Mobility Solutions

New systems, new services, new customers: Bosch mobility solutions Presentation by Dr. Volkmar Denner,
chairman of the Bosch board of management,
at the IAA press conference
in Frankfurt on September 15, 2015

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Ladies and gentlemen,

The IAA is with us again, and our focus is on the future of the car. This future is something Bosch is delivering, and it is doing so at an ever faster pace. In battery development, we see the potential for a breakthrough soon, as I will show in a few minutes.

In fundamental terms, we are preparing for three major trends: driving is becoming electric, automated, and connected. We are making good progress in all three areas of automotive development. On this subject, Mr. Bulander will be presenting some new solutions at this booth following my remarks on our strategy.

At least in the big cities, the car will link up with other means of transport. Bosch sees this as the basis for services – a business with new customers, also outside the automotive industry. This explains why we decided to rename our Automotive Technology business sector Mobility Solutions. We want to achieve safety, convenience, and efficiency for both the car and the intermodal transport of the future.

2015: Bosch is growing despite stagnating vehicle production
But first, let’s take a look at our current business. Our growth course has continued this year as well, despite current developments in China giving us reason to be cautious. All in all, though, the Bosch Group’s performance is still at the top end of our growth expectations. The Mobility Solutions business sector is developing especially well. Its sales will likely grow by some ten percent in 2015, and by more than five percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects. We are growing, while global vehicle production will only increase marginally.

At Bosch, unit sales of important systems have again increased steeply this year: the figure for the ESP electronic stability program is 25 percent, for gasoline direct injection systems 15 percent, and for common-rail diesel injection systems ten percent. The driver assistance business is growing particularly strongly: unit sales of our radar and video sensors will again double in 2015.

The potential of mobility solutions: new customers, new services
For Bosch, mobility solutions mean new customers with growing business volume:

  • There are the new Californian players in the automotive industry – we are supplying both Google and Tesla.

  • There are the makers of two-wheelers. We are the European market leader for e-bike systems. Two years ago, we launched MSC motorcycle stability control – the world’s first ESP for motorcycles. And now, we’ve set up our own two-wheeler business unit in Yokohama.

  • There are insurance companies and vehicle-leasing companies. We are lowering the operating costs of their fleets by supplying a connectivity control unit that automatically transmits driving and servicing data to a Bosch server for evaluation. Once the data have been processed they can be used to plan servicing appointments more accurately, and thus to keep down times as short as possible. We already have five major orders in this area.

  • There are individual drivers, and not just when they visit our Bosch repair shops. For example, our Drivelog Connect mobility portal offers them a real-time analysis of their driving behavior, together with tips on how to save fuel. All they need for this is a smartphone app and an electronic connector for reading out the data from the on-board network.

  • And finally, there are the operators of traffic infrastructure. Ultimately, this means that anyone who is traveling from A to B can also be a Bosch customer. With our software solutions, we help make one-click tickets possible – for car and bike sharing, trains, and buses, for instance in the Stuttgart Services pilot project.
These examples show how much potential our mobility solutions have to offer. The new name for our business is more than an empty shell. For some time now, it has stood for new solutions that go beyond the car and focus on the entire traffic system. Moreover, it is increasingly about services as well. With our mobility services, we are opening up a new and promising area of business.

We also derive new ideas for services from the technological expertise we already have. The best example of this is our active parking lot management system. We install our web-enabled micromechanical sensors in the pavement, where they detect whether a parking space is vacant or not. This results in a real-time parking map that reduces the time spent looking for vacant parking spaces, which after all accounts for 30 percent of urban driving. The first test zones with Bosch sensor technology and software have been set up, and we will go into production before the year is out. This is a solution that helps parking garage operators utilize their capacity better.

In this services business, Bosch also benefits from its diverse industrial expertise. No other company in the automotive industry compares with us when it comes to connecting mobility with energy, building, and industrial technology. We have the broad base that allows us to develop cross-domain services as well – such as when a connected car is about to return to a connected house, or smart home. Opening the garage door, firing up the central heating or the oven – the car gets the first household chores done automatically, shortly before arriving.

The car of the future: progress on all three development paths
For Bosch, connectivity is one of the three paths developments will take toward the car of the future. It underpins the other two development paths – powertrain electrification and automated driving. We are making progress on all three paths with innovative solutions. And with our profound systems understanding, we are also creating the technological conditions for them.

The car of the future may be electrified, automated, or connected, but more than ever before it will become a computer network on wheels. Data volumes are rising rapidly, not only as vehicles exchange information with their environment, but also within the vehicle itself. The signs are that developments in the electrical and electronic architecture over the next five years will be close to revolutionary: memory capacity will at least quadruple and computing power will triple. Indeed, in some control units, it will increase as much as 20-fold. And the bandwidth for data bus systems will widen exponentially. Our objectives are clear. We want data security on every level, and we want to combine IT intelligence with the reliability of automotive engineering. To develop our mobility solutions, some 40,000 people are working in R&D, and even now, one-third of these associates are software engineers. This means that Bosch is already a software company. The importance of software will continue to grow – and with it, our need for qualified software specialists.

On a more concrete level, what are we doing in these three areas of development? Before Mr. Bulander presents a number of innovations, allow me to briefly outline this work.

  • Powertrain electrification depends crucially on further advances in battery technology. And it is here that we are taking a great leap forward. Bosch has acquired the U.S. start-up company Seeo Inc. This company has come up with a solid-state battery cell with a lithium anode – a technology that complements our joint development work with Japanese partners. Our assumption up to now has been that we will double batteries’ energy density and halve their cost by the end of this decade. Thanks to Seeo’s groundbreaking cell technology, we see the potential to achieve even greater gains in energy density. Bosch is using its knowledge and considerable financial resources to achieve a breakthrough for electromobility.

    However, it is also clear that well into the next decade, the relationship of combustion engines and electric motors will not be so much one of either-or as one of both-and. Without the diesel and its outstanding fuel economy, the EU’s ambitious climate-protection targets for 2021 cannot realistically be achieved. Indeed, by then, we will have improved its efficiency by a further 15 percent. A higher share of diesel also means less carbon dioxide – this is a formula we must not ignore, also in the context of the present debate about air quality in large cities. It is also worth noting here that the diesel has long since become a kind of vacuum cleaner, cleaning the air of particulate matter. Moreover, more diesel does not by any means have to mean more nitrogen oxides. Bosch has the technology to bring diesel nitrogen oxide emissions to an extremely low level, even in real driving conditions. And indeed, it is our development goal to comply with current standards not only at the test bench, but also on the roads.

  • Automated driving will arrive as a result of progress in driver assistance systems. For work on these systems alone, we employ some 2,000 engineers – a good 700 more than two years ago. By 2018, we want to have achieved fully automated parking. It will then be enough to drop off the car outside a parking garage. From there, the car will find a vacant space on its own. By 2020, the Bosch highway pilot will be ready for production – an electronic chauffeur that the vehicle can use to drive autonomously on freeways. We are already driving our test vehicles on U.S. and German freeways, and in the U.S. we are the first automotive supplier to have driven an automated prototype exit to exit on freeways. In collaboration with TomTom, we are developing the extremely accurate maps needed for highly automated driving.

  • But it is only when driving becomes connected that the car will also be able to see ahead – further than any sensor, and with much more up-to-date information than any map. It will even be able to see around bends, as it were. Traffic jams, accidents, and construction sites – with dynamic information such as this, we can enhance the electronic horizon. This will make automated driving even safer, and hybrid vehicles will always know when it's time to convert braking energy into electricity, thus extending their range. The car of the future will drive best when it is connected. It will also know when it needs to be serviced, thinking ahead far better than a warning lamp indicating possible faults. Even now, we are making remote, web-based diagnosis of our diesel injectors possible.
Summing up, Bosch is in a technologically strong position with its mobility solutions. This strength will allow us to shape the transition in the automotive industry. But what are the major innovations we are presenting here at the IAA? That is a question Mr. Bulander is well placed to answer, so I will now hand over to him.

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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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