Bosch’s active role in the future of mobility: automated driving, electrification, and connectivity


2016-09-28 | Corporate News

Bosch’s active role in the future of mobility: automated driving, electrification, and connectivity

FISITA 2016 (September 26-30), Busan

Busan – Bosch is playing an active role in the transformation that is about to sweep through the automotive sector – automated driving, electrification, and connectivity. At FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress in BEXCO, Busan, Bosch is showcasing how the supplier of technology and services is driving forward these trends via the plenary session, partner’s forum, and exhibition. “The world is changing, and with it, so are the people’s expectations for future mobility," said Dr. Markus Heyn, a member of the Bosch management board, speaking at the plenary session of FISITA 2016 on September 28.

"The demand for lower emissions will boost the electrification of the powertrain. Increasing automation will support drivers and help to enhance traffic safety worldwide. Secure connectivity is the basis for various services and will underpin both powertrain electrification and automated driving,” Heyn said. Through the plenary session, he discussed the future of mobility with industry leaders.

Bosch also highlights its technologies and solutions for automated driving, electrification, and connectivity at its exhibition booth throughout the event. One example is the second generation of its 48-volt hybrid. This modified entry-level electrification solution reduces fuel consumption by up to 15 percent, as well as providing an additional 150 newton meters of torque. Bosch is also showcasing its roadmap to fully automated parking. Automated valet parking is the name of the Bosch function which not only relieves drivers of having to search for a parking place, but also enables the vehicle to park itself. Drivers simply drop off their vehicle at the entrance to a parking garage. Using a smartphone app, they instruct the car to find itself a place to park. They instruct the car to return to the drop-off point in exactly the same way. Fully automated parking will require several things, including an intelligent parking garage infrastructure, on-board vehicle sensors, and connectivity for both. The car and parking garage communicate with each other: sensors in the pavement identify where free parking spaces are located, and transmit this information to the car. Bosch is developing all the necessary components for fully automated parking in house.

There are numerous challenges to overcome, however. As electrification spreads to all vehicle classes, a variety of electric motors and battery concepts ranging from 48 to more than 300 volts will be required. Automated driving necessitates a highly robust sensor setup, detailed maps, and redundant vehicle systems. Also, comprehensive connectivity need to connect cars with each other as well as with homes and infrastructure. Integration of all the technologies that will have been developed to overcome these challenges will create a new kind of individual mobility – one that is highly automated, connected, and electrified, and which in urban areas is increasingly used as a shared service for users. Bosch is active in all of these areas – making the company a supplier of mobility solutions.

FISITA is a place where worldwide specialists in the automotive industry gather to share creative thoughts and knowledge to bring our next generation a whole new era of transportation. Based on its theme for 2016, 'Creative Thinking for Future Automobiles', worldwide specialists in the automotive industry discuss on issues such as energy-efficiency, safety, eco-friendly technology, and connectivity.

About Bosch in Korea

Bosch in Korea manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile machinery products, power tools and accessories, and security systems. The company opened an office in Seoul in 1985. Bosch operates five companies in Korea: Robert Bosch Korea Limited Company, Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd., Bosch Rexroth Korea Ltd., ETAS Korea Co., Ltd., and KB Wiper Systems Co., Ltd. (KCW 50%). Total employment amounts to around 1,900 associates as of December 31, 2016. Bosch has a strong R&D presence in Korea with more than 250 engineers in research and development and a technical center with state of-the art testing and application facilities. In fiscal 2016, Bosch generated sales of 2.3 trillion KRW in Korea.

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Bosch Group

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. 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 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 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 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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