April 20, 2017
Elizabeth Joseph
Bosch launches its automated driving initiative in China

Bosch launches its automated driving initiative in China
Collaboration agreements with AutoNavi, Baidu, and NavInfo for high-precision maps.

  • “Automated driving will only be possible with high-precision maps,” says Bosch board of management member Dr. Rolf Bulander.
  • Together with China's Baidu internet group, Bosch puts an automated test vehicle on Chinese roads.
  • In 2016, Bosch Mobility Solutions in China grew much more quickly than the market, with sales growth of 23.5 percent.
  • At Auto Shanghai, Bosch is presenting its solutions for its vision of the stress-free, accident-free, and emissions-free mobility of the future.     

Shanghai – In order to get automated driving off the ground in China, a promising concept is still needed for how to generate high-precision, up-to-the-minute maps. Bosch wants to change this and has signed a collaboration agreement with the Chinese internet group Baidu and the map providers AutoNavi and NavInfo. Together, the four partners are working on a solution that will let them use information collected by Bosch’s radar and video sensors in vehicles to generate and update maps. “Automated driving will not be possible without high-precision maps – not in China and not anywhere else in the world either,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of Robert Bosch GmbH’s board of management and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector, in the run-up to Auto Shanghai. Bosch is pursuing an open, standardized approach. Automated vehicles will use the data collected by Bosch sensors to determine their own location, which is essential for automated driving. This data will be compatible with the three partners’ map data. Bosch, AutoNavi, Baidu, and NavInfo want to present their solution before the end of the year.

74 percent of Chinese want automated driving soon
Bosch and the Baidu internet group are even going a step further. Together, they have set up a test vehicle on the basis of a Jeep Cherokee for partially automated driving on Chinese freeways. The test vehicle is equipped with numerous Bosch components. These include, among other things, five mid-section radar sensors and a multi-purpose camera for environment recognition, as well as an ESP braking control system and electronic power steering. “Automated driving is a global topic for Bosch,” says Bulander. “With China we are now starting our fourth testing location after Germany, the U.S., and Japan.” As the world’s largest automotive market and with roughly 28 million vehicles now being produced annually, China is also an important sales market for automated driving technologies. Chinese consumers are already very open to the topic. In a representative Bosch survey carried out in six countries, 74 percent of the Chinese interviewed declared themselves in favor of the rapid introduction of automated driving in their country. By way of comparison: in Germany, this figure was 33 percent of those surveyed, while in the U.S. it was 31 percent.

Bosch experiences growth in China with automation, connectivity, and electrification
Automated driving is just one potential field of growth for Bosch in China, however. At Auto Shanghai, the company is presenting its concept study that shows how connectivity can transform a car from a mere means of transportation into a driver’s personal assistant. Modern display instruments and user interfaces accentuate the advantages of automated and connected driving and will enable safe, relaxed driving in the future. Bosch is also equipped to grow in the fields of powertrain technology and electrification. With its customized gasoline and diesel direct injection systems, its systems solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles, and its extensive modular concept for CNG powertrains, Bosch can help Chinese manufacturers to meet the China6 emissions standard.

Bosch Mobility Solutions also overtakes the Chinese market in 2016

China is both an important and very successful market for Bosch. In 2016, the supplier of technology and services recorded sales of RMB 66.3 billion (Euro 9 billion) in the Middle Kingdom with its mobility solutions. This was an increase of 23.5 percent over the previous year. China’s automotive market grew by 14 percent in the same period. “China is and remains a synonym for growth for us. In 2016, we generated 20 percent of our Mobility Solutions sector sales here,” says Bulander. Bosch currently employs more than 34,000 associates in the Mobility Solutions sector in China at 21 manufacturing ­sites. These include more than 4,600 developers working on innovations for the local market in 12 Bosch technology centers.

Under the banner of “Smarter mobility,” Bosch will be demonstrating its concept of how future cars will become their drivers’ personal assistants at Auto Shanghai from April 19 to 28, 2017. The technology and services company’s stand in hall 5.1 will also be exhibiting solutions for its vision of the stress-free, accident-free, and emissions-free mobility of the future.


Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2016 sales came to 44.0 billion euros, or 60 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

he Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as per December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. 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 industry. 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 create solutions 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 and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.  

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