Bosch banks on Augmented Reality applications for workshops, trainings and sales

  • 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.

Readers’ contact:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Automotive Aftermarket
Phone: +49 9001 942010

Tags: Workshops, Applications

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with modern diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. About 17,000 associates in more than 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 15,000 workshops, and more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

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