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Bosch compact Bosch automotive technology at the IAA 2013 From products such as the iBooster to advances in electromobility and highly-automated vehicles

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  • September 10, 2013
  • Mobility Solutions
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Technical highlights: eClutch, iBooster, stereo video camera
eClutch: In the future, the Bosch eClutch will allow drivers using a manual transmission to use first gear without engaging the clutch in stop-and-go traffic. The electronically controlled clutch actuation system closes the gap between automatic and manual shifting systems. Moreover, the eClutch enables coasting, which lowers fuel consumption. Independently of the driver, the clutch decouples the engine from the transmission if the driver is no longer accelerating. The engine then stops. The result is an average real fuel savings of 10 percent.

iBooster: The electronically controlled brake booster can operate without any vacuum from the internal combustion engine and remains active during electric driving. Depending on vehicle design, the iBooster can increase the range of electric vehicles by up to 20 percent. Moreover, it builds up braking pressure three times faster than conventional pumps. At speeds of 30 kilometers per hour, this can shorten braking distances by up to 1.5 meters. With ESP®, automatic emergency braking can prevent a third of all frontal collisions with pedestrians. With iBooster, up to half of these collisions can be prevented.

Electronic horizon: Bosch is enhancing the start-stop system to make it a coasting assistant. To this end, the navigation function is used as a sensor that warns drivers of upcoming bends in the road and town limits. On highways, this systems networking will lead to fuel savings of up to 15 percent in real driving conditions. Not only will this result in lower fuel costs, it will also reduce CO2 emissions.

Boost recuperation system: This is Bosch’s entry-level hybrid system for the mid-size segment. The generator is the system's core element. Thanks to its higher voltage, it provides the basis for the new 48-volt vehicle electrical systems. The system has several benefits: first, it reduces fuel consumption during coasting. Second, thanks to its higher performance, the system makes far better use of regenerative braking than conventional generators. This results in fuel savings of up to 7 percent.

CUE entertainment system: Bosch has developed a driver information system for General Motors that can be controlled by natural voice input – drivers can speak as freely as they would with other passengers in the car. Cadillac was the first to equip its vehicles with the system.

TFT displays: Bosch is the market leader in the area of freely programmable instrument clusters. For premium vehicle models, Bosch has developed the TFT display, which is based on state of the art display technology. Here, Bosch offers a modular building block system, which means that TFT can be adapted to a wide range of requirements.

Stereo video camera: In 2014, Bosch will be starting series production of a stereo video camera. One single sensor will be able to trigger automatic emergency braking for pedestrian safety – for instance when playing children suddenly run into the street.

Products and strategies on the road to purely electric driving
The internal combustion engine: On the road to purely electric driving, the further technical development of gasoline and diesel engines will remain significant. Here, there is fuel savings potential of an additional 20 percent, even over 2012. Thanks to efficiency technology, the strict CO2 emissions standards expected to come into force in the EU in 2020 can be met with varying levels of electrification, depending on the vehicle class.

Hybrid drive system: In the realm of powertrain electrification, Bosch has developed a broad range of technologies. For instance, Bosch has adapted its boost recuperation system for mid-sized vehicles. The system features a 48-volt generator and a compact lithium-ion battery. In addition to this, Bosch has gone one step further with hydraulic, strong, and plug-in hybrids. The Porsche Panamera with Bosch plug-in hybrid technology will be presented at the IAA 2013. Such vehicles spark the enthusiasm of car buyers and can promote the market's further development.

The electric drive: With the Fiat 500e, Chrysler has used Bosch components in the series production of a purely electric vehicle. By the end of 2014, the company will already be working on 30 orders related to powertrain electrification. While these projects are not immediately intended for the mass market, they are paving the way for it, also in emotional terms. They represent a new kind of driving experience, one that is quiet and enables rapid acceleration, particularly at low rpms.

Market developments: “Electromobility is currently still a niche business, but after 2020 it could very well become a mass market. I expect that by 2020, electric cars will have a range of at least 300 kilometers.”
(Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH)

Battery development: Bosch aims to cut the cost of lithium-ion batteries by at least half, and to at least double their energy intensity. These are two of the main reasons why Bosch has entered into a joint venture with two Japanese partners, GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi. Subject to the approval of antitrust authorities, the potential partners aim to combine their electronics and sensor technology expertise with their cell chemistry know-how.

Business models: E-mobility goes far beyond the traditional product business. With components for e-bikes and e-scooters, Bosch supports multi-modal transport concepts in urban centers. Its subsidiary Bosch Software Innovations is developing an infrastructure for such initiatives. For example, the system enables e-roaming, which allows vehicles to use the charge spots of different providers. The company has developed such a software platform for Berliner Hubject GmbH, a consortium of automotive and energy companies. In addition, Bosch Software Innovations offers the corresponding starter package for charge spot operators.

Driver assistance: on the path to fully-automated driving
Market opportunities: In the coming years, the market for driver assistance systems is expected to grow by more than 20 percent per year. At Bosch, more than 5,000 engineers worldwide are working in the area of safety and driver assistance systems. In 2012, the automotive supplier generated more than five billion euros in sales with such systems. In order to achieve the highest possible rating of five stars, Euro NCAP stipulates that vehicles will require driver assistance features in the future. From 2014 onward, at least one assistance function will be mandatory. And starting in 2016, vehicles will require a predictive pedestrian protection feature. This will give rise to new growth opportunities.

Motivation: Making accident-free driving reality will include achieving the goal of automated driving. Today, more than 90 percent of traffic accidents are the result of human error, and accidents around the world cause 1.3 million deaths each year. Reducing the number of accidents is a major focus of Bosch research. For instance, if all vehicles were equipped with an automatic emergency braking system, up to 72 percent of rear-end collisions resulting in injury could be prevented.

Product portfolio: Bosch either currently offers the following functions, or plans to do so in the near future: driver drowsiness detection, predictive emergency braking, a lane-keeping assistance function, an approaching vehicle warning, a construction site assistant, and predictive pedestrian protection.

Traffic jam assistant: Today, drivers must be able to concentrate when at the wheel in traffic jams. In 2014, Bosch will launch a traffic jam assistant that keeps the vehicle in its lane in congested traffic by way of steering intervention. In the future, the system will become a traffic jam pilot with an automated lane-change function.

Parking assistant: Long searches for parking spots and difficult parking maneuvers will soon be a thing of the past. In 2015, Bosch will be launching an expanded parking assistant. The system will include 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 structures on its own with the help of a 360-degree video sensor.

Highly-automated driving: The future of automated driving on the freeway has taken a clear direction. This field of development includes combining adaptive cruise control with the lane-keeping assistance function. By the end of this decade, a highway pilot will be available. The more ambitious the safety functions of the future will be, the greater the need for car-to-car communication and data transfer in real time.

Connected driving: safer and more convenient
Connectivity Control Unit (CCU): In connection with vehicle condition monitoring, a CCU paves the way for new Bosch services for fleet operators, such as timely error analysis and targeted maintenance. A major leasing company will be the first to use CCU in 2014.

Drivelog: This platform provides drivers with a digital overview of all vehicle-related costs and service offers. The online portal already counts almost 250,000 visitors each month. And this number could increase very soon: starting now, all members of the German motor club ADAC can use selected Drivelog functions.

mySPIN: This new Bosch solution aims to integrate smartphones into the vehicle. In other words, this technology safely brings the internet into the car. Via mySPIN, smartphone apps appear on the central console's display.

Bosch at the IAA 2013
Bosch Automotive Technology gains momentum:
five percent more growth,
around six percent return

The future of driving:
electric, automated, connected

Presentation by Dr. Volkmar Denner,
Chairman of the Bosch Board of Management

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At the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Bosch is showcasing technical solutions for connected mobility. A variety of innovations are helping to make road traffic cleaner and more efficient, as well as safer and more comfortable. Bosch is exhibiting its highlights at booth A04 in hall 8.

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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