Bosch lays down final preparations for 'Traffic Jam Assistant' system
- United Arab Emirates: Sunday, February 24 - 2013 at 13:05
- PRESS RELEASE
The stress and frustration associated with being caught in any one of dozens of traffic jams on the UAE's roads for daily commuters will soon be a fleeting memory, as a new driver assistance system undergoes its final preparations for a global launch.
The new system, which is set to begin production in 2014, will brake, accelerate, and steer completely autonomously, at speeds up to 50 kilometres per hour, meaning it will operate in most stop-and-go situations.
Guido Gring, Vice President of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Middle East and Africa said that the new Traffic Jam Assistant will be a huge step forward for fully autonomous driving on Middle East roads, whilst also significantly easing stressful and potentially dangerous road rage situations on the UAE's roads.
"Imagine you are stuck in a traffic jam on Sheikh Zayed Road, or any other tailback in the Middle East, on your daily commute home from work, with at least another hour on the tarmac separating you from the comfort of your couch and family," said Gring. "You are thinking to yourself: 'I wish I could just let my car drive me home'. Soon that wish will come true.
"The Traffic Jam Assistant is not only a smart innovation in the automotive industry, but also a life changing solution for millions of road users across the Middle East who will be able to arrive at their chosen destinations far more relaxed."
Today, adaptive cruise control (ACC) already tracks the vehicles ahead and adapts the distance and speed of the driver's own vehicle accordingly. The Traffic Jam Assistant will additionally integrate a lane-detection camera, and electric power steering. The next functional step will include automatic lane changing. This requires two additional features - a rear-mounted radar sensor and a dynamic navigation map.
Following its initial scheduled launch next year, Bosch's Traffic Jam Assistant will be further enhanced to cover faster speeds and more complex driving situations. Eventually, Bosch claims, it will serve as a highway pilot, making fully autonomous driving on highways in any condition a new reality.
The new system, which will be limited to highways with no oncoming traffic and no pedestrians,
will come as good news to those commuters who are either the victims of, or susceptible to, road rage on the UAE's roads caused by stressful traffic situations.
A study on road rage conducted by the American Psychological Association found that even typically calm, reasonable people can turn into warriors behind the wheel, stating that 'when provoked, they yell obscenities, wildly gesture, honk and swerve in and out of traffic, and endanger their lives and others.'
The same study suggested that under a road rage state of mind, drivers engage in hostile, aggressive thinking, take more risks on the road, get angry faster, behave more aggressively, have more accidents, and experience more anxiety and impulsiveness.
Gring added: "The Traffic Jam Assistant will reduce the factors provoking road rage, thus, contributing significantly to avoiding road dangers and accidents. By also remaining stress free on Middle East roads, people can go about their daily lives with ease."
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