Imagine you are on your way to work. It is traffic as normal, but instead of getting frustrated with the idiot who cut you off, you are calmly reading a newspaper. As you approach congestion, your car slows down on its own. When you get to the office, you don’t need to drive around looking for an open spot. Your car pulls into the nearest parking bay.
What sounds like science-fiction, might soon be a reality. In less than a decade, mankind will no longer need driving licenses … okay maybe not quite. Engineering company Robert Bosch GmbH (Bosch) in partnership with Prognos conducted a study titled: Connected Car Effects 2025. Highly automated driving will see cars communicating to ensure a safer trip.
Cars driving ahead will send advanced warning and your own vehicle will slow down. Navigational devices will guide the driver to a free parking area. A car might even find its own way through the parking garage.
“Connected mobility will mean fewer accidents, less fuel consumption and less stress” says Dirk Hoheisel, board member of management at Bosch. Bosch’s study found that safety systems and cloud-based functions can prevent around 260 000 accidents. It can save up to 390 000 t of CO2 emissions and save drivers valuable time.
Known assistance and safety systems will become data sources
Some of the systems that will play an important role in the connected revolution are already familiar to us. Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), for example, will be in up to 90 percent of vehicles in China, United States (US) and Germany. Sensor-based automatic emergency braking and lane assistance will be in around 40 percent of cars. Comfort and connectivity systems will also be in the majority of cars by 2025, the study noted.
Smartphones will form part of the infotainment system in the vehicle. More of the car systems will connect to the internet, which, according to the study, will make it much more valuable. ESP sensors will report upcoming sections of icy road. Cameras will collect data on speed restrictions and fog. Functions such as Internet-based parking solutions and wrong-way driver warnings in virtually real-time will be in widespread use.
“Our study shows that the effects of connectivity will have a perceptible impact on every driver in 2025” says Hoheisel. Of course, we hope by then that security software is up-to-date to protect vehicles from hacking.
Findings from the “Connected Car Effect 2025” study
Here are some of the findings from the Bosch study, which focused on the US, China and Germany:
- Over 260 000 accidents involving personal injuries will be avoided annually.
- Up to 350 000 fewer people will be injured by traffic accidents.
- Up to € 4,3 billion (R62 billion) in material and damage costs will be saved by connected assistance systems.
- Nearly 400 000 tons of CO² will be spared.
- Approximately 70 million driving hours will be shed by connected parking functions in the US, China and Germany.
- Drivers will have up to 31 hours of free time on the highway.