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Robert Bosch Automotive and IBM Create Engineering Platform for Smarter, Faster and Safer Vehicle Components and Systems Continuous engineering, open standards help streamline product creation and reduce deployment hurdles

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  • May 09, 2014
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ARMONK, NY & STUTTGART, GERMANY: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Robert Bosch GmbH announced a collaborative partnership to create a new, data-driven model to more efficiently and accurately develop intelligent, interconnected automotive products. Built on open standards and IBM design tools, the continuous engineering software platform can quickly scale to thousands of partners, clients, engineers and technicians. By engaging all relevant stakeholders in the automotive supply chain and elevating the right data from them, the standards-based platform will cornerstone Bosch's long term vision for cross-industry collaboration to quickly deliver increasingly smarter and safer vehicles.

Driven by innovation in consumer electronics technology, the automotive sector is under immense evolutionary pressure. Today's vehicles are more connected than ever – containing as many as 100 computerized controllers and 10 million lines of software code. As vehicle complexity continues to rise, automotive suppliers must address pressures to reduce costs and to innovate quickly, while also managing the intense challenge of ensuring vehicle quality.

Bosch recognized this need for standards-based integration between all engineering teams and organizations in the supply chain. Additionally, an emerging generation of software engineers is increasingly demanding more transparent communication, flexibility and collaboration across the industry. By unlocking core engineering processes across teams and

development partners, the IBM platform enables Bosch to achieve a key of efficient engineering by establishing a strategic, transparent reuse approach.

“Our aim is greater agility, accelerating product innovation and delivery," said Dirk Hoheisel, Board Member at Robert Bosch GmbH. “By implementing a software and systems design platform founded on integration and reuse, we're able to improve our integration and increase development quality – setting higher safety and quality standards not only for our company, but for the industry as a whole.”

The IBM solution was selected for its ability to easily scale and become adopted by multiple disciplines and organizations across the company. Through this advantage, Bosch is able to execute its long term initiative of a standards-based platform for end-to-end efficiency and strategic reuse of engineering artifacts. As a result, the company will easily meet safety and maturity standards such as ISO26262, ASPICE, AUTOSAR and others as they continue to evolve.

"Strategic reuse and the ability to unlock engineering knowledge are core components of what IBM has coined 'Continuous Engineering'," said Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager of IBM Rational Software. "Through process advisory and automation, our design and development tools allow our automotive clients, such as Robert Bosch GmbH, to streamline product creation and eliminate deployment hurdles – enabling them to be more competitive and agile by focusing on innovation. By building our platforms on open standards, our clients can subsequently scale such tools broadly and rapidly, establishing a standard and common thread to work as one global team.”

Bosch's engineering platform is founded upon Continuous Engineering principles and built on IBM's technology for systems and software engineering. This includes IBM Rational solutions covering Requirement, Design and Quality Management, Collaboration and Engineering Lifecycle Management.

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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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