Press release #Mobility

Hako and Bosch-Engineering jointly develop automation software for autonomous cleaning machines

Technology that understands: the new autonomous Scrubmaster B75 i

Cornelia Dürr

Cornelia Dürr


Abstatt; Bad Oldesloe – Autonomous cleaning systems perform recurring tasks with high efficiency and consistently good cleaning quality, even over long periods of use. In addition, they give the operator the opportunity to take care of other important tasks. Hako and Bosch-Engineering have developed an automation software for cleaning machines within a cooperation project. This software is being used for the first time in the new Scrubmaster B75 i. Hako has thus developed an autonomous scrubber-drier that saves time, effort and costs and, thanks to a large vertical range of manufacture, meets customer requirements with the best quality and safety.

The technology makes the difference

The new Scrubmaster B75 i cleans learned routes independently, reliably and efficiently. To enable the machine to navigate safely in autonomous operation, LiDAR sensors are used to locate and protect people, for example, as well as intelligent 3D camera technology for obstacle detection. The Scrubmaster B75 i therefore fully complies with the safety standards for autonomous cleaning machines. Mapping technologies allow routes to be recorded and stored during the cleaning journey. An 8-inch touchscreen functions as a smart interface to the user: the machine can be intuitively operated and programmed via the display. The Scrubmaster B75 i increases productivity with ease, as the machine can perform cleaning tasks at any time of the day or night.

Safety made by Hako

When developing the new autonomous cleaning machine, Hako attached great importance to offering the complete system from a single source. A decision in the interest of the customer, because the software developed in-house, for example, meets all requirements for security and data protection – even in the future: because the rights remain with Hako.

To ensure maximum functionality as well as reliability of the navigation and safety technology before market launch, Hako relied on the support of the digitalisation experts from Bosch-Engineering. Together, the automation software was developed specifically for the requirements of cleaning machines. The Hako software includes the operating concept, the device management and any cleaning- and machine-specific algorithms. The Bosch-Engineering software supplements with generic robotics functionalities such as the localisation of the machine, as well as the detection and avoidance of obstacles (navigation).

The next step is already being planned: for even more efficient use, Hako is developing supplementary systems that are optimally matched to the autonomous cleaning machine – for example, a home base for battery charging, emptying the recovery tank and filling the solution tank with fresh water is currently in the development phase. Use of the base together with the Scrubmaster B75 i in the field is already prepared.

The internal know-how that has been built up within the company enables Hako to adapt the autonomous system to the customers’ individual requirements and applications.

Contact persons for press inquiries:
Cornelia Dürr
Bosch Engineering GmbH
phone: +49 7062 911-1986

Sabine Paul
Hako GmbH
phone: +49 4531806 369

Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2023, its sales came to 56.2 billion euros, or just under 60 percent of total Group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading mobility suppliers. Bosch Mobility pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are electrification, software and services, semiconductors and sensors, vehicle computers, advanced driver assistance systems, systems for vehicle dynamics control, repair-shop concepts, as well as technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

About Bosch Engineering GmbH
Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 3,300 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.
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Hako – solution provider for Cleaning and Municipal Technology
For over 70 years, Hako has been a solution provider for intelligent Cleaning, Municipal and Waterjet Technology. With top quality, high reliability, excellent service and forward-looking innovation, we meet the increasing demands for sustainable solutions. Today, the Hako Group is one of the leading machine manufacturers on the global market for industrial, building and outdoor cleaning as well as grounds maintenance and winter services. Thanks to the close-knit distribution and service network with sales and service partners in over 60 countries, Hako supplies a wide range of target groups worldwide with future-proof cleaning machines and multifunctional load and implement carriers. With developments in the areas of autonomy, electromobility and digitalisation, we are paving the way for the future of Cleaning, Municipal and Waterjet Technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 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. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

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