For the first time, Bosch uses Augmented Reality for the product explanation at its BEA 750 emission tester

  • Product brochure of the new BEA 750 tester contains Augmented Reality information
  • Quick and easy first start-up and operation thanks to multimedia explanations
  • Users become aware of the possibilities of Augmented Reality

The future belongs to Augmented Reality (AR), the technology complementing real images by useful additional information which can easily be accessed at your fingertips. Using the example of the BEA 750 emission tester, at Automechanika, Bosch shows how to enrich the documentation of a workshop tester by multimedia contents with the aid of Augmented Reality. Bosch thus makes the innovative information system come alive and facilitates its direct use in everyday workshop life. In order to access multimedia product information, for instance, the user just has to point his tablet camera onto the cover of the product brochure. The cover is linked to a 3D model of the emission tester which can then be displayed on the tablet computer using Augmented Reality technology. So-called points of interest regarding BEA 750 are displayed at the three-dimensional representation of the emission tester. By simply tapping them, additional information can be accessed. In addition, the user can even watch a product video as well. The multimedia product description eases the operation of the device for mechatronics and allows them to understand the different working steps much faster as well. At the same time, they familiarize themselves with the possibilities provided by the use of Augmented Reality.

First start-up and operation explained step by step by Augmented Reality animations

Among other things, Augmented Reality is also very useful for the first start-up as part of the operating instructions of the BEA 750 emission tester. As soon as the user points the camera of his tablet computer onto the actual tester, all required tasks for the first start-up are projected onto the depiction of the device – step by step and using an AR animation. Hoses and cables, for instance, are shown with different colors thus easing the identification of the correct hose for the respective connector. Furthermore, optionally available accessories can also be displayed in connection with BEA 750 and via Augmented Reality. An information box contains the respective additional information concerning the accessories.

Augmented Reality supports mechatronics in everyday workshop life

Bosch uses Augmented Reality to provide additional information including texts, pictures or videos for service or repair tasks at automotive workshops. On the screen of a tablet computer, mechatronics can see the location of usually hidden components, for instance, or even the cable harness behind the dashboard. In addition, required special tools and information concerning the next working steps are displayed as well. This speeds up the working process increasing the service and repair quality at the same time.

Development platform eases the creation of AR applications

In order to integrate the large diversity of versions and products in modern automotive technology into AR application at low costs, Bosch developed the Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP). It accesses the existing database and collects the matching data for the intended Augmented Reality application. Besides information and explanations as texts, videos, pictures, safety notes with audio content, 3D data, circuit diagrams, technical drawings and markers can be integrated as well. The system works in a cross-platform manner and independently from certain tracking or rendering techniques. It can thus be used for all business areas.

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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