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Award for Bosch Infotainment Unit Best-of-CES Award for Chevrolet MyLink System Best innovation in the "Car Tech" category

  • Driver information system from Bosch with an open-source operating system
  • Chevrolet MyLink combines entertainment, navigation, communication and operating functions in a single electronic unit
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  • January 25, 2013
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The new MyLink infotainment system from Chevrolet received the "Best-of-CES Award 2013" at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas. What is behind the operating concept of the MyLink for the 2014 model of the new Chevrolet Impala is the automotive know-how of General Motors and Bosch, the in-depth knowledge of the sensitive interface between the user and technology. MyLink was chosen by the judges as the best innovation in the "Car Tech" category.

With this system, General Motors and the Bosch Car Multimedia division have developed a completely new platform for automotive infotainment to massproduction maturity – a driver information system that works with an open-source operating system. "Thanks to natural voice input, our new head unit is now also even easier for the car driver to operate," says Dr. Uwe Thomas, President of the Car Multimedia division at Bosch. Up until now, it was necessary for the driver to memorize a specific string of commands to operate the system. In contrast, this latest system is able to understand the driver as if s/he was talking to someone sitting on the passenger seat.

Central unit for entertainment, information, communication and operation
The car driver uses the head unit in Chevrolet vehicles to control the audio and video systems, players connected via USB or Bluetooth®, smartphones, special vehicle emergency call systems like OnStar, telematics services, radio reception via AM, FM, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, DAB or Pandora® internet radio, video-based parking systems as well as the vehicle navigation, and climate control. In short: all the infotainment and operating systems in a vehicle you can imagine. In addition, the head unit also allows communication between the different systems with one another – without the driver having to take any action. It affords more information, more convenience and relieves the driver of many otherwise tedious activities. This is what the experts at Bosch call "Driving Convenience".

Wide range of interfaces
The system is able to accommodate a wide variety of different communication options with external devices and media: up to ten parallel connections via Bluetooth 3.0 and USB interfaces, iPod and iPhone connectivity, an SD card slot, Bluetooth® connection for mobile telephony with voice control, hands-free operation with noise suppression and the ability to read, analyze and play back virtually any popular digital audio and video format. Bosch Car Multimedia President Uwe Thomas describes the innovation in a nutshell: "The head unit from Bosch opens up completely new forms of communication, information and in-car operation for the driver."

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with 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. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

PI7770 - January 25, 2013

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