“SplitView” display presents two different programs
Viewing angle determines what is seen
Space required remains the same
Bosch is currently the only supplier of this screen technology in the European automotive OEM business
The “SplitView” display developed in cooperation by Mercedes-Benz and Bosch for the Mercedes E Class models provides additional functionality and more infotainment convenience in the vehicle. This makes it possible to display two different programs on one monitor, whereby it’s the viewing angle that determines which of the two programs can be seen on the display. The driver, for example, can track the visual navigation information, while the front-seat passenger can choose a different entertainment program – i.e. watch video films, look at the playlist for the iPod or at the radio menu on the same screen. In other words, two different programs run on a single monitor. If desired, the front-seat passenger can use headphones to listen to the sound of an entertainment program, for example, without disturbing the driver. The display can also be optionally operated in single mode so that the driver and the front-seat passenger see the same screen.
Images shown at the same time The “SplitView” monitor consists of a backlit color active-matrix display (TFT-LCD: Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Display) and a special mask that is laid over the liquid crystal layer. The images for the viewing angle from the right and the left are shown at the same time, but are specifically distributed on adjacent pixel columns. Depending on the viewing angle, the mask shows only those pixel columns that make up the right or the left picture. As a result, the viewer sees an image composed of every second pixel so that the horizontal display resolution is cut in half. A patented software algorithm is the guarantee for a brilliant picture whatever the viewing angle.
Two programs on one monitor “SplitView” from Bosch offers double functionality where only a single display was available to date. This eliminates the need to install a second monitor in the vehicle, which would prove difficult in most cases anyway as far as space and safety are concerned; the “SplitView” unit takes up no more space than a conventional monitor.
In addition to the innovative, optionally available “SplitView” technology, Bosch also supplies the new E Class with automotive technology for gasoline and diesel engines, with energy-efficient start/stop technology and with ESP, the Electronic Stability Program.
New vehicle units for use in the German truck toll system
Integral part of the automatic accounting process
Connectivity platform with significantly extended computing and memory capacity
Bosch now supplies a new generation of on-board units (OBU) for the satellite-based truck toll system in Germany. The new units calculate the toll for trucks with a total weight of more than twelve tons on some 13,000 kilometers of German autobahns and another 1,000 kilometers of four-lane national highways. They have been in operation since January 2013 and are gradually replacing older toll unit models. Thus, over the coming three years, the stock of vehicle units will be modernized and adapted to the market demand expected in the future. Some 26,000 units have been installed in heavy goods vehicles since the beginning of the year.
The new on-board unit is based on a high-powered connectivity platform recently developed by the Bosch Car Multimedia division with an integrated satellite-supported locating function and GSM mobile communication. The new 1-DIN slot units have been equipped with significantly greater computing and memory capacity, which will also be able to meet the technical requirements of the future.
The on-board unit integrated into the vehicle is the key element in the automatic log-in process. With the help of GPS satellite signals (Global Positioning System) and other sensors, it determines the current position of the vehicle, uses a special map to identify the route sections traveled, calculates the amount of the toll and supplies this data in encrypted form to a computing center via mobile communications at regular intervals.
The Bosch Car Multimedia division has already been supplying innovative solutions for telematics systems in commercial vehicles for more than ten years. This includes modern applications for the fleet management of trucks and trailers as well as systems for online vehicle diagnosis and the administration of large vehicle fleets. Electronic toll collection can now be added to this range of services.
Search for and find additional local points of interest
New map material can be downloaded free of charge and used offline
With the current 1.7 update, the Bosch navigation system for the iPhone offers revised and new navigation data along with the convenient new “local search” function. The updated Navteq navigation map includes Germany, Austria and Switzerland (“D-A-CH”) as well as the interconnecting European road network. “With this latest update, we are making the new data and functions available to our existing customers free of charge,” explained Dietmar Meister, head of Smartphone Solutions at Bosch SoftTec GmbH. “And, as always, we have incorporated the very useful feedback we received from our users to adapt the navigation system to customer expectations even better and to work on future product upgrades."
In addition, users can now also take advantage of the “local search” function to find points of interest that are not included in the map material, a new function that is integrated seamlessly into the menu to offer the perfect extension to the existing POIs in the Bosch navigation system.
“flinc” ride-sharing service and curve warning assistant In addition to the 3D-artMap with the easily recognizable landmarks, the curve warning assistant, speed warning system and INRIX traffic jam information, it is the integration of the “flinc” ride-sharing service in particular that has been very well received by the users: an intelligent way to save money, find passengers traveling to the same destination and share fuel costs.
There are also other Bosch navigation products available in the app store for France, the Iberian peninsula, Italy, the United Kingdom, the BeNeLux states and Scandinavia.
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, active in the fields of automotive technology, energy and building technology, industrial technology, and consumer goods. According to preliminary figures, more than 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.3 billion euros in 2012. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 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. Bosch spent some 4.5 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for over 4,700 patents worldwide. 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."
Cadillac User Experience (CUE) combines entertainment, navigation, communication and operating functions in a single electronic unit
World's first driver information system from Bosch with an open-source operating system Linux
Mobile Linux - customized for in-vehicle applications
Pre-installed apps as in modern notebooks and smartphones
It's definitely the apps that make modern smartphones and tablet PCs so interesting. “Apps” stands for applications – the countless number of useful software packages that connect people on the go with information and communication on the internet. Since the invention of the smartphone, many thousands of these apps have already been developed worldwide. They can be easily downloaded for free or for a small fee from the internet.
While these handy little helpers ran exclusively on Apple and Android devices so far, Bosch wants to open up this special world to car drivers as well in the future. “With our new head unit for General Motors, we will connect the car driver to the internet world in a way that is adapted to the special environment in the automobile,” comments Dr. Uwe Thomas, President of the Car Multimedia division at Bosch. This new technology is based on the extensive experience in vehicle technology of the world's largest supplier for the automotive industry. “Another highlight is the device's easy operation using natural voice input,” continues Thomas.
Central unit for entertainment, information, communication and operation The car driver uses the head unit in GM vehicles to control the audio and video systems, any players connected via USB or Bluetooth®, smartphones, special vehicle emergency call systems like OnStar, telematics services, radio reception via AM, FM, Sirius XM satellite Radio, DAB or Pandora® internet radio, video-based parking systems as well as the vehicle navigation, and last but not least, climate control. In short: all the infotainment and operating systems in a vehicle you can imagine. In addition, the head unit also allows communication between the different systems with one another – without the driver having to take any action. It affords more information, more convenience and relieves the driver of many otherwise tedious activities. This is what the experts at Bosch call “Driving Convenience”.
Bosch puts the car onto the internet “With 'CUE' – Cadillac User Experience – General Motors and Bosch have joined forces to make a new basis for automotive infotainment systems ready for series production,” explains Uwe Thomas. CUE is the world's first driver information system to work with an open-source operating system, a mobile Linux software platform that basically opens the driver information system to the ideas of qualified software developers and taps into an enormous world of programs like those that are employed today by users of modern tablet PCs and smartphones.
At the same time, Bosch is also closing a gap between the short-lived, attractive world of the apps and the long product lifecycles that are typical of and necessary for the safety-conscious automotive industry. “The mobile open-source platform from Bosch will become the bridge between the highly reliable automotive technology and the very fast-paced software world for mobile and multimedia communication,” explains Uwe Thomas. This means that the driver will be able to customize many of the car's operating functions to suit individually changing needs in the future – and also keep the infotainment system “forever young” well after the purchase of the car. Even used-car purchasers will be able to benefit from this situation at a later date.
Carmakers can now also take advantage of these individualized functions: the latest software updates can be easily uploaded into the vehicle system directly before delivery or even when the car is already at the car dealer's to accommodate specific customer requests, for example, to meet the needs of different markets or to load important updates or include the latest refinements.
Bosch develops and supplies the head unit, i.e. the central operating device, for a number of different General Motors car models. Meanwhile the 2013 models of the Cadillac XTS, SRX and ATS will be equipped with it on the North American market. The head unit is developing into the platform for the entire model range of General Motors.
CUE combines many different infotainment functions The CUE operating concept is based on the automotive know-how of General Motors and Bosch, the experts on the sensitive interface between man and technology. CUE is designed to relieve the stress and strain on the driver, to provide information and entertainment and to afford greater convenience while at the same time avoiding any distraction from the actual task of operating the vehicle. The driver uses either the touch screen, a central operating panel, the steering wheel remote control or natural voice input to control the different functions for audio, video, navigation, communication or the vehicle's convenience technologies.
The technology communicates with the driver via a freely programmable instrument cluster, different color displays or voice output using the audio system. This is all controlled using the head unit from Bosch. In the premium version, it works with a 3-core processor and is equipped with a 32 GB flash memory and 1 GB of RAM.
Just give the word Natural voice input is just one of the many sophisticated functions of this new head unit. Up until now, it was necessary for the driver to memorize a specific string of commands to operate the system. In contrast, CUE is able to understand the driver when s/he speaks as if s/he were talking to someone sitting on the passenger seat. The sentence “Please call David Smith at the office” tells the head unit what it has to do: look for telephone numbers for David Smith, select the office number, forward the number to the cell phone, activate the hands-free function and dial the number – all in just seconds. The CUE voice control even understands the driver when s/he speaks German, for example, instead of US American English, or even a dialect.
Or the driver wants to play a special song from the 5 000 songs recorded on the iPhone. While finding that one special song used to be difficult and sometimes even dangerous in traffic, now all that's needed is the sentence “Play Pink Floyd >>Speak to me<< for me” and CUE finds the song on the iPhone, switches the audio system on and the sounds of Pink Floyd fill the car. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Natural voice input makes operation easier than ever before Thanks to this type of voice control, the Bosch developers have been successful in making life considerably easier for car drivers. CUE also avoids providing any unnecessary information as long as its services are not required. It reduces the information shown on the displays to a minimum and keeps it neatly hidden behind the smart design. CUE then promptly comes back to life when someone moves their hand towards the operating panel. Operation is incredibly simple; any driver who knows how to operate a smartphone or tablet PC will be able to use the CUE multi-touch operating screen intuitively. The screen is operated with such finger gestures as pressing, pulling apart, pushing and others – the experts describe these features as press, drag, nudge, fling, swipe and hold, spread and pinch. The driver gets noticeable feedback for any input from a slight mechanical impulse from the operating unit.
Wide range of interfaces CUE is able to accommodate a wide variety of different communication options with external devices and media: up to ten parallel connections via Bluetooth 3.0 and USB interfaces, iPod and iPhone connectivity, an SD card slot, Bluetooth connection for mobile telephony with voice control, hands-free operation with noise suppression and the ability to read, analyze and play back virtually any popular digital audio and video format. Bosch Car Multimedia President Uwe Thomas describes the innovation in a nutshell: “The head unit from Bosch and Cadillac User Experience from General Motors open up completely new forms of communication, information and in-car operation for the driver.”