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Bosch To Develop Advanced Camera Technology For Self-Driving Cars

"Automated driving cars will only be safe on the road if they can accurately sense their surroundings at all times."

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German automotive components manufacturer Bosch has collaborated with Japan based Sony Semiconductor Solutions to develop a camera technology that will enable automated driving cars to reliably sense their surroundings even in difficult lighting conditions, informed the company in an official statement.

"Bosch and Sony Semiconductor Solutions are bringing together the technological know-how of the market leader for image sensors and the automotive know-how of the world's biggest supplier," says Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division.

"Automated driving cars will only be safe on the road if they can accurately sense their surroundings at all times," says Steiger.

Bosch further added, in the statement, "In the future, video sensors will be a crucial component of the sensor concept for automated driving. This requires cameras that operate reliably when there is a sudden change of lighting conditions from dark to light and vice versa. In addition, they must be able to instantaneously differentiate when there are drastic differences in brightness within a shot."

The Bosch Group generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors - mobility solutions, industrial technology, consumer goods, and energy and building technology.

Mobility solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2016, its sales came to 43.9 billion euros, or 60 percent of total group sales.

Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket.


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