A world where there are no car accidents, congestion is a thing of the past, and artificial intelligence (AI)and Internet of Things drive the future are no longer wishful thinking. It’s a reality that German-based companies like Bosch is pushing and could be happening in as little as five years.

SwissCognitiveAt Bosch’s annual press conference held earlier this year, Dr Volker Denner, chairman of the board of management for Bosch, outlined the company’s future strategic plans for automated cars and the impact AI and the IoT will have on many things in the not-too-distant future. How serious is the company in pressing innovation in this space? This year the company added 500 more engineers to work on its automated driving projects, which means it has more than 3000 specialists working in this arena.

Collaboration with the right people

Collaboration is a key ingredient and necessary to make these concepts a part of the automotive and manufacturing landscapes. To highlight the point, Denner spoke of some of the partnerships Bosch has undertaken in recent times to reinforce its commitment to the automated car industry. “We are entering into a development partnership with Daimler in order to enable automated driving in cities – in other words in highly complex driving situations,” said Denner. “Success in this first decisive step will bring us closer to a revolution in personal mobility. “Second, together with Nvidia we are building the ‘AI onboard computer’ the very brain of self-driving cars. With the help of artificial intelligence, we are making cars clever enough to interpret and predict the behavior of other road users.”

Many issues left so solve

The company also has highly automated driving activities in Australia with the launch of a trial and demonstration vehicle at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Melbourne last October. Many issues need addressing, such as how the technology can guarantee that passengers will arrive at the correct destination. This is an issue that Denner’s company has been working on for some time, and is something he is confident will be solved. “Before this decade is out we will have managed to create an essential prerequisite for automated driving – an ultra accurate map that also contains the readings from our radar sensors,” he said. “We are working on this together with TomTom, as well as with Chinese providers AutoNavi, Baidu, and NavInfo. This radar signature will enable self-driving cars to determine their location with precision.” […]