Germany’s Robert Bosch, the largest auto parts supplier on the globe, has fully embarked on the autonomous car journey, outlining a strategy that would see it deploying the technology needed for driverless cars.

Automakers and technology companies are racing together towards the XXI century’s auto revolution – the autonomous car – a vehicle that would be able to drive itself without human intervention, thus reducing traffic accidents and congestion because of its high technology that would allow it to also communicate with other cars and the surrounding environment. But in order to achieve a feat that seems directly taken from a science-fiction book, they need auto parts makers to come up with everything – from radar, cameras, control units to the myriad of software programs needed to control the vehicles.

Bosh already has production contracts for all these hardware systems that are needed for the transition stage – partially autonomous cars that can pilot themselves and change lanes at high speeds on the German autobahn – seen on the roads by 2017 and 2018, according to Wolf-Henning Scheider, a top executive at the company. During his appearance at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress, Scheider said Bosch has a four-stage timetable for autonomous technology: integrated highway assist (2017); highway assist (2018); highway pilot (2020) and auto pilot (2025). The first two stages would need constant driver monitoring, the third would only require human intervention in case of an emergency and the latter involves fully autonomous driving.

Via Automotive News Europe


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