ŠKODA has become the world’s first automaker to opt for the Bosch wrong-way driver warning system in its new vehicles. The new infotainment app, called Traffication, offers ŠKODA drivers a lifesaving warning directly via the display in their vehicle’s cockpit.
Starting in the first quarter of 2021, ŠKODA will offer the system in models such as the ŠKODA SUPERB, SCALA, KAMIQ, KAROQ, and KODIAQ. Other vehicle models are scheduled to follow before the year is out.
This is how Bosch’s cloud-based warning system works. As a vehicle approaches a freeway entrance or exit, the system automatically sends its current anonymized GPS position to the cloud. The software then compares the vehicle’s current direction with the permitted direction of travel. If these two pieces of information clash, the system will alert the wrong-way driver to their mistake by flashing a warning on the display.
Michal Vondra, product manager for the Traffication app at ŠKODA, says: “Increasing safety on the road is an important goal for ŠKODA. Our new app called Traffication with wrong-way driver warning brings us a step closer to achieving it.”
Dr. Mathias Pillin, president of Bosch’s new Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division, adds: “Our goal is to put the wrong-way driver warning system in every car – in line with our “Invented for life” ethos. Every death, every injury caused by wrong-way drivers is one too many. The more vehicles connected to the Bosch wrong-way driver warning app, the closer-knit the invisible safety net will be.”
Around 2.5 million unique active users per month already employ Bosch’s wrong-way driver warning system in Europe, including people in Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Italy, and the UK. Additional users are to join this year as the system expands to the U.S. and Canada – moving beyond Europe for the first time.
Bosch says it’s in talks with other automakers to make it a feature in more and more vehicles.