Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch)
The company division Mobility Solutions is one of the leading suppliers in the automotive industry, at worldwide level. It concentrates mobility competencies – automation, electrification and networking – and offers holistic mobility solutions. The business segments are fuel injection and ancillary components for combustion engines, as well as solutions for the electrification of the drive system, safety and assistance systems, technology for user-friendly infotainment and inter-vehicle communication, workshop concepts as well as technology and service for the motor vehicle trade. Important innovations such as the electronic motor management, the ESP® anti-skid system or the common-rail diesel technology come from Bosch.
Bosch has been working, for years, on the vision involving the accident-free driving and the corresponding aspects of automated driving. Therefore, it was and it is active in many projects, such as, for example, MOTIV, INTENT, AKTIV, simTD, UR:BAN, CONVERGE, Ko-HAF and RobustSense (in preparation). Bosch uses simulation tools and methods and operates several testing sites worldwide. Bosch has many years of development and serial production experience, with regard to driver assistance systems and associated sensors. Since 2011, Bosch works in the field of highly-automated driving. This refers to the specification and development of sensor and actuator systems as well as control devices, for the specific requirements of highly-automated driving. As system provider, it has experience with the functional development, system and E/E architecture and functional safety. Two test vehicles were built in Germany and two in the USA as development vehicles for HAF functions.
In the context of the Pegasus project, Bosch will define, as well as expand, in the first subproject, the usage scenarios, among others, with regard to the technical limits of sensory and actuator technology. This will be implemented for highway pilots as well as for the yet-to-be defined extended application scenarios. In addition, a procedure for the determination of a measure for the safety level of the highway pilots will be developed and partial aspects of a sensitivity analysis will be implemented. In the 2nd subproject, Bosch will collect and analyze the development processes and assess their compatibility for highly-automated systems. Here, the limitations of the set of relevant scenarios and assessment criteria will be worked out.
The focus of Bosch activities will be visible in the third subproject: requirements for sensor technology and its technical limits. For this purpose, scenarios are initially detailed and parameterized with regard to sensor limits, a suitable testing concept being defined. Subsequently, requirements for radar and camera models will be compiled and corresponding models will be prototypically implemented as well as integrated in the Bosch simulation environment and tested in accordance with relevant reference scenarios. Furthermore, the requirements for the testing areas, regarding sensors and the necessary road infrastructure are defined and implemented in parts. Finally, in the field testing, the identification of relevant scenarios will take place, especially with regard to the relevant aspects for the sensor technology, which are then introduced into the database. For field testing, an existent experimental vehicle will be introduced.
Within the fourth subproject, Bosch will define the review process and create the necessary review templates. For the agreed milestones, the necessary reviews will be implemented and thus integrated in the subprojects from 1 to 3. The subprojects are examined with the reference scenarios being taken into consideration. Moreover, Bosch will also support the development of maturity stage management and its implementation. In the end, the applicability of the processes corresponding to the project context will be verified and reported back to those concerned.