launches its automated driving initiative in China
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.
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.
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.
BOSCH AT THE AUTO SHANGHAI 2017
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.
The 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.
More information at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-presse.de, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.