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Connected trucks Connected functionality makes commercial vehicles safer and more efficient

  • Connectivity in commercial vehicles helps reduce transportation costs
  • Bosch offers web-based services
  • Bosch connectivity control units provide the technical basis for networking
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  • September 23, 2014
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The truck of the future will be connected. As early as 2016, every new long-haul commercial vehicle in Europe and the United States will be web-enabled. Connected functionality will increase efficiency, and thus reduce transportation costs. Bosch provides the technical basis for networking in the form of connectivity control units (CCU). These devices connect on-board vehicle electronics with external servers via data communication. What’s more, Bosch offers web-based telematics services to assist with things such as scheduling maintenance or monitoring valuable freight.

Optimized maintenance reduces downtime
Connectivity enables Bosch to support fleet operators in planning service intervals for their fleets. Vehicles constantly transmit operating data, such as mileage or fuel consumption, over the internet; any faults reported by the various vehicle electronic control units are also recorded. The information is encrypted and sent to a computing center for evaluation. Using this data, fleet operators can then plan maintenance and repairs in advance, which reduces unnecessary downtime.

Lower fuel consumption thanks to Eco.Logic Motion
Using an internet connection, Bosch can also update and optimize its Eco.Logic Motion system solution. On the basis of enhanced navigation data on topography or bend radii, this solution already makes it possible to develop a proactive driving strategy, which reduces fuel consumption by 5 percent on average. In the future, when dynamic, cloud-based data on speed limits and construction sites can be incorporated into speed-setting and gear-shifting strategies, fuel consumption will drop even more.

Take a safe break with secure truck parking
More safety along the logistics chain is the idea behind the Bosch secure truck parking service. Freight forwarding companies can use this service to reserve one of a current total of over 100 parking spaces in rest areas. The system also serves to deter thieves. In the future, parking spaces will have surveillance cameras, making it easier to identify numerous dangers, property damage, and theft in real time.

Trailer control unit for commercial vehicle trailers
Bosch has developed its own telematics solution specifically for commercial vehicle trailers. Using the trailer control unit, freight forwarders can track the location and condition of their freight at any time. And because the unit has its own power supply, it even works when the trailer is no longer connected to the truck. The trailer control unit delivers valuable information to the computing center, such as tire pressure or open freight-hold doors. Any deviation from planned operations is recognized immediately so that the dispatcher can react accordingly. The system also keeps constant track of the temperatures in trailers containing perishable goods.

On-board unit connects trucks with highway toll system
Since 2013, Bosch has also been supplying a new on-board unit (OBU) for the truck toll system in Germany. The unit is the essential element for automatically logging the vehicle into the German toll system. Using GPS, the OBU constantly tracks the truck’s position and, using mobile communications, transmits encrypted data at regular intervals to a computing center. A special map enables the OBU to determine the route traveled and calculate the toll amount. Bosch has greatly expanded the computing and storage capacity of the 1-DIN slot unit, which will thus be able to meet future technical requirements.

Bosch control center monitors trucking
On request, the Bosch Security Systems division can take over truck-monitoring tasks. At any time day or night, the telematics system will notify the Bosch control center of any incidents: when a vehicle deviates from its planned route, for instance, or the trailer doors are opened at an unscheduled time. Trained associates then initiate one of a number of standard operating procedures and inform the police.

eCall: faster help in emergencies
Even in the case of an accident, Bosch can use the internet to ensure safety. Moreover, its eCall system helps save lives. In the event of an accident – and only then – the emergency call system automatically sends relevant data to the Bosch emergency control center, including location, time, and direction of travel. What’s more, a voice connection is established to the accident vehicle, and the system also identifies the nearest police station or emergency services. If an eCall is made, and no contact is established with the vehicle occupants, a Bosch associate contacts the closest emergency response center directly. The advantage of the Bosch solution is that multilingual associates can communicate with those involved in the accident as well as with the local authorities. So after an accident in Spain, a German truck driver with no knowledge of the local language can communicate details about the accident or the number of injured persons directly to the Bosch emergency control center, which in turn immediately informs local emergency services.

Bosch’s flexible hardware is continuously being improved
A Bosch connectivity control unit is all that is needed for many of the services described above. One advantage of these units is that they are easy to install. Hidden in the foot well or the dashboard, the unit connects to the vehicle electrical system using the standard OBD II diagnostic connector. If a vehicle is taken out of the fleet, the device can easily be removed again. A second generation is already in development. The device is compatible with fast LTE mobile communication and open to software applications, making it ready to meet future needs.

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First and foremost, the Bosch stand (Hall 17, Stand B12) at the 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover is about efficiency. We are using smart solutions to make conventional commercial-vehicle powertrains not only cleaner, but also increasingly economical. And with technologies for alternative powertrains and fuels, Bosch has the future clearly in its sights. In addition, we show how in-vehicle and internet connectivity can help simplify logistics and make truck use even more efficient.

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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