Bosch has developed an in-car electronic sensor that constantly monitors a battery's condition and the company claims the technology could be fitted to production vehicles as early as next year.

Bosch has developed an in-car electronic sensor that constantly monitors a battery's condition and the company claims the technology could be fitted to production vehicles as early as next year.


By measuring the temperature, current and voltage of a car's electrical power source, the electronic battery sensor can help drivers avoid vehicle breakdowns associated with depleted and near-depleted batteries.


The sensor's data, transmitted through a local interconnect network (LIN) interface, works in conjunction with a car's energy management system and can reportedly be used to ensure that enough battery energy is preserved to guarantee a car starts every time the ignition, even after long periods of non-use.


According to , information from the EBS also help to optimise alternator and engine functions, allowing for lower fuel consumption, less exhaust emission and a prolonged battery life cycle.


"Equipped with an electronic chip and measurement shunt, the EBS technology is contained within a compact assembly that is directly connected to the pole niche of a vehicle battery," A spokesman for Bosch was quoted as saying.