Mobility Solutions

Safer, more efficient, and more relaxed mobility Bosch is making the car an active part of the internet

  • Comprehensive connectivity expertise for the car - and beyond
  • A wide range of solutions for corporate and private customers
  • Connectivity is the key to electrified and automated driving
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  • September 10, 2015
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Frankfurt/Stuttgart, Germany – These days, we could hardly conceive of life without the internet – and soon that will be true of internet in the car as well. “Connectivity is the key to electrified and automated driving – and to lots more besides,” says the Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel. “Connected vehicles are safer and more efficient, and make life easier.” In the future, online connectivity will mean that drivers have access to information about things such as congestion, accidents, and wrong-way drivers, as well as on where to find free parking spots and charge spots – which they can reserve and pay for straight away. Cars are also turning into multimedia centers as Bosch facilitates continuous access to online music services, social networking sites, and a wide range of smartphone apps.

Like few other suppliers of technology and services worldwide, Bosch is excellently positioned to exploit the possibilities of the internet of things. For example, Bosch is developing connected solutions for smart homes, energy supply, industry – and of course mobility. This lays the groundwork for innovative solutions: in one current test scenario, for instance, the car's navigation system is used to automatically turn up the heating at home shortly before the vehicle arrives.

Connectivity is the prerequisite for electrification and automation
Bosch expects that as many as 15 percent of all new vehicles will have an electric motor in addition to a combustion engine by 2025. It also expects to see highly automated driving on freeways soon after 2020. Both trends rely heavily on connected solutions. For example, the Bosch Group's software and systems unit has developed an app that makes it significantly easier to find the charge spots of different providers and pay for the electricity. Up to now, doing this would have required a different customer card for each provider. Now all drivers need is a smartphone, the app, and a PayPal account. Receiving real-time traffic information also enables a connected electronic horizon function, which tells connected vehicles what to expect around the next few bends. This helps hybrid and electric vehicles make better use of the recuperation function and thus increase their range. In addition, navigation systems can optimize route planning. The information also contributes to vehicle safety. For instance, if several vehicles report an intervention from the ESP system at the same point, the system can refer to the weather data and conclude there is black ice present, warning the drivers following on behind. What's more, information about things such as speed limits, temporary construction sites, or the location of a traffic jam allows automated vehicles to anticipate events and ease off the gas in plenty of time. This makes for a more relaxed and efficient driving experience. For Hoheisel, there is no doubt that “connected cars have the edge.”

Using a smartphone or connectivity control unit to access the internet
To connect the car with the internet, Bosch pursues two main approaches. First of all, the driver's smartphone can be used. MySPIN is an integrated solution that allows Android and iOS devices to link up to vehicles' infotainment systems. An array of apps can then be conveniently operated from the vehicle's central display. Second, Bosch offers the connectivity control unit (CCU) as a command center within the vehicle. The CCU receives and transmits information using a wireless module equipped with a SIM card. It can also determine the vehicle's position using GPS if desired. It is available both as original equipment and as a retrofit solution which can be connected up to the vehicle's electrical system via the on-board diagnosis (OBD) interface. The CCU sends vehicle operating data to a cloud server, unlocking a variety of potential services. This is a perfect application for the Bosch IoT Suite software platform provided by the Bosch Software Innovations subsidiary. The Bosch IoT Suite unites devices, users, and companies to make it as easy as possible to offer attractive services – including Bosch services.

Solutions for business customers cut servicing costs and times
Connected fleet management is a service aimed at fleet operators. The solution uses the CCU to securely transmit journey and service data to Bosch servers for analysis. Companies can use the collected data to help plan operations, lease agreements, and service and repair visits with more precision. This cuts operating costs and reduces time out of service. In the future, Bosch will put augmented reality to use in workshops, enabling a sort of X-ray under the hood. When a repair-garage worker takes a tablet computer and holds it under the hood, the tablet's camera image is overlaid with comprehensive additional information and repair instructions for precisely the area being displayed. The mechanic can manipulate the overlaid objects via the touchscreen and call up additional information. This makes poring through service handbooks a thing of the past. A Bosch server provides all the detailed data online.

Smartphones provide the basis: Drivelog Connect and wrong-way driver alert
Drivelog Connect, provided by the Drivelog mobility portal, is a connectivity solution that is also suitable for older cars. All it requires is a compact wireless module, or “dongle,” and a smartphone app. It can then offer tips on how to drive more economically, present error codes in an easily understandable form, and contact a towing service and garage in the event of a breakdown. And finally, a digital logbook helps company car drivers with their bookkeeping.

In Germany alone, radio stations broadcast some 2,000 warnings about wrong-way drivers on the country's freeways every year. Nearly a third of such incidents end – fatally, in the worst case – before the vehicle has traveled just 500 meters. However, it takes several minutes for warnings to be broadcast over the radio, by which time it is too late. Bosch is developing a new cloud-based wrong-way driver alert system, which will be able to warn drivers within ten seconds or so. As a pure software module, it can be inexpensively integrated into existing infotainment systems or apps. To detect wrong-way driving, the cloud-based function compares the vehicle's actual movements with the permitted direction of travel. Information about this is stored in a web-based database. If the two sets of information clash, both the wrong-way driver and oncoming cars are alerted. The function will be available as soon as 2016.

Connected components permit predictive diagnostics
Bosch is increasingly drawing on “Industry 4.0” techniques in developing and manufacturing its products. The goal is to connect each component so that it can seamlessly communicate manufacturing, test, and operating data about itself. This is opening up new possibilities: to take a current example from preventive diagnostics, it is already possible to use a connectivity control unit to gather operating data from a diesel injector throughout its service life and reconstruct its operation online from the cloud. If the data indicate signs of wear or a change in operating conditions, a modified version of the operating map can be automatically released, again online. It is also possible to immediately arrange a service visit and order a replacement part if the customer so desires. These analytical data are also an important source of information for the development of future product generations and for optimizing the manufacturing process.

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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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