Bosch and Daimler: Mobility for Everyone
What happens when the vehicle and technology expertise of a premium manufacturer and the system and hardware capability of one of the world's largest suppliers meet? The mobility of the future becomes reality! For everyone, in fact.
Driving a car without a driving license is impossible today. Those who do not have a driving license cannot drive a vehicle. But what if cars could be completely autonomous and driverless? Then even people without a driver’s license and in every stage of life would be mobile. Currently, drivers can be assisted by various supporting systems. In the case of partly automated driving systems, which are already present in the new models of the C-, E- and S-Classes, the driver still needs to constantly oversee the automatic functions. They may not pursue any non-driving-related activities. This is soon to change: As early as the start of the coming decade, fully automated and driverless driving is expected to become reality.
Daimler AG has already the approval to test self-driving vehicles on public roads. Now Robert Bosch GmbH and Daimler are taking the next big step to implement fully automated and driverless driving in the urban environment. At the beginning of this year the two German Stuttgart-based companies agreed on a development cooperation. Bosch has built up enormous competence in the field of sensory analysis, actuator control, and automotive control units, and is market leader in these areas. Employees of both companies will work together in project teams at four different locations. These four development centers will become the birthplaces of revolutionary mobility: Stuttgart, Böblingen, and Ulm in Germany as well as Sunnyvale in California.
The objective of the two companies is a secure series launch of the technology as early as possible.
This is all achieved through the joint development of the necessary software and the appropriate algorithms. In this way, a completely autonomous driving system will be produced. It will make it possible for people to hand over the steering wheel to the car as required. The driver thus becomes a passenger and can use the car as a comfortable retreat, which requires no activity from him or her. They can do what they want. Communicate, work, or relax.
With the leap into a driverless system, there are also secondary benefits for people and the environment: Nowadays in many cities the road network is already overloaded at peak time. Here, fully autonomous cars can be used as so-called “robot taxis” or for car sharing. So, you no longer own the high-tech car, but share it sensibly – thus traffic flow and safety of street traffic in larger cities changes for the better.