Comprehensive systems expertise
Electrification, automated driving, and connected services require a more intense degree of interplay between various mechatronic subsystems. New functions are no longer only developed at the component level but instead are derived on the basis of the overall system. It means that automotive suppliers too must strengthen their engineering competencies at the overall vehicle level.
Bosch already today operates in the market as a system provider and offers, e.g., in the case of diesel injection systems, not only single components but complete solutions too.
The system concept is no longer constrained by the conventional domain boundaries, such as those between the brakes, steering, and powertrain. Instead, innovative vehicle functions are increasingly based on cross-domain integration and connectivity.
This also includes the interplay of electronic and mechanical systems in electric vehicles to improve vehicle performance and behavior.
One of the methodologies that Bosch uses in the development of systems at the overall vehicle level is model-based systems engineering (MBSE). Thanks to MBSE, it is possible to visualize system complexities and therefore understand them more easily. Furthermore, at an early stage of the engineering project, Bosch deploys a vehicle simulator. The results of the simulation are subsequently validated on the integration and communication test bench and in drivable prototypes.