With around 2,000 reported incidents per year in Germany alone, wrong-way driving is a road traffic accident risk that should not be underestimated. The cloud-based wrong-way driver warning feature developed by Bosch is a connected solution that alerts wrong-way drivers and other road users to the hazard within ten seconds, making it significantly faster than the usual radio announcements.
The system reliably identifies wrong-way driving using anonymized movement data in combination with an web-based database. If a wrong-way driver is detected, only the specific road users who are actually within the danger zone will be alerted immediately. But not only that – they will also always be provided with a suitable recommended course of action in order to alleviate the danger.
Information about current road conditions, like aquaplaning, ice, and snow, is critical for ensuring drivers can identify potential hazards in time, allowing them, for instance, to adapt their driving style or change their route. Bosch is making this information available in connected vehicles through its road condition services.
In an initial rollout stage, Bosch is using weather data to draw conclusions about possible hazards. In the future, Bosch will supplement this information with data supplied by the vehicle, such as measured temperature data. Combining all of the data results in a smart Bosch service that enhances safety by providing an up-to-date and reliable report on the road conditions up ahead.
The eCall automatic emergency call system is a milestone on the path to greater road safety. The vehicle’s connectivity hardware reports a detected accident and its location automatically to the emergency call center, which then immediately informs the emergency services. This enables first responders to arrive at the scene much more quickly, even in situations in which accident victims are unable to call for help themselves. Connectivity can therefore result in a decisive time saving that can save lives.
The deployment of eCall has been mandatory in all new vehicles in Europe since 2018. It is not, however, necessary to buy a new car to benefit from eCall – the system can very easily be retrofitted to existing vehicles too. The eCall plug is simply plugged into the cigarette lighter, and all vehicle occupants benefit from the enhanced level of safety right away.
The connected driving assistant from Bosch assists the driver by providing important up-to-date information about the route ahead, ensuring safe, confident, and economical driving. The connected horizon combines static and dynamic map data with the latest traffic information, keeping the driver informed about such aspects as speed limits, bends in the road, hazards, and the tail end of traffic jams. Equipped with this information advantage, drivers can adapt their driving style accordingly to minimize the accident risk; and they can reduce their fuel consumption and so be kinder to the environment. In combination with other driver assistance systems, it also allows the vehicle’s speed as well as the distance to the vehicle in front to be adapted automatically, thus further increasing safety, comfort, and convenience.
With updates delivered over the air, Bosch ensures vehicle software and firmware is always kept up to date (SOTA/FOTA). The innovative technology makes it possible to deliver optimizations as well as roll out new and improved functionality without having to visit a workshop – so, basically in the same way as users are already used to from their smartphone. State-of-the-art security technologies, like encryption and firewalls, ensure the mobile data transmission between the cloud and vehicle is kept secure.
Bosch’s particular competency in connectivity is clearly reflected in the way it supports the user throughout the update process – from the user’s selection of the desired function on the smartphone or infotainment system to the transmission of the necessary data and successful installation of the software in the vehicle.
Vehicle breakdowns cost time and money and are extremely annoying. To ensure vehicles do not break down in the first place, Bosch has developed an innovative connected solution that reliably predicts the condition of systems and components in the vehicle and provides advance warning about potential problems. This is achieved by sending vehicle data to the cloud, where it is analyzed to generate a precise condition report for each particular vehicle.
Vehicle owners and fleet managers can then use this information to schedule maintenance for their vehicles in good time, thus avoiding sudden breakdowns. With predictive diagnostics, vehicle manufacturers are able to offer their customers proactive services, increasing customer satisfaction still further.
The keyless entry system will in future allow vehicle owners and fleet operators to manage their vehicle keys digitally. When the driver approaches the vehicle with their smartphone, the Perfectly keyless function automatically unlocks the door and applies the driver’s stored personal settings, such as the seat position. Once inside the vehicle, when the driver presses the start button, the vehicle looks for the digital key and starts the engine as soon as it has found it. And when the driver moves away from the vehicle, the system ensures the door is securely locked again. Moreover, owners and fleet managers will enjoy the flexibility of being able to make their vehicles available to any specific user at any time via a smartphone app.
Community-based parking is the connected solution that helps drivers find a parking space in the city center. Vehicles use their on-board sensors to identify vacant parking spaces at the side of the road as they drive by and then send this data to the cloud. Drivers looking for a place to park can access this parking information in real time and can then be guided quickly and conveniently to an available space. Instead of tediously having to search for one themselves, they simply head straight to the chosen spot. That not only saves time, it reduces fuel consumption and consequently vehicle emissions too.
Drivers can furthermore use predefined criteria to filter the search results to suit their personal requirements, such as parking space size or presence of an electric charging station.
Bosch keeps vehicles connected throughout their life cycle, from initial development right up to when the vehicle is on the road. The vehicle management platform is the technical basis for cloud-based services like predictive diagnostics, remote measurement, and firmware updates over the air (FOTA).
The platform comprises two primary components. Firstly, the basic software module, which is the secure communication interface between the vehicle, cloud, and services. Secondly, there is the data management module, which enables vehicle manufacturers and fleet managers to organize, analyze, and display vehicle data and make it available for use.