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Bosch Compact Automotive Press Briefing 2013: fact sheet From hydraulic hybrid systems and driver assistance to connected driving

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  • June 17, 2013
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Product highlights: from the eClutch to the iBooster
eClutch: The electric clutch shifts into neutral whenever the driver is not accelerating. This reduces fuel consumption by a good 5 percent.

iBooster: An innovative brake booster that meets all the future requirements of electric drives and driver assistance systems. It operates electromechanically and does not require any vacuum from the engine. This means there are no longer any obstacles in the way of coasting and electric driving. Moreover, the technology enables a high level of energy recovery and thus increases a vehicle's electric range. And since the iBooster builds up braking pressure at lightning speed and shortens braking distance, it is an ideal partner for all driver assistance systems.

Boost recuperation system: With this system, Bosch now offers a basic hybrid system for mid-sized vehicles. The generator is the system's core element: with its high voltage, it also serves as the basis for the new 48-volt vehicle electrical systems. The BRS system offers two clear advantages: first, it enables coasting, which reduces fuel consumption. Second, thanks to its higher performance, it uses regenerative braking far better than conventional generators. This results in fuel savings of up to 7 percent.

Hydraulic hybrid: This new drive solution can store braking energy in a pressure accumulator, which a hydraulic motor then converts into propulsion. On average, this reduces fuel consumption by 30 percent, or even up to 45 percent in city driving.

GM CUE head unit: Bosch developed this driver information system with General Motors. It uses open-source software and is controlled with natural voice input – drivers can speak as freely as they would with other passengers. Cadillac was the first to start series production of this system, and Chevrolet, Buick, and Opel have followed suit.

Motorcycle safety: The new front ABS controls the braking of the front wheel. For two-wheelers in the megacities of the world's growth markets, it offers additional safety at an especially low cost. For high-end motorcycles, the MSC stability system is capable of identifying the best possible level of deceleration, even when the rider is leaning into a bend, and of responding accordingly.

Stereo video camera: In 2014, Bosch is set to begin series production of this stereo camera. A single sensor will be able to trigger automatic emergency braking for pedestrian safety – for instance when playing children suddenly run onto the street.

Fleet targets for 2020: the future of the internal-combustion engine
Rule of thumb: The larger the vehicle, the more electrification will be required in the future.

Sub-compact class: Here, gasoline and diesel powertrains will be so efficient that their emissions will be lower than the 2020 CO2 target, even without electrification.

Compact class: Only the diesel engine will achieve the target in the compact class, but the gasoline engine will come close. In order to further reduce its CO2 emissions in this vehicle class, the gasoline engine will require a low-cost, basic hybrid solution. (see the boost recuperation system in the product highlights).

Large vehicles: Even with optimized internal-combustion engines, large vehicles will not achieve the CO2 target. By 2020, such vehicles will need to be equipped with higher-performance hybrid systems.

All vehicle classes: The natural gas powertrain emits 25 percent less CO2 than the gasoline engine. Over the past decade, it has seen 25 percent annual market growth. Bosch offers the world's smallest gas injector for automobiles, as well as the fastest temperature sensor. In Germany, the natural gas drive pays off as soon as annual mileage exceeds just 7,000 kilometers.

Electromobility: the driving experience of the future
Market of the future: At the moment, electromobility is still mainly an investment in the future, to the tune of 400 million euros a year at Bosch alone.

Complete solution: Bosch has supplied the first purely electric drive as a complete solution for the Fiat 500e. Moreover, the Bosch plug-in hybrid system is debuting in the Porsche Panamera. By the end of 2014, the company will already be working on 30 orders related to powertrain electrification.

Driving experience: While electric driving should be noiseless and comfortable, it should also provide a dynamic experience and high torque, even at low speeds. This experience is decisive. In an end-customer study conducted with Opel, customers first drove electric vehicles and were then asked about their willingness to pay. The survey found that the acceptance of additional costs increases with the size of the vehicle.

Vision Zero: the future of driver assistance
Euro NCAP: A new rating scheme for vehicle safety is set to come into force in 2014. New vehicles will receive the highest rating only if they are equipped with at least one driver assistance sensor.

Parking: In 2015, the enhanced Bosch parking assistant will go into series production. The system includes a remote control that helps maneuver the car in crowded garages. In the future, the car will be able to look for a space in parking garages on its own with the help of a 360-degree video sensor.

Stop&go: Next year, Bosch is launching a traffic assistant that keeps the vehicle in its lane in congested traffic. In the future, the system will become a traffic-jam pilot with an automated lane-change function. This will enable drivers to check their e-mail in traffic jams, for instance.

Automated driving on the freeway: The third field of development is automated driving on the freeway. This field of development includes combining adaptive cruise control with the lane-keeping assist function, with a highway pilot as the final aim. Bosch expects these electronic chauffeurs to be market-ready by the end of the decade.

Connected driving: Many of the functions of the future are only possible with car-to-car communication. For an intersection assistant to work, at least 50 percent of the vehicles in flowing traffic have to be sharing data with each other in real time.

Bosch Automotive Technology: outlook and key figures
Outlook for 2013: For 2013, Bosch expects to see its operating business grow between 3 and 5 percent. Following a modest start, business is expected pick up over the course of the year.

Gasoline direct injection: In 2012, Bosch delivered more than 5 million gasoline direct injection systems. The company expects the number to rise to more than 9 million in 2015.

Common-rail diesel injection systems: Bosch delivered over 8 million systems in 2012 and expects the number to increase 50 percent by 2015, to some 12 million.

Denoxtronic for diesel: Bosch will have delivered 5 million units of this exhaust-gas treatment system by the end of this year, and 10 million by the end of 2015.

Safety and driver assistance systems: At present, more than 5,000 Bosch engineers are working in this area. Annual sales currently amount to some five billion euros and are expected to continue growing.

Radar sensors: Bosch has been producing these sensors since 2000. Until now, the company has delivered one million sensors. Another million will follow by 2014, and the company expects to reach the ten million mark by the end of 2016.

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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.”

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