Bosch Provides Update on Integrated System Solutions Between Engines, Connectivity, and Automated Driving

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Bosch has developed a sensor that allows automated vehicles to precisely determine their position: the vehicle motion and position sensor. // Photograph Courtesy of Bosch

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Bosch, a German-based Tier 1 auto supplier that has its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, Monday announced its plans to continue to advance its integrated system solutions for new engines, connectivity offerings, and automated drive.

Mobility is in the midst of transformation. According to McKinsey, the pace of investment in future mobility technology increased nearly six-fold, from $4.3 billion per year to $25.3 billion per year, from 2010-2013 to 2014-2017.

“While the industry is in the midst of major transformation, we see many pieces already in place for the connected, automated, and electrified future,” said Mike Mansuetti, president of Bosch in North America. “We’re building upon our leadership in the areas of connectivity, safety systems, and powertrain to continue to offer our customers the technologies and services that are advancing the future of mobility.”

Bosch said it will continue to develop, invest in, and acquiring connected services. Bosch has been providing the foundation for connected vehicles for many years and is leading the transition to fully connected vehicles and services.

The company said through the Bosch IoT suite, four million cars have connectivity and over-the-air updates enabled by the Bosch software platform. The connected mobility solutions and services, it adds, keeps vehicles and drivers secure, informed, and up-to-date.

Other recent offerings include:

  • Perfectly Keyless: A user-centric vehicle access system that offers full passive entry and passive start functionality using the mobile phone as a digital car key. Transmitted via Bluetooth, vehicle access can be securely and conveniently granted to other users, enabling families, companies, sharing providers and fleet operators to flexibly manage who can access their vehicles and when. With decades of experience in semiconductors, Bosch is in a position to make this connection as secure as a fingerprint.
  • Predictive road condition services: The system helps automated vehicles know where they can safely drive by predicting road conditions and alerting vehicles of hazardous conditions along their route. The solution uses weather data from Foreca, one of the world’s leading providers of weather information.
  • Community-based parking: Enables vehicles to search for a suitable parking space so that drivers don’t have to. The parking-space search engine uses ultrasonic sensors to help vehicles identify and measure the gaps between parked cars as they drive past them. The data collected is transferred to a digital parking map that drivers can use to guide them to suitable parking spaces.

Bosch also is introducing an integrated connected mobility solution at NAIAS that provides OEMs with an end-to-end connected mobility solution that can be cost-effectively deployed to new production vehicles (embedded) and to the existing car park (after sales).

The jointly developed solution unlocks the ability for OEMs to quickly launch and scale profitable connected vehicle services, while delivering user experiences that enhance vehicle safety, reliability and convenience for their customers.

In addition, last February Bosch announced the acquisition of SPLT, a platform that allows companies, universities, and municipal authorities to offer their workforces ridesharing services. The SPLT app brings together work colleagues who take the same route to work. Within seconds, an algorithm computes the best grouping for the rideshare as well as the fastest route.

Bosch entered the North American market in 1906, and today the Bosch Group employs nearly 34,500 associates in more than 100 locations. In 2017, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Overall, the Bosch Group employs roughly 402,000 associates worldwide. The company generated sales of $88.2 billion in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.

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