Bosch Showcases New Technologies

By: Evander Klum

The first ever North American Vehicle Dynamics Expo is about to open its doors at the Rock Financial Showplace in suburban Detroit. At the said event, German company Bosch will be unveiling new technologies which they say will make vehicles even safer and more comfortable.

The event will run from October 24 until the 26th. Everyday of the event will see a different Bosch representative delivering presentations to attendees. Scott Dahl, the director of marketing and product planning at the company's Chassis Systems, will be talking about how Electronic Stability Control or ESC can be used to integrate more functions and technologies to a vehicle. Dahl will be discussing the topic on October 25 at 9:30 AM.

Dr. Kay Stepper, the marketing manager for Bosch's Chassis Systems Control Division, will speak about Vehicle Dynamics Management on Oct 24 at 10:15 AM. Discussion will also touch on drivetrain, suspension and steering technology advancements which improves chassis characteristics.

Joseph Miller will deliver his speech about the unique possibilities for stability systems for sport utility vehicles and light trucks. Much attention will be given to the application of Bosch's technology to off-road bound vehicles. Miller will address the event on the last day at 11:35 AM.

One of the technologies which the German company is slated to showcase at the event is their Dynamic Steering Angle Control system. This technology uses the ESC to modify the front steering of a vehicle with the help of Bosch's Active Front Steering technology. This system makes it easier to steer the vehicle and decreases braking distance. This makes a vehicle safer as it can readily stop when needed.

Another technology that Bosch will showcase at the upcoming event is the Dynamic Wheel Torque Control system. This is already being used by the 2008 BMW X5. The technology makes it easier for drivers to steer a vehicle during cornering even at high speed. The system increases engine torque and lightly brakes the rear wheel making a vehicle more agile.

The Dynamic Roll Stabilizer Force Control is also another system which is designed to complement ESC. Said system guides the driver during select driving situations. The system does this by electric power steering. This system is geared towards motivating drivers to increase their steering input.

The Dynamic Roll Stabilizer Force Control on the other hand creates roll-torque distribution between the front and the rear axle with the help of active roll stabilizers. This technology which is also controlled by a vehicle's ESC improves the agility of a vehicle by reducing the adverse effects of oversteering and understeering.

These technologies will soon be used by vehicles that automakers produce. With the benefits of aforementioned technologies, they may soon be as common as on vehicles sold to the public.

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