Bosch develops predictive road-condition services for AVs
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Bosch has developed a system designed to give automated vehicles a better “feel” of road conditions. Leveraging weather data provided by partner Foreca, an automated vehicle will know exactly where and how it can drive autonomously, leading to a new era of road-condition forecasting.
The road-condition services take multiple possible forecast scenarios into consideration with an aim of boosting driving safety through increased availability of automated driving functions. The services package is expected to roll out worldwide in 2020, initially on the basis of weather data but later to be augmented by vehicle data as connected cars increasingly appear on roads.
Bosch estimates it would take some 20 million connected cars to cover the roughly 80,000 km of freeway in Europe alone. As this occurs, it will supplement its predictive road-condition services with vehicle data, including information stored on the CAN bus (the vehicle’s central data network) such as the temperatures measured inside and outside the vehicle, whether the windshield wipers are in use, and interventions by the electronic stability program (ESP) anti-skid system.
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