Bosch Australia demonstrates highly automated driving (HAD) capabilities in Melbourne at ITS World Congress

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways October 11, 2016 10:38

Bosch Australia demonstrates highly automated driving (HAD) capabilities in Melbourne at ITS World Congress

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress has commenced in Melbourne where Bosch Australia has demonstrated and road tested its Australian
engineered automated vehicle.

At the ITS World Congress the world’s leading transportation policymakers, technology, business and research professionals will assemble with the goal of exhibiting and discussing solutions that promote greater levels of safety, efficiency, reliability, sustainability and connectivity to transportation systems worldwide.

Bosch Australia‘s vehicle drove on a closed Albert Park circuit on Sunday during the ITS World Congress Media Day and will continue to be demonstrated this week as part of the Congress.

The vehicle is able to communicate with other vehicles to automatically act on behalf of the driver based on projected dangers such as road-works, sudden changes in traffic conditions and unexpected obstacles. Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users and connectivity between vehicle and motorcycle will be demonstrated between the Bosch vehicle and a Ducati motorcycle at Albert Park.

In addition, the vehicle includes advanced human machine interface (HMI) technology that can adjust vehicle settings and monitor for driver distractions.

The Victorian Government through the Transport Accident Commmision (TAC) has invested $1.2 million in Bosch Australia’s automated driving program. Bosch Australia President, Gavin Smith believes the advancement of highly automated driving will help reduce the road toll and bring a myriad of other benefits.

“More than 90 per cent of all crashes are caused by human error, by increasing automation in vehicles, we can have a profound impact,” said Mr. Smith

Trials of the vehicle will be used to inform the development of regulations and infrastructure to enable similar self-driving cars to operate on Australian roads when they become commercially available in the future.

“Projects such as these are not just vital for the advancement of road safety but also for the further development of technical expertise and capability of Bosch Australia engineers.”

“More than 45 Bosch Australia engineers worked on the car in the last year and we are extremely proud of what they have achieved,“ said Mr Smith, who is speaking as keynote at the ITS World Congress and believes the future of mobility will include a progressive increase in automation.

Beginning in 2017, cars will be equipped with systems such as “integrated highway assist,” which allows a car to travel at speed on the highway, while remaining in its lane. In 2018, this will be augmented with a “highway assist” system that allows the car to change lanes by itself. Both systems still require a human driver to monitor the road.

By 2020, cars will be equipped with a “highway pilot” that can essentially take over all driving tasks, although a human may need to intervene sometimes. By 2025, an “auto pilot” system that can drive a car from point A to point B without any human involvement and thus any possibility of human error.

“Although we cannot say precisely when the tipping point for highly automated driving will be, we are certain the future of mobility will be connected, electrified and automated.” said Mr Smith.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways October 11, 2016 10:38