BERLIN: It is the dawning of the age of the connected car. Starting in March 2018, the eCall automatic emergency call system will be mandatory in the EU.
This means that every new car will be a connected car by default.
The market research company Gartner forecasts that by 2020, there will be 250 million connected cars on the world’s roads.
Speaking at the international Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 conference in Berlin, Bosch board of management member Dr Dirk Hoheisel said, “Services for connected cars are increasingly becoming a differentiating factor within the automotive industry.”
Hoheisel also announced the launch of the Bosch Automotive Cloud Suite, a new platform for mobility services.
The Bosch Automotive Cloud Suite is based on the Bosch IoT Suite, and provides the technological basis for all services involving connected cars.
It offers all the functions needed to connect devices, users, companies, and domains on a single platform.
In its Automotive Cloud Suite, Bosch provides individual software modules, such as a digital logbook or solutions for implementing software updates.
Providers of mobility services can use them to develop a broad range of connected car services for drivers.
Bosch brings together many areas of expertise in its Automotive Cloud Suite: besides its skills as a systems supplier to the automotive industry and as a leading provider of encryption technologies, the company has extensive experience both as a cloud operator and in handling big data.
Bosch is demonstrating a range of new services in a show car based on a Jaguar F-Pace at Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017.
Five services that are due to become standard in every vehicle are Wrong-way Driver Alert (alert goes to the wrong-way driver and all road users in the vicinity), Predictive Diagnostics (driver is notified before a part wears out), Community-based Parking (drivers to navigate straight to a vacant spot), Personal Assistant (voice commands to manage appointments and ask for information) and Software Updates over the Air.