Bosch has launched an all-in-one active safety system for vehicle makers that incorporates autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and cyclist detection.

IN AUSTRALIA, CYCLISTS make up three per cent of all road fatalities and a staggering 15 per cent of hospitalisations, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. Most of these fatalities involve light vehicles due to head on collisions, side swipes, collisions with doors, and rear ending.

Bosch claims fitting its new AEB cyclist system could prevent a lot of collisions from occurring. “Driver assistance systems are the next step along the path toward accident-free driving,” says Bosch board of management member Dr Dirk Hoheisel. “These electronic assistants are always vigilant and, in emergencies, they respond more quickly than people can. They provide support just where drivers need it – in busy city traffic.”

Starting in 2018, both the Euro NCAP and ANCAP star rating system will include weighting to be eligible for five stars for emergency braking with cyclist detection. Bosch says its new AEB Cyclist system can react in 190 milliseconds which is less time than it takes to blink twice and is can bring the car to a complete stop at speeds up to 40km/h.

While the AEB system is like many others on the market, the incorporation of cyclist detection is unique as a complete package. According to Bosch, the system uses rear-mounted mid-range radar sensors which help to monitor the driver’s blind spot and lane changes. Once the vehicle is parallel parked, Bosch’s exit warning, which is active on all doors and operational for several minutes after the ignition has been switched off. Bosch said, “Mounted to the left and right of the rear of the car, the Bosch sensors monitor traffic. Within a 20-meter radius, the sensors can detect other road users who are approaching from the rear, or who are already to the side or rear of the car, and promptly warn the driver before they open their door”.

Practical Motoring spoke with Bosch about this system which it says is now available for OEM use. The German company admitted that it already had one car maker signed up to use the system in a vehicle due out next year, but wouldn’t say which car maker.


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