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High-powered platform for reliable toll operations: New on-board truck toll unit from Bosch Extended computing and memory capacity

  • New vehicle units for use in the German truck toll system
  • Integral part of the automatic accounting process
  • Connectivity platform with significantly extended computing and memory capacity
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  • March 18, 2013
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Bosch now supplies a new generation of on-board units (OBU) for the satellite-based truck toll system in Germany. The new units calculate the toll for trucks with a total weight of more than twelve tons on some 13,000 kilometers of German autobahns and another 1,000 kilometers of four-lane national highways. They have been in operation since January 2013 and are gradually replacing older toll unit models. Thus, over the coming three years, the stock of vehicle units will be modernized and adapted to the market demand expected in the future. Some 26,000 units have been installed in heavy goods vehicles since the beginning of the year.

The new on-board unit is based on a high-powered connectivity platform recently developed by the Bosch Car Multimedia division with an integrated satellite-supported locating function and GSM mobile communication. The new 1-DIN slot units have been equipped with significantly greater computing and memory capacity, which will also be able to meet the technical requirements of the future.

The on-board unit integrated into the vehicle is the key element in the automatic log-in process. With the help of GPS satellite signals (Global Positioning System) and other sensors, it determines the current position of the vehicle, uses a special map to identify the route sections traveled, calculates the amount of the toll and supplies this data in encrypted form to a computing center via mobile communications at regular intervals.

The Bosch Car Multimedia division has already been supplying innovative solutions for telematics systems in commercial vehicles for more than ten years. This includes modern applications for the fleet management of trucks and trailers as well as systems for online vehicle diagnosis and the administration of large vehicle fleets. Electronic toll collection can now be added to this range of services.

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.”

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