Bosch presents its intelligent IoT solutions

Next to home and work, connectivity is turning the car into the third living space. With the help of personalized communication between the car and the driver, a growing number of comprehensive and high-performance services can be safely operated in the future. Until 2022, the global market for connected mobility will grow at a rate close to 25 percent a year. In a few years, cars will become an active part of IoT and will be able to communicate with other modes of transportation, as well as with smart home. The car can also be seen as a personal assistant. Automated driving will soon allow drivers to have more time to spend on other tasks. For example, drivers and passengers can use the time they spend in the car to write emails or entertain themselves with music or streaming videos.

In the MWC 2017, Bosch will present a concept car that shows how, in the future, different areas of life will be interconnected beyond the vehicle itself. The personalized communication between the car and its driver will also be expanded. The Bosch Forward Show Car incorporates a wide range of innovative technologies such as the Driver Monitoring Camera, which enables face recognition and personalization from the moment the driver gets on the vehicle. For example, the car adjusts the height of the steering wheel, the rear-view mirrors, the interior temperature and the radio transmitter, according to the personal preference of the driver. The ‘concept car’ also incorporates the first gestural control with haptic feedback, which uses ultrasound sensors to detect if the driver’s hand is in the right place. Thanks to the touch screen with haptic feedback, the buttons that appear on the screen ‘feel’ like real buttons. Drivers can focus their eyes on driving, thus improving safety. The Mirror Cam System is a solution based on a camcorder that replaces the two exterior mirrors. The video sensors can be integrated into the vehicle interior and the images are displayed on the displays located near the A pillars on the sides of the vehicle.

‘Perfectly Keyless’: the safe car key on your smartphone

More and more applications are being oriented around the smartphone to make life easier and more personalized to users. Keyless entry is another example of personalization. ‘Perfectly Keyless’ is a user-centered vehicle access system that gives the driver the ability to open and start the car passively using his phone as if it were a digital key. With the encrypted digital key on the phone, the vehicle can be unlocked and started without any interaction. When approaching the vehicle, the system will automatically identify the secret key on the driver’s smartphone and perform a distance measurement. Within a specific range (approximately two meters from the car) access will be allowed. Similarly, boot is only allowed if ‘Perfectly Keyless’ locates the mobile device inside the car.

‘Community-based parking’

The new functions are connecting the car to its environment and Bosch is working on integrating intelligent services into the vehicle. When communicating with its surroundings, the car also assumes important tasks in the connected city. For example, with the community-based parking, the car, thanks to its sensors on board, is becoming a locator of free parking places. While driving through the city, the car detects the free gaps between parked cars. The data collected is transmitted to a digital street. Bosch’s high performance algorithms evaluate the likelihood of the data and make predictions about the parking situation. A cloud-based service uses this data to create a real-time parking map, reducing traffic and saving the driver a great deal of time, money and stress when looking for a parking space. Bosch is currently testing, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, the concept of community parking in the city of Stuttgart.

Cloud-based misleading traffic warning

Traffic reports about suicide drivers driving the wrong lane are beginning to be commonplace. Often, these incidents lead to critical situations that end in serious accidents. At present, traffic is alerted through messages in the different traffic channels. The average time from notification until the alert is sent is between 3 minutes and a half and 4 minutes.

In addition, it takes several minutes for the alerts to be broadcast by radio, and by then it is too late. The new ‘wrong-turn’ warning, based on the ‘cloud’ alerts the driver and users of the road a few seconds earlier and with greater accuracy. To detect misdirected driving, the algorithm compares whether the vehicle is approaching a freeway entry or exit and the actual movement of the vehicle relative to the allowed direction of the track. If the two blocks of information do not match, the driver is warned that it circulates erroneously. At the same time, an alarm is also issued to approaching vehicle drivers. The function is based on sending to the ‘cloud’ of regular and anonymous reports on the position of each vehicle at the motorway entrances. The more connected vehicles there are, the denser this invisible safety net will be and more road users will be alerted to the presence of suicide drivers. The erroneous alert system is available as a functionality within a smartphone application. This application can be integrated as part of a suite of software development within existing applications of other partners, or within information and entertainment solutions of automobile manufacturers.

Secure communication in all areas

The ‘Central Gateway’, CGW, is a hub that ensures communication with all domains across all data buses. The subsidiaries of Bosch ETAS and ESCRYPT allow a quick and secure update of vehicle software via the internet (SOFA / FOTA). While ESCRYPT experts provide holistic security solutions to protect against software tampering and theft, ETAS integrated experts – with the appropriate architecture and software components – ensure that updates can be run safely and reliably, even after numerous updates. In addition, ETAS experts have developed technologies for application in the automotive sector, which allow upgrades up to seven times faster. With many years of experience in automotive and safety, ETAS and ESCRYPT support vehicle manufacturers in the holistic view of functional safety and automotive cyber security.

Solutions for greater comfort and safety on two wheels

Bosch also focuses on the growing demand for intelligent connectivity solutions for motorcycles. The Integrated Connectivity Cluster, ICC, is an information system developed especially for motorists, with a display of variable size and resolution and thanks to the latest technology, it is easy to read in any situation. ‘MySPIN for 2 Wheelers’ is a hardware-independent smartphone integration system for motorcycles, scooters, eBikes and recreational vehicles. It integrates seamlessly into the ICC, but can also run on other displays for two-wheeled vehicles.

Already available for cars since 2014, this technology has been adapted to both wheels and offers the perfect solution for greater comfort and safety, for example by information on the traffic situation or to share route preferences with other drivers. MySPIN for 2Wheelers is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones. The Software Development Kind (SDK) for application developers to integrate into your application is available through [email protected]

The Bosch eScooter integrated system shows the enhanced interaction between individual components as a connected system solution. It provides easy access to the most relevant and reliable information through the Human Machine Interface (HMI) and / or smartphone: for example, battery status, speed, remaining mileage and fault and diagnostic information.

The ‘take me home’ function can calculate the optimal route, while the ‘anti-theft’ feature alerts the owner of the eScooter, via the smartphone, if the motorcycle was moving without authorization. The ‘eScooter sharing’ and fleet management functionalities are also part of the integrated system.

Intelligent Sensor Technology: New Optical Sensor Solution for IoT Applications

Bosch’s tiny MEMS sensors (microelectromechanical sensors) can be found on most electronic devices. From smartphones, game consoles and tablets, to applications for vehicles and security systems, as well as a myriad of other devices. Although they are tiny, they are extremely effective, making systems much more secure, energy efficient and more comfortable and easy to use. Bosch MEMS sensors are the “eyes and ears of millions” of electronic devices. In the MWC 2017, Bosch presents the world’s first MEMS optical solution. It can be used for various applications on the Internet of Things (IoT); As example, for the virtual control of household appliances, tablets and home robots.

Transport Data Logger: provides transparency across the entire supply chain

With the Transport Data Logger (TDL), Bosch brings transparency to the entire supply chain. By joining the shipment of sensitive industrial goods, such as industrial machines, and recording relevant parameter measurements such as temperature, humidity, inclination and impact, the TDL causes the delivery process to be monitored and tracked. These measurements are documented and visualized through an application for smartphones and tablets. Since the limits of each parameter can be configured individually, any parameter that exceeds its limit is identified, ensuring the responsibility of each phase of the supply chain. If a parameter exceeds its limit, the TDL provides verifiable proof and a reliable indication of possible primary and secondary damage. In the event that the limits are not exceeded, the TDL constitutes the evidence of a carefully and faultlessly carried chain of transport. Therefore, TDL provides added value for each logistics situation. It creates trust and tranquility among the relevant partners and provides important data for the optimization of logistics processes.

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