Bosch is seeking driver assistance apps designed for the mySPIN smartphone integration solution – ones that drivers can use safely and conveniently on vehicle displays
Some 30 independent software developers and designers taking part this weekend in Berlin
First Bosch event of its kind in Germany
Stuttgart/Berlin – On October 18 and 19, 2014, Bosch will host its first hackathon in Germany. Some 30 independent software developers, designers, and innovative web users will converge on the Rainmaking Loft in Berlin for the event. They have been invited to develop innovative apps for Bosch's mySPIN software. mySPIN makes it very easy to integrate smartphones into a car's infotainment system – good news for drivers, as it is much handier and safer to use apps on vehicles' own screens and control systems. A panel of judges will award prizes for the best new apps immediately after the final presentation on Sunday. Reports and discussions relating to the Bosch hackathon will be posted on Twitter and Facebook during and after the event. The hashtag is #BoschHackathon.
Exclusive access to Bosch software package Bosch is using the Berlin hackathon to explore new approaches to connected driving and end-customer orientation. “This hackathon is an excellent opportunity for us to tap into the potential of creative ideas outside the company,” says Torsten Mlasko, general manager of Bosch SoftTech GmbH. Bosch will be giving the external software developers exclusive access to the developer package for its mySPIN solution. Over two days, the software developers participating will work in small project teams, using this data to develop creative ideas and initial prototypes for new mySPIN apps. “The way our software package is designed means it offers app developers a quick and uncomplicated means of transferring their applications to the vehicle – it's what makes our software so special,” Mlasko says.
Reaching out to digital target groups At the same time, the event in Berlin is a way for Bosch to reach new digital target groups in a creative and interactive environment. “By organizing the Bosch hackathon, we're deliberately seeking to cultivate our communication with digital target groups,” explains Martin Gansert. In his work as social media manager in Bosch corporate communications, he is responsible for blogger relations. “Alongside classic press events and blogger gatherings, a hackathon allows us to work closely together with social media influencers,” Gansert says.
mySPIN – Bosch's smartphone integration solution mySPIN is capable of integrating iOS and Android smartphone apps into vehicles. All compatible apps that are saved on a smartphone can be displayed and controlled on the screen in the vehicle. The way apps appear and are controlled via the vehicle display is adapted to the respective driving situation, and the smartphone itself is controlled using the vehicle's touch screen. By integrating the smartphone and all relevant apps into their vehicles, automakers can offer their customers an attractive range of always up-to-date services.
Apps are what drives mySPIN A variety of popular applications are already available for Bosch's mySPIN solution, including media player, maps, calendar, and contacts apps. However, further well-known apps such as Parkopedia, Stitcher, News OnBoard, hotelseeker, eventseeker, and cityseeker can also be used at any time. And now, following their recent introduction at the Paris Motor Show, Rivet News Radio, Audiobooks, and Newsbeat have also been added as new app partners for mySPIN. This enables drivers with a compatible GPS app to benefit from all kinds of useful assistance. For example, while driving the fastest route to the next appointment in their personal calendar, they might listen to their favorite tunes on internet radio and find a suitable hotel room.
“Apps are the lifeblood of mySPIN, and more of them will be added all the time,” Mlasko says. After all, the technical hurdles for new applications are low, and Bosch provides software development kits for this purpose. Automakers are able to specify the individual apps that can be used in a vehicle and update this list flexibly whenever needed. Vehicles manufactured by Jaguar and Land Rover are already available with Bosch's smartphone integration, which can be used worldwide.
Attractive prizes up for grabs On October 19, a panel of five judges will conclude the inaugural Bosch hackathon by awarding prizes to the best ideas and practical app solutions. Among the attractive prizes are a weekend in London, a Bosch e-bike weekend, and vouchers for Bosch products. The judges will be Nicole Y. Männl, car blogger at “auto-diva.de”; Ludovic Privat, co-founder and editor of the GPS Business News portal; Morten Faust, head of product development at the software company Aupeo!; Dietmar Meister, head of smartphone and cloud solutions at Bosch SoftTech GmbH; and Carolin Tolksdorf from Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH.
What is a hackathon? A hackathon is an event in which programmers, software developers, designers, and project managers work closely together to develop software in a team. Hackathons usually last between one and seven days, and the goal is generally to develop new software for a defined purpose. The term “hackathon” is a combination of the words “hack” and “marathon.” In this context, “hack” effectively means playful, exploratory programming. The hackathon phenomenon has spread widely since the middle of the last decade. Hackathons are used by companies and venture capital firms as an agile way of quickly developing innovative software-based technologies.
MSC motorcycle stability control can help in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents occurring in bends due to rider error
Marked trend toward safety technology in motorbikes
Award presented jointly by Automobil Produktion, VDA, and CLEPA
Brussels – At the so-called “Dinner for Winner” event, the innovative Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control was ranked the second most innovative technology in the “safety” category. By constantly adapting the rider’s braking and acceleration commands to the actual road surface and lean angle, MSC offers motorcyclists the best possible support. Summing up the benefits of the system at the award ceremony in Brussels on October 7, 2014, Gerhard Steiger, the president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division, said: “For motorcyclists, the result is an unprecedented combination of dynamism and safety.”
The judges – renowned automotive experts – were especially impressed by the comprehensive support that the system provides in nearly every riding situation. “MSC offers the same degree of sensitivity as ESP does in the car,” Steiger said. “The system counteracts any risk of wheel slip or wheel spin in the bud.” MSC improves safety when braking and accelerating, even if the rider is leaning into a bend. The system computes the optimum distribution of braking force between the two wheels. Moreover, many other functions can be added to it, such as drag torque control and a hill hold control.
MSC is based on the antilock braking system, and features an additional lean-angle sensor. In production bikes, the system first featured in KTM’s 1190 Adventure and Adventure R models at the end of 2013. And only recently, at the end of September, it was confirmed that the system would be installed in the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure. According to analyses of the GIDAS accident database, MSC motorcycle stability control can help in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents occurring in bends due to rider error.
At the annual so-called “Dinner for Winner” event, awards for innovative technologies are presented in three categories. The awards are presented by the German trade journal Automobil Produktion, the German association of the automotive industry (VDA), and the European association of automotive suppliers (CLEPA).
Save money when refueling at filling stations in Germany
Choose your preferred strategy for refueling
Overview of your savings at a glance
Available in the Google Play Store for Android smartphones
Drivers using the new Fuel Saver App from Bosch SoftTec GmbH can customize settings to help them to save money when refueling their vehicles at filling stations in Germany. The app offers drivers three different strategies – Thrift Driver, Time Watcher, or Money Collector – to choose from, depending on their own time preferences and money-saving goals. Based on information acquired from the vehicle’s fuel gage, the Fuel Saver App determines which filling station along or near the chosen route has the best price.
Vehicle connection via OBD Bluetooth® adapter The app can be used in any vehicle which provides fuel gage information via onboard diagnostics (OBD). All that is required is an OBD Bluetooth® adapter (available separately) connected to the vehicle and the Fuel Saver App. The app checks for the vehicle’s compatibility with the OBD interface and activates the Fuel Saver function.
Various driving strategies: Thrift Driver, Time Watcher, Money Collector The Thrift Driver strategy emphasizes refueling at the lowest cost. However, the Thrift Driver’s willingness to take a detour only for the sake of the best price is not unlimited. So-called Time Watchers would like to save money, but also want to reach their destinations quickly and will accept only a short detour. Saving money is the Money Collectors' overriding priority, so they are prepared to make a more substantial detour to a filling station with lower prices.
Convenient navigation to the chosen filling station Once the app has located the filling station which best meets the selected criteria, the pre-installed basic navigation of the smartphone is launched. If there are changes in the route or fuel prices, the app, accessing the data of all German filling stations, conducts a search at regular intervals to identify a different filling station. Yet another feature is the calculation of total savings and visualization of the results at a glance so that drivers are given a feeling for how much they have saved on all driven routes.
If drivers want nothing more than an overview of current fuel prices at filling stations in Germany without the attendant calculation of a route, they can use the app’s so-called "Surroundings Radar" showing the available prices.
The Fuel Saver App and additional details are available immediately in the Google Play Store for smartphones running Android 4.0 or later.
Bosch SoftTec GmbH, which was first formed in July 2011, is headquartered in Hildesheim and is a subsidiary of Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH. On the basis of decades of experience in the field of Car Infotainment and automotive software, a small team of specialists at Bosch SoftTec develops new product solutions in the segments for automotive software, connected services, cloud and smartphone applications.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). 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 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is "Invented for life."
Trend toward safety features continues undiminished
ABS can prevent a quarter of all motorcycling casualties
MSC motorcycle stability control can help in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents occurring in bends due to rider error
New KTM 1290 Super Adventure features Bosch MSC as standard
Performance and handling are not the only outstanding features of new motorcycle models. “The trend toward more safety features also continues undiminished,” says Gerhard Steiger, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division. Over the past six years, the share of bikes equipped with an ABS antilock braking system has risen 600 percent. “Now, every third motorcycle made in Europe has ABS on board,” Steiger says. At present, MSC motorcycle stability control offers bikers the best possible safety. At the end of 2013, Bosch was the first– and so far only –supplier to start production of this safety system. “Like ESP in cars, MSC offers the best possible support for every situation, whether braking or accelerating, and even when the rider is leaning over at a steep angle,” Steiger says.
Clear evidence of the benefit of these safety systems is provided by GIDAS, the German In-Depth Accident Study. ABS can already prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents involving casualties. Further GIDAS analyses show that MSC can help in two-thirds of the motorcycle accidents that occur in bends due to rider error.
Following its multiple award-winning 1190 Adventure and Adventure R, the Austrian manufacturer KTM is now offering this system in its recently debuted 1290 Super Adventure. For the first time, it will also be available with innovative optional features: hill hold control and a lean angle-dependent drag torque control.
Bosch MSC offers a new dimension of safety MSC motorcycle stability control currently offers the best possible safety for motorcyclists. Technically, the system is based on a Bosch ABS, plus an electronic composite brake function. All the rider has to do is apply the front or back brake. The system automatically applies the second brake, ensuring that the best possible braking force is applied to each wheel. An additional lean-angle sensor measures the actual lean of the motorcycle, allowing the system to instantaneously adjust its electronic braking and acceleration interventions to suit the current riding status. In this way, it provides the best possible support in bends. Given that nearly every second fatal motorcycle accident happens in a bend, this is especially important. Precise regulation offers a smooth progression in brake pressure as the rider leans in for the corner, as well as boosting deceleration on the straight. And by analyzing tilt rate and linear acceleration, the system can tell sooner when the front or rear wheel is about to lift off, allowing MSC to intervene with a corrective action. Brake force is distributed flexibly and fast between the front and rear wheel according to the driving situation, ensuring the safest and best possible deceleration.
MSC and more in the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure A number of additional functions make the 1290 Super Adventure stand out from its predecessor, the 1190 Adventure. As a new standard feature, the composite function in the MSC adjusts the distribution of brake force between front and rear wheel to the linear gradient of the road. When riding uphill, for example, the rear wheel is braked more than on a level stretch, since it can transfer more braking force in such a situation. A hill hold control and drag torque control are also available as options. Hill hold control automatically maintains brake pressure, even when the rider releases the hand and foot brakes. The brake is not opened until the rider has opened the throttle and engaged the clutch. There is no longer any juggling of clutch, brakes, and throttle, which is especially tricky during hill starts. For its part, the drag torque control counteracts the critical situations that arise when drive torque suddenly increases or drops. In such cases, the driven wheel can lose traction and start to skid. This can happen when engine braking torque is too high – when changing to a lower gear too soon, for example – or when the rider suddenly lets go of the throttle on a slippery road surface. MSC detects the lean angle and the risk of traction loss, and instantly computes the best possible values for acceleration and braking. This provides a considerable boost to safety in such situations.
From ABS light to MSC – a solution for every class of motorcycle Having taken a modular approach, Bosch can offer an ABS to suit any type of motorized two-wheeler that features a hydraulic brake system. The portfolio ranges from a single hydraulic brake channel to control the front wheel, to a dual-channel system, to the top-of-the-line ABS 9 enhanced, featuring an eCBS (electronic combined brake system) function. In the latter case, all the rider has to do is apply one of the brakes, front or rear. ABS 9 enhanced then automatically activates the second brake to bring the optimum brake force to bear on both wheels.