Bosch has concluded a collaboration agreement with Orange based on which the Engineering Center in Cluj will start testing solutions designed for automated vehicles.
Bosch has entered into a collaboration agreement with Orange Business Services under which the Engineering Center in Cluj will begin testing solutions designed for automated vehicles, using “Vehicle-to-Everything” (C-V2X) cellular communication using commercial infrastructure 5G. C-V2X communication technology is an essential pillar for automated and connected driving.
“We are glad that we have started this new partnership and I am sure that our know-how, expertise and state-of-the-art technologies will lead to exceptional results in the field of connected and automated mobility,” said Catalin Golban, head of engineering. of video perception systems within the Engineering Center in Cluj.
The research and development division of Cluj-Napoca is working on the development of new solutions and the improvement of existing solutions in terms of automated and connected driving, using the advantages offered by 5G technology as a point of interest. Therefore, Bosch engineers in Cluj use test vehicles equipped with 5G technologies, which allow the transmission and visualization of collected data in almost real time, significantly facilitating the process of developing automated and assisted driving solutions. The objective of this project is continuous optimization and innovation, based on data collected from real traffic scenarios.
This new communications technology facilitates the rapid transmission of data from test vehicles to a central server or cloud infrastructure, so that engineers working on automated and assisted driving technologies can quickly process and analyze information. 5G-based C-V2X communication is one of the technologies with the greatest potential to meet the requirements of these functions and to ensure the level of performance required for data exchange. Moreover, the new communications standard allows Bosch engineers or employees anywhere in the world to view the data collected by the test vehicle’s sensors, such as video, radar, ultrasound or lidar sensors.
The new project will lead to relevant progress in the field for both companies. “Our collaboration with Bosch marks an important step in the development of the Collaborative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) ecosystem in Romania. With more advanced CCAM services, automated driving is seen as an important technological element that will shape the future concept of mobility and improve the quality of modern life, providing traffic safety, along with further environmental and information improvements. Connectivity and, more precisely, 5G C-V2X communications, are seen as a technological facilitator of CCAM services that requires a network with high reliability, speed, capacity and ultra-low latency. Due to the extremely low latency of the Orange 5G network, vehicles running software developed by Bosch can exchange data with the cloud in the shortest possible time, with the help of advanced features such as edge computing and network slicing “, says Cristian Patachia, Development & Innovation Manager at Orange Romania and coordinator of 5G Lab.
Technologies tested by Bosch in Cluj-Napoca
The development of connectivity technologies for vehicles is one of the strategic directions of the Bosch Engineering Center in Cluj. Therefore, exploring the potential of 5G technology in this area is of great interest. At the same time, the Engineering Center in Cluj develops software and algorithms for processing data from radar, video and ultrasound sensors, for assisted and automated driving. Moreover, the combination of 5G and sensor technology adds value to the process of innovation and development. With a high transfer rate and low latency, 5G is geared towards the connectivity of both machines and users. Thus, on the one hand, it will improve the product engineering methodology and, on the other hand, it will result in advanced functions, especially in the field of driving assistance and automated driving.
At the Engineering Center in Cluj, Bosch contributes to shaping the future of mobility by developing projects in the field of automated and assisted driving. Features such as automatic emergency braking to avoid collisions with foreign objects such as cars, pedestrians, cyclists and animals, lane keeping or automatic parking can save lives and improve comfort while driving. In addition to radar and ultrasound sensors, more and more vehicles now benefit from integrated video cameras. These cameras receive information that they can later process using integrated electronic computing systems. As such, the video data received from the cameras are processed in real time, using advanced computing power and methods of intelligence and artificial vision, to obtain the positions of traffic objects, vehicles, pedestrians, the position of the vehicle on the traffic lane, the meanings traffic lights, signs or road markings.
The Bosch Engineering Center in Cluj places great emphasis on continuous innovation and works on state-of-the-art projects. Working closely with other research and development centers in the global Bosch network, but also with the factory in Jucu, the engineers in Cluj develop products with the help of high qualifications in software, hardware, reliability and mechanical engineering. Technology for connected and automated driving, the Internet of Things, the connected industry (Industry 4.0) and electric vehicles are just a few examples from the portfolio of Bosch engineers in Cluj.
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