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Science fiction in San Francisco: the future of driving

Science fiction in San Francisco: the future of driving

Press a button and say “Take me to work”: could this be the future of driving? Bosch researchers in Palo Alto, California, are taking the lead on developing automated driving solutions.

Palo Alto, in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, is a small city with a big reputation. Considered the birthplace of the Silicon Valley and home to Stanford University, it is a world leader in cutting-edge technology and a perfect testing ground for the Bosch researchers specializing in futuristic driving systems.

As exciting as the seemingly science-fiction technology is, the underlying goal in this field of research is to develop and test solutions to benefit drivers in terms of safety and convenience. Integrated sensors, control devices, and networking concepts within the car make functions such as automated parking, predictive emergency braking, and lane keeping assistance possible. Although these functions, among others, can already be realized, the long-standing challenge is how automated vehicles will mix with driven vehicles. One thing we do know is that it will be a case of evolution, not revolution.

The future is here

Did you know?

The future is here

1. More than 5,000 Bosch engineers in Germany and in California are working on further improving our safety and driver assistance systems.

2. From 2014, new vehicles will only be awarded the top safety rating if they have at least one driver-assistance function on board.