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Trevor Collett | Apr, 27 2015 | 3 Comments

Bosch has showcased its vision of autonomous driving, with a video depicting a typical trip to the airport in the not-too-distant future.

In the video (bottom of page), we meet ‘Phillip’ and his Tesla Model S, which is an ideal car in which to trial such technology due to its enormous central touchscreen.

The Model S attempts to predict Phillip’s intended destination based on past intelligence, before asking him to set an estimated timeframe for ‘manual’ and autonomous driving.

In this case, the driver controls the vehicle until it joins a motorway, and then advises the car that he would like it to take over with a precise dual-button, three second command.

Once the Model S begins driving itself, the instrument cluster changes to accommodate necessary instructions and Phillip is now free to check emails (and other things, we presume) on the giant touchscreen.

To retake control of the car, the same three-second procedure is performed. In this case, the driver chooses to regain control as he exits the motorway.

Bosch predicts that all new vehicles will be ‘connected’ in some way by 2025, with the ability to communicate with other vehicles while in traffic, and that 15 percent of these will feature some sort of hybrid or electric drivetrain.

And in the lead-up to 2025, Bosch suggests conventional internal combustion engines can continue to improve in efficiency by up to 20 percent.

“To help reduce air pollution and to aid in resource conservation, it is critical to refine solutions for clean and fuel-efficient internal combustion engines, on the one hand, but to continuously invest in e-mobility technologies on the other,” Bosch China’s Dr Xu Daquan said.

“Meanwhile, the additional torque from the electric motor adds to driving enjoyment, bringing combustion engines to new heights.”

The autonomous platform forms part of Bosch’s display at the Shanghai Auto Show, which aims to showcase “connectivity, automation and electrification” technology which improves mobility.

Bosch says China was chosen as the ideal place to display the technologies, as the country’s rapidly growing automotive industry faces challenges from pollution, collisions and energy shortages.

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