Mobility Solutions

New devices for fleet management: Connectivity&Control Units from Bosch Reducing management costs for vehicle fleets

  • Connectivity&Control Unit for the management of large vehicle fleets
  • 2nd generation on-board diagnosis
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  • September 18, 2012
  • Mobility Solutions
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A very large number of the vehicles that are registered as new vehicles each year belong to large vehicle fleets. In the case of insurance or leasing fleets, these vehicle fleets often include several thousand cars and trucks. To help the operators of such vehicle fleets to keep track of their vehicles, Bosch now offers the Connectivity&Control Unit (CCU), an innovative terminal device that monitors the technical condition of the individual vehicles and records their usage profiles.

The new Connectivity&Control Unit is connected to the on-board network via the OBD II contact (2nd generation on-board diagnosis), which legislation now requires for all modern vehicles, and is neatly hidden in the footwell or behind the dashboard. The electrical connection consists of just one wire, making the device quick and easy to install. It can also be easily removed without leaving behind any damage when the vehicle is taken out of the vehicle fleet at the end of its service life and sold as a used vehicle.

Customized analyses for fleet diagnosis
The unit continually collects the vehicle’s operating data and is able to immediately identify any problems reported by the different ECUs in the vehicle electronics. The information collected in this way is automatically transmitted to a computing center, analyzed and made available to the vehicle fleet operators in a format that can be processed further by their computer systems. The OBD II contact also provides data on all the emissions-relevant vehicle systems. The type and scope of this information is standardized. Nevertheless, Bosch is still taking another big step forward; after all, thanks to the company’s technical expertise in this field, much more data can be elicited from this standardized diagnosis interface than is generally possible. This includes such information as the vehicle kilometer reading, the servicing intervals, fuel consumption and entries in the error memory, which not only affect engine management. All the knowledge that is obtained makes it first possible to provide the vehicle fleet operators with informative analyses as a fleet diagnostic service, which is indispensable for efficient fleet management. As a result, the vehicle fleet operator can completely rely on the expertise provided by Bosch in the interpretation of this information.

The use of the innovative Connectivity&Control Unit is an enormous help in saving money in the maintenance and the management of large vehicle fleets. Based on the data provided, maintenance and repairs can be done as required to make sure that all the vehicles on the road are always in the best possible technical condition. This ensures optimum profitability and efficiency for vehicle use and is good for the environment as well.

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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.

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