Bosch launched the ESP elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gramme in 1995, and it has pre­vented 190,000 ac­ci­dents and saved more than 6,000 lives across Europe. “Af­ter the seat belt, ESP is the most im­por­tant ve­hi­cle safety sys­tem – even more im­por­tant than the airbag,” Ho­heisel says. If all ve­hi­cles were equipped with the anti-skid sys­tem, up to 80 per­cent of all skid­ding ac­ci­dents could be pre­vented. Bosch has man­u­fac­tured more than 150 mil­lion ESP sys­tems since 1995. ESP is also the ba­sic tech­nol­ogy for many driver as­sis­tance sys­tems which in­ter­vene to sup­port driv­ers in po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions – such as chang­ing lanes or stay­ing in their lane, or tak­ing eva­sive ac­tion and brak­ing when en­coun­ter­ing an ob­sta­cle.

Rear-end col­li­sions are among the worst – es­pe­cially if pedes­tri­ans or bi­cy­clists are in­volved. Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing sys­tems can pre­vent such col­li­sions en­tirely – or, at the very least, con­sid­er­ably mit­i­gate their im­pact.

If a radar or video sen­sor de­tects a po­ten­tial ob­sta­cle ahead of the car, the brak­ing sys­tem is first pre­pared for a full emer­gency brak­ing ma­noeu­vre, and the driver is warned. If the driver fails to re­spond, the sys­tem per­forms a par­tial brak­ing ma­noeu­vre.

As soon as the driver steps on the brakes, the sys­tem in­creases brak­ing power to pre­vent the accident. If the driver also fails to re­spond to the par­tial brak­ing ma­noeu­vre and the sys­tem de­tects that a col­li­sion is un­avoid­able, it au­tonomously per­forms a full emer­gency brak­ing ma­noeu­vre. At speeds of up to 40km/h in ur­ban traf­fic, the Bosch emer­gency brak­ing sys­tem can com­pletely pre­vent col­li­sions with sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles.

In Ger­many alone, ac­cord­ing to Bosch accident re­search, up to 72 per­cent of all rear-end col­li­sions re­sult­ing in in­jury could be pre­vented if all ve­hi­cles were equipped with an au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing sys­tem. As early as the mid-1990s, Bosch de­vel­oped an an­tilock brak­ing sys­tem for the safety of mo­tor­cy­clists.

“ABS can pre­vent one-quar­ter of all mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing ca­su­al­ties,” Ho­heisel says. Many coun­tries now there­fore have leg­is­la­tion man­dat­ing this safety sys­tem.

Bosch’s lat­est fo­cus is on re­duc­ing costs, so as to make ABS tech­nol­ogy avail­able for all ve­hi­cle classes and mar­kets. This also in­cludes the price­sen­si­tive two-wheel­ers with up to 250cc dis­place­ment which are pop­u­lar in emerg­ing mar­kets.

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