Bosch has showcased a range of personalized connected solutions to transform the future of mobility. Its comprehensive portfolio of future-ready mobility products and services are in line with the market demand for advanced safety features and BS VI-compliant vehicles. To ensure a smooth transition from BS IV to BS VI engines, Bosch meticulously collaborates with OEMs and end-customers to develop innovative and intelligent future-ready mobility solutions. Backed by its global IT expertise and technical knowhow in the mobility space, Bosch aims to usher in a new era of automated, electrified and connected driving.
Being involved in more than 70 projects for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, Bosch is all set to further support OEMs in their launches of BS VI-compliant vehicles through tailor-made solutions and requisite servicing.
Dr. Markus Heyn, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, said, “Bosch is a company with vast experience in mobility and beyond. We not only focus on creating an automated, electrified and connected mobility ecosystem but also strive towards making vehicles a smart and safe companion in the future. Bosch is committed to working towards unleashing the full potential in the Indian mobility space by combining its global expertise and innovative technology in order to provide the best of solutions to the end-customers.”
“The future of mobility in India will be clean, efficient, safe and connected. Bosch has been providing technological solutions for 98 years in India and continues to be a leading provider of mobility services. With the transition to BS VI, we have been at the forefront in partnering with our customers in delivering cutting edge solutions to meet the mandate,” Soumitra Bhattacharya, Managing Director, Bosch Limited and President, Bosch Group in India, said. “We are actively participating in shaping the future of mobility in India through our technology-agnostic approach. With a customer-focused approach, we actively support the Government’s initiatives towards the auto sector with an India first objective.”
Products, solutions for India
Bosch’s vision for the future of mobility is to focus on areas such as clean, efficient, safe, automated, and connected. This is tied to three technological developments: electrification, connectivity and automation.
Electromobility: Bosch accelerates development of electric vehicles (EVs) with customized, electrified powertrain solutions. Bosch’s electric powertrain system is engineered for efficiency, economy, and dynamics. Aligned with Bosch’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality, these optimized powertrain systems are key to solving challenges in energy usage and climate change.
Bosch has devised an integrated system for Light electric vehicles with performance classes ranging from 1 to 20 KW, to have an all-in-one solution that enables a safe and dynamic ride experience. The motor, control unit, battery, and innovative connectivity functions synergize perfectly to ensure well-balanced vehicle performance and long range.
Bosch offers a comprehensive range of engine management systems’ technologies specifically designed for two-wheelers. These include innovation in components for fuel injection and supply, air management, ignition and exhaust gas treatment, and engine control units. Apart from being BS VI-compliant, the electronic engine control with sophisticated sensors provides significant benefits over the conventional carburettor systems, making it fuel efficient and reducing up to 16 per cent of CO2 emissions.
The Electronic Battery Sensor (EBS) provides information on the status of 12-V lead-acid batteries used in the electric vehicles, while keeping the battery aging effects at bay. By providing this relevant information, the EBS allows for the implementation of an optimized electrical power management (EEM) system in the vehicle and supports fuel and CO2 saving technologies.
The 48V hybrid system facilitates continued powertrain electrification for small passenger cars with complete charging through recuperation. The system helps functions like advanced start-stop, regenerative braking and coasting while improves efficiency and driving experience
Connectivity solutions: Bosch combines its IT competence with extensive automotive knowhow, to be the most reliable partner to set up end-to-end connectivity solution across segments.
As a leading player in the mobility sector, the company ensures its connected and services solutions are personalized, comfortable, convenient, safe, and secure. With an in-depth understanding of vehicle data, long-term experience with mobility services and with connectivity solutions with the ecosystem, Bosch creates a new range of services, driving efficiency and reducing stress while offering scalability for future possibilities. The multilevel security solutions provide maximum data protection and data security.
These solutions include 3D display, Driver and Passenger Monitoring (AI), Battery in the Cloud, Convenience Charging and Perfectly Keyless solutions enhanced with advanced security.
Another noticeable solution from Bosch is the eCall, an emergency call system for cars, which enables a faster emergency response in case of accidents and other emergencies. Bosch already delivers this service to Daimler in more than 50 countries and in 18 languages, and is now expanding its services to the rest of the world.
Automation: Driver assistance systems are the starting point for safety in mobility. Bosch’s precision systems greatly increase safety and assist a driver throughout the journey.
Bosch’s driver assistance systems (ADAS) are enabled by data fusion and smartphone integration which makes it possible for all OEMs to support the driver in complex and critical traffic situations. Features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), predictive emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, traffic jam assist guarantee enhanced driving safety and comfort.
With the economy gearing up for implementation of BS VI norms, Bosch draws up on its automotive lineage to manufacture end-to-end solutions. The use of re-engineered parts such as the Lean Electronic Fuel Injection System (LEFIS) for three-wheel vehicles by Bosch will effectively address BS VI norms and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint over time. On par with the rising demand for connected vehicles, Bosch is constantly attempting to develop technologies and solutions for emission, stress and accident-free mobility.
Bosch prefers use case to overarching
Indian Automotive Industry is in a phase of transition. On the one hand, there is the electric mobility aspiration and on the other is the mandatory transition to BS-VI. In between are the shared mobility, multi-modal mobility, and demand aggregators. The path is blurred but the destination is clear since all these have the common goal of a pollution-free environment.
Almost all the suppliers and OEMs agree that 2018 was one of the best years in terms of production and sales. The headwind started in 2019. A change is expected from the second half of the next fiscal along with a possible recovery in GDP.
Transition from BS-IV to BS VI is another challenging scenario the industry does encounter. Use case approach only is suitable as of now for the Indian automotive industry and overarching approach is not going to serve the purpose. Bosch as a company is futuristic and has products already in place. It is now waiting for the market to signal. With the current hiccups nothing is to be concluded.
Speaking to Automotive Script, Sandeep N , Executive Vice President of Sales, Bosch India said, “Indian industry is not easy to comprehend as of now. While transitioning to BS-VI norms, how the government and its measures are going to be supportive for us is not clear. We already have products. Our smart mobility solution is the sum of four pillars viz. mobility as personalized, mobility as automated, mobility as connected and mobility as ecosystem support. Together we call it PACE. All four contents are mixed in different proportions based on the need. Electrified mobility are personalized in certain cases and connected in some cases. Some are eco-system driven. Total cost of ownership is high but there are cases like corporate mobility, green mindset of the people which would drive the way forward. There lies our main idea of use case to overarching.”
Bosch has the key technology for electric vehicles. Nonetheless, it wants to play a system role. Traditional products in terms of propulsion systems and safety will always be there in their portfolio and the company plans to invest continuously on system capabilities, areas of electrification and telematics.
From two-wheelers to commercial vehicles Bosch has a spectrum of mobility products. Emission free or emission reduction depends on the legislation and regulatory measures. Our solution includes EBS for two-wheelers to reduce the fatality of accidents in the country. In terms of improving driving conditions and to initiating safety measures for passenger vehicles, forward collision automated system is one of the mobility solutions. Mobility is indeed a fascinating topic but to what extent it is needed is a region’s prerogative.
In terms of trends, there are many from mobility point of view. In terms of owning the car, people are getting connected digitally, commuting methodologies, depends on the use case people experienced and encountered. Personal commute is a different way compared to official commute. Multimodal mobility will come and connectivity will enable that. The market demand to have stress-free and emission-free traffic more or less summarizes the trends. Aspirations for personal mobility, multimodal mobility including shared mobility, depend on use case. People might own cars but still prefer multimodal like combination of ride sharing, demand aggregators and public transport.
“We have invested in system engineering, electric mobility and related technologies. We have a software development centre in India which deals with engineering and business solutions. More than 16000 people are employed and we have Centres of Excellence in Bengaluru and Coimbatore. Global platform is our strength and we are working on to connect them with the Indian standards. For this we are waiting for the recovery of the automotive industry here. Once the Industry recovers how to drive it is in our present thought process,” Sandeep said.