“I feel it in my toes” The Bosch active gas pedal: gentle vibration can lighten pressure on the gas pedal and warn of wrong-way drivers

 
 
 

2016-02-17 | Germany | Corporate News

“I feel it in my toes”

The Bosch active gas pedal: gentle vibration can lighten pressure on the gas pedal and warn of wrong-way drivers

▶ Up to 7 percent lower fuel consumption.

▶ Connected with the navigation system: pedal warns about sharp bends

▶ Online data make real-time alert function possible

▶ Online-special: www.bosch-gaspedal.com

The driver’s foot is responsible for one-quarter of fuel consumption. Up to now, the only thing that could be done about this rule of thumb was to drive gently and take eco-driving courses. Now, however, Bosch has developed a technical aid in the shape of the active gas pedal: its gentle vibration tells drivers when they have crossed the line from light touch to lead foot. “The Bosch active gas pedal helps drivers save fuel – and alerts them to potentially dangerous situa-tions as well,” says Stefan Seiberth, president of the Gasoline Systems division of Robert Bosch GmbH And if the vehicle has an assistance system, the pedal becomes a warning indicator: coupled with the navigation system or a camera that recognizes road signs, the innovative Bosch gas pedal gives drivers a hap-tic warning signal if, for example, they are approaching a dangerous bend at too high a speed.

The active gas pedal helps drivers to be very light-footed on the accelerator. The feedback they get from the pedal allows them to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 7 percent. And CO2 emissions are reduced accordingly. This is possible because the gas pedal can be networked with other automotive func-tions, such as the transmission. Up to now, the only indication drivers have had of the best time to shift gear has been in the form of small arrows on the in-strument display. The active gas pedal comes with the option of a palpable in-dication of the best time to shift gear. “The pedal tells the driver when the economy and acceleration curves intersect,” Seiberth says. If the driver still wants to accelerate some more before shifting gear, however, applying a little extra pressure is enough.

Hybrids: advance warning of when the combustion engine will restart

Additional fuel-saving potential is available in conjunction with start-stop coast-ing, i.e. when the engine is stopped while still moving at speed in order to save fuel. Bosch estimates that the engine can be stopped in this way on 30 percent of all journeys. The gas pedal can be set to give an alert as soon as coasting mode makes sense. And with advancing powertrain electrification, this innova-tive technology has further benefits to offer. The pedal also opens up a lot of fuel-saving potential in hybrids, since it lets drivers know when the combustion engine is about to take over from the electric motor, so they can lighten the amount of pressure on the gas pedal.

But it is not only in the area of fuel economy that the active gas pedal comes in-to play. It can make cars safer as well. This is because the innovative compo-nent can be connected with a whole series of assistance systems. In connec-tion with collision warning systems, for example, the system can create a vibrat-ing signal warning drivers not to accelerate any further. A simple change to the software settings is all that is needed to tailor the type and force of haptic feed-back to automakers’ specifications.

The gas pedal goes online: signals warn of wrong-way drivers or traffic jams ahead

The innovative Bosch gas pedal can also be connected with the navigation sys-tem, enabling it to warn drivers if, for example, they are approaching a sharp bend at too high a speed. In addition, the gas pedal can be coupled with a camera that recognizes speed-limit signs. If drivers exceed the speed limit, the gas pedal will warn them by vibrating or exerting counter-pressure. Internet connectivity opens up even more possibilities. The Bosch innovation is already designed for cars that are connected with their surroundings. And via the vibrat-ing pedal, the connected car will pass on warnings about dangerous situations – wrong-way drivers, unexpected congestion, crossing traffic, and other haz-ards along the planned route – to the person at the wheel.

A detailed web-special on the connected gas pedal can be found online: www.bosch-gaspedal.com

About Bosch in Korea

Bosch in Korea manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile machinery products, power tools and accessories, and security systems. The company opened an office in Seoul in 1985. Bosch operates five companies in Korea: Robert Bosch Korea Limited Company, Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd., Bosch Rexroth Korea Ltd., ETAS Korea Co., Ltd., and KB Wiper Systems Co., Ltd. (KCW 50%). Total employment amounts to around 1,900 associates as of December 31, 2016. Bosch has a strong R&D presence in Korea with more than 250 engineers in research and development and a technical center with state of-the art testing and application facilities. In fiscal 2016, Bosch generated sales of 2.3 trillion KRW in Korea.

Additional information is available online at www.facebook.com/boschkorea .

Bosch Group

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at:

www.bosch.com

www.iot.bosch.com

www.bosch-press.com

twitter.com/BoschPresse .