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TMCNet:  New smartphone app from Bosch: myDriveAssist reads traffic signs Info on speed limits and no-passing zones

[July 09, 2014]

New smartphone app from Bosch: myDriveAssist reads traffic signs Info on speed limits and no-passing zones

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 09 July 2014 Release date- 08072014 - New smartphone app from Bosch: myDriveAssist reads traffic signs Info on speed limits and no-passing zones.

Crowd-sourcing delivers the latest data Smartphone camera reads traffic signs on the 'drive by' Technological prerequisites for highly automated driving functions Get myDriveAssist free from the App Store or Google Play Store The myDriveAssist app recently developed by Bosch engineers is able to read traffic signs as well as to record and process other information for new vehicle functions. The data is collected by smartphones on the road, then analyzed by a central server and made available once again to the vehicle applications.

Bosch app warns drivers not to speed The Bosch app available free of charge in the App Store and Google Play Store uses the camera integrated in the smartphone to read traffic signs. With its help, the program recognizes traffic signs as it is 'driving by' and identifies speed limits, cancellation signs and no-passing zones. In addition, the myDriveAssist app warns the driver visually and acoustically not to exceed the speed limit.

The traffic signs recognized can also be used to update the digital map stored on a central server: the traffic sign the camera identifies and its position as determined by the GPS receiver are reported anonymously to the central server. You could say that the camera 'observes' the surroundings 'through the eyes of the cars.' A maze of signs The information on the surroundings that users gather can be very quickly integrated into the digital map. The speed limits can then be automatically shared with and made available to other road users. This means that drivers are no longer dependent on local traffic signs alone; they can reap the benefits of the latest information available across the entire country. The smartphone myDriveAssist app now helps you to make your way through the traffic-sign jungle and increases traffic safety.

Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2013, its sales came to 30.6 billion euros, or 66 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Automotive Technology largely operates in the following areas: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is 'Invented for life.' Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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