Augmented Reality applications have a great future potential
Bosch is the world’s leading platform provider for the industrialization of Augmented Reality
Applications for workshops, trainings and sales
Augmented Reality applications (AR) expand the reality in a computer-assisted manner by adding useful additional information. Using a tablet computer or a smart phone, matching explanations, pictures or videos are added to the live image once the user points the device’s camera at an area for which Augmented Reality information is available. Market researchers are convinced: Concomitant with the widespread use and growing prevalence of smart phones and tablet computers, Augmented Reality solutions will play a key role in our future lives. Bosch is a pioneer and trendsetter in terms of Augmented Reality applications for the automotive sector. At the same time, it is the first company providing a platform for the industrialization of Augmented Reality.
Software platform eases the creation of AR applications Bosch developed a platform for the creation of high-performance Augmented Reality applications. In a relatively easy and fast manner, it facilitates the integration of digital and visual contents into, for instance, technical documentations. For this purpose, the Bosch Common Augmented Reality Platform CAP is backed by a comprehensive database of which it extracts the matching contents for the respective Augmented Reality application. Besides written information and explanations in text format, video clips, pictures, safety instructions with audio clips, 3D data, circuit diagrams, technical drawings and markers for the tracking configuration can be added as well. The cross-platform system is independent from specific tracking or rendering techniques. The platform is thus designed for the industrialization of AR contents and applications allowing companies to use Augmented Reality for all sectors.
Diverse future Augmented Reality solutions for service, repair and training purposes Thanks to Augmented Reality applied in automotive workshops, the technician will see, for instance, the location of hidden components or the cable harness behind the dashboard on his tablet computer. Instructions and required special tools will then be displayed at the live image. The next work steps are thus clear and unnecessary disassembly and assembly can be avoided. By means of the touch screen, the displayed objects can be controlled and additional information can be accessed. Sophisticated and time-consuming consultation of service manuals is no longer required. Mistakes and confusion caused by different versions of the same vehicle model can be excluded. Augmented Reality eases repair processes, makes them faster and, at the same time, increases the quality of work. With the help of Augmented Reality used for trainings, sophisticated repairs and the correct handling of state-of-the-art automotive technology can be taught much easier and faster.
Every year, more than 4 000 participants make use of the range offered by the Bosch Service Training Center in Plochingen
The range of courses is updated regularly in order to adapt it to the needs of automotive workshops
Groups of a maximum of 16 participants on up to four vehicles allow effective trainings with a high amount of practical content
Plochingen/Germany – Ten years ago, the modern new building of the Bosch Service Training Center (STC) in Plochingen near Stuttgart was inaugurated. On an annual base, up to 4 000 participants from automotive workshops and trade take part in diverse Bosch trainings at the technically well-equipped training rooms and workshops. In addition, some 2 000 automotive mechanics participate in the advanced trainings wholesalers offer all over Germany on behalf of Bosch. These trainings are also coordinated by the Service Training Center.
In 2010, an extension building was added to the Service Training Center which is since used to complement the program by theoretical and practical trainings of workshop-relevant topics concerning wheels, tires and chassis. Besides the trainings at the STC in Plochingen, Bosch also offers trainings for automotive workshops in 41 Bosch Service Training Centers in 35 countries around the world.
Practical advanced vocational training with latest learning methods Throughout the last years, the demand for highly qualified cross-manufacturer advanced training has risen constantly. The Bosch Service Training Center looks back on a success story lasting for ten years already. During this time, it has constantly been enhanced. This includes the continuous expansion of the range of trainings offered by the STC – e.g. by adding truck trainings – thus complementing it by recent workshop-related topics such as latest e-learning methods as well as the alignment with the needs of both automotive workshops and participants by means of the online booking platform.
Cross-manufacturer system trainings with a lot of practical examples Highly qualified Bosch experts teach technical and workshop-oriented know-how closely linked to the daily business at the workshop. The trainings cover topics concerning vehicle systems such as injection systems or exhaust gas treatment – in a manner which is completely detached from individual vehicle makes. In addition to the theoretical part, more than half of the trainings consist of practical work on the vehicle. For this purpose, the STC has a special vehicle fleet at its hands, which includes vehicles from several manufacturers. On these vehicles, a maximum of 16 course participants can train and practice systematic troubleshooting as well as maintenance and repair tasks. For that, the trainers use realistic cases from everyday work at the workshop. The trainings in Plochingen are complemented by e-learning possibilities – such as web-based trainings, multimedia presentations or the Virtual Diagnosis Simulation – allowing the participants to further deepen the theoretical knowledge at home.
Range of trainings is updated continuously In 2015, new trainings such as motorcycle technology with Bosch Esitronic Bike, CP4 testing and maintenance as well as high-voltage technology were included in the program offered. The range also contains commercial trainings – for instance, for sales of passenger-car tires and services to end consumers –and trainings concerning customer communication for complaint management. Including Bosch vehicle technician for high-voltage technology, a recent apprenticeship series was also integrated into the program. In addition, during the anniversary year, there is also a new multimedia presentation about diagnostic systems in Mercedes vehicles on the example of a Class A Mercedes. The complete range of courses and the online registration for the respective trainings are available online at https://www.automotive-campus.com