Bosch joins industrial supporters of recent US government announcements to improve autonomous vehicle development and crash testing in the country.
Robert Bosch has applauded recent decisions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Department of Transportation (DoT) regarding autonomous and connected driving as well as improved vehicle safety testing.
The enhancements of the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) and the DoT initiatives that encourage investment in automated and connected vehicle pilot projects whilst removing potential roadblocks to the integration of automotive technology that can improve safety, mobility and sustainability both support Bosch’s goal of completely eradicating road accidents.
“Bosch commends NHTSA and the DoT for their leadership on this topic and will continue to stand as a strong supporter of the proliferation of safety technologies that bring great benefit to society,” said Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch. “Bringing light to these life-saving technologies has been a long-sought-after objective of Bosch and we are proud to be a partner in this tremendous step forward.”
New car assessment for improved safety
The NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) provides comparative new vehicle safety information to assist consumers with purchasing decisions and encourages manufacturers to improve vehicle safety. In order to keep pace with advancements in occupant protection and the introduction of advanced vehicle technologies, the enhanced NCAP places a focus on crash avoidance, pedestrian detection, avoidance and protection, crash dummy changes used during testing and a new oblique crash test.
As part of Bosch’s “Invented for life” mantra and vision of its founder, the company remains committed to ensuring safety technology is available across all makes and models. One example of this is Bosch’s automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology, which can help prevent up to 74% of all rear-end collisions in the United States alone.
Development of autonomy
The DoT is also making an effort to accelerate the adoption of advanced vehicle technology, such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication – collectively referred to as V2x – resulting in significant reduction of traffic fatalities and injuries, according to the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America.
DOT’s proposed $4 billion investment over the span of 10 years will be used for automated and connected vehicle pilot projects that test connected vehicle systems in designated corridors throughout the country, and work with the industry to ensure a common multistate framework for connected and autonomous vehicles.
These technologies will save thousands of lives each year and bring the industry closer to the common goal of zero deaths on America’s roads. From advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to automated technology, the positive impact on crashes is significant. For example, ADAS has the potential to prevent 30% of all crashes, and together with autonomous technology, could reduce crashes and their associated cost to society by 90%, according to research from Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and The Boston Consulting Group.