Source: Bosch announcement

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – New accident research released by Bosch yesterday revealed the potential of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) to significantly improve road safety.

According to Bosch’s findings, when AEB is present in all vehicles, the technology could help mitigate or avoid altogether up to 649,000 vehicle crashes with injuries or fatalities each year – a 35 percent reduction.

“AEB technology for vehicles is available today to support safer traveling for all road users,” said Dr. Kay Stepper, senior vice president automated driving, driver assistance for Bosch in North America. “It only takes over in specific instances to help avoid or mitigate an incident.”   

Bosch’s research was conducted using data from Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS) provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was analyzed to address relevant collision scenarios which could potentially be addressed by AEB technology. The process provided a model to estimate the potential impact of AEB technology assuming 100 percent vehicle penetration of the technology.

Protecting vulnerable road users with applications of AEB

AEB uses a forward-facing radar, camera sensors or a combination of both to monitor a vehicle’s path of travel for imminent collision threats. The technology was first launched by Bosch in 2010 to support avoidance of rear-end vehicle collisions. AEB’s capabilities have evolved to include detection of pedestrians (AEB for Pedestrians) and cyclists (AEB for Cyclists) – further elevating levels of safety for all roadway users.

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The Bosch accident research showed that of the more than 1.8 million vehicle crashes with injuries or fatalities in 2018 in U.S., nearly 594,000 could have been mitigated or avoided with AEB; 36,000 with AEB for pedestrians; and 19,000 with AEB for cyclists.

The total of all three technologies together means AEB technologies could mitigate or avoid altogether up to 649,000 vehicle crashes with injuries or fatalities per year in the U.S. In other words, about one-third of U.S. vehicle crashes with injuries or fatalities could be avoided or mitigated with AEB technology annually.

“We are continuing to advance vehicle safety in a way that protects vulnerable road users of many types – from drivers and passengers to pedestrians and cyclists,” Stepper said. “AEB is not a static technology, it’s one where we’ve leveraged Bosch’s ‘Invented for Life’ ethos to continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible to keep people safe.” 

Bosch camera technology continues to advance object recognition to support applications of AEB using a combination of a unique multi-path approach and artificial intelligence (AI). The camera can recognize and classify pedestrians, even when they are 50-percent concealed. In congested urban traffic, the camera can also recognize and classify partially obscured or crossing vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Recognition and classification allows the vehicle to trigger a warning or emergency braking.

The latest generation of Bosch radar sensors capture the vehicle’s surroundings – and demonstrate improved performance in bad weather or poor light conditions due to their detection range, wide aperture, and high angular resolution.

It starts with consumer education

Encouraging higher adoption rates of AEB starts with consumer education, but requires joint efforts between academia, government and industry.

NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) provides comparative new vehicle safety information to assist consumers with purchasing decisions and encourages manufacturers to improve vehicle safety. The formal addition of AEB to the program, coupled with the creation of a new crash avoidance rating, could help improve consumer awareness and adoption of a technology that notably reduces crashes.

Technology drives safety advancements

Dating back to the early 1970s when Bosch started researching new safety technologies for vehicles, the goal has been to make roadways a safer place. From adapting radar systems for automotive use to the introduction of anti-lock braking systems (ABS), these foundational technologies have continued to advance to help make roads safer for everyone.

In fact, NHTSA estimates that electronic stability control systems, which Bosch first unveiled in 1995 and which have been mandated since model year 2012 for all new cars in the U.S. weighing 10,000 pounds or less, saved approximately 9,000 lives in the U.S. between 2015 and 2018.

The entire announcement can be viewed by clicking HERE.