My car, my hero: what the connected vehicle will be capable of doing on the streets of the future
Saving lives and preventing accidents: no, it’s not some sort of costumed super- hero, but the connected car in the year 2025. Together with the Prognos re- search institute, Bosch has looked into the future and assessed what connected vehicles will be able to accomplish using technologies that by then will be wide- spread: highly automated driving, emergency braking assistants, and smartphone integration. The study, which looked at Germany, the U.S., and China, found that by 2025, the implications of connectivity will have noticeable ef- fects on every driver. “Today, computers, smartphones, and the internet are part of everyday life in our society. The same will be true of connected cars in 2025,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
A brief look at the study’s most interesting and exciting facts and figures:
• Emergency services assistants
In 2025, connected assistance systems could save 11,000 lives, 300 of them in Germany (U.S.: 4,000, China: 7,000). Besides that, a total of more than 260,000 accidents that result in injuries (Germany: 30,000, U.S.: 210,000, China: 20,000) can be avoided each year – equal to the number of accidents that happen in Berlin over a two-year period.
• Binge watching instead of gridlock rage
For people in Germany who drive a lot, automated driving can free up 95 hours a year – enough time for a leisurely marathon of all planned eight seasons of “Game of Thrones.”
• To Venus and back
Connected parking technologies could save 480 million kilometers in driv- ing distance (the same distance as going from the Earth to Venus and back again). For example, while searching for parking, cars can report available spots and guide drivers directly to them. On average, car driv- ers in Germany currently travel one kilometer for each parking search – thus causing additional traffic congestion and emissions.
Lower costs for every vehicle owner
• Connected assistance systems will save up to 4.43 billion euros in mate- rial costs and collision damage. Of the 450 million euros saved in Ger- many (U.S.: 3.6 billion dollars, China: 380 million dollars), 100 million eu- ros are due to smartphone integration alone. This means major savings for insurance companies and, in turn, the wallets of every single vehicle owner.
Savings for the environment
• Germany’s national park in the Black Forest can process 400,000 metric tons of CO2 over three years – the same amount that connected mobility functions will be able to save in 2025. How is that possible? Highly auto- mated vehicles require less fuel, and technologies for simplifying the parking search cut down on traffic and the resultant emissions.
Bosch and Prognos assessed a total of twelve technologies for private passen- ger transport and how widespread they are, before projecting the resulting effects in Germany and the U.S., as well as in major cities in China, by 2025. The model is based on international statistics on development of the vehicle fleet, accident data, and current research, as well as on estimates by experts at Bosch and Prognos.
Source: The Bosch Group