Connecting technologies: connected vehicles are the future

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Supplementary information material on the connectivity solutions offered by Bosch

The impacts of urbanization are clearly apparent in our society. But more people in urban areas also means more environmental pollution, more noise, and more time lost in traffic. In an effort to counteract all of these negative aspects, Bosch is continually driving the development of connected solutions for vehicles, whereby connection with the cloud and the surroundings plays a significant role. This not only makes it possible to use the internet of things; it also makes a considerable contribution toward safety on the road. Via communication with the cloud or by screening their surroundings, vehicles can detect risks at an early stage and take the appropriate countermeasures to avoid them. But that is not all: communication between vehicles also ensures significantly more safety and improves the flow of traffic.

With cloud-based services and the internet of things, Bosch creates new opportunities and mobility offers such as automated driving. Numerous technical modules form the basis for these services and ensure secure connections inside the vehicle and with its surroundings.



while implementing updates and accessing vehicle data for analysis.



thanks to overall hardware and software solutions with automotive and IT expertise from a single source.

Technical enablers – what they are and how they are changing our future

Automated driving, connected services, and vehicles that communicate with each other – the future seems within reach. But in order to use these services, a reliable technical basis is required. This basis is provided by so-called technical drivers or enablers which make it possible to connect vehicles in the first place. Some of them, like updates over the air or V2X connectivity, form the basis for connected driving. High-performance sensors, such as cameras, radar systems covering various ranges, and lidars, ensure that passenger cars, trucks, and other types of vehicles will be able to perceive their surroundings very reliably in the future. Vehicle computer solutions combined with the vehicle runtime environment (VRTE) make the high-performance computing infrastructure available which is required for automated driving and connected services.

But interplay by both is what is decisive: the proper and secure flow of communication and the requisite processing power inside the vehicles ensures that signals perceived from their surroundings can be received and processed. The information received is then forwarded to the appropriate recipient with the corresponding commands and implemented as required. A process which is essential for automated driving in particular. Only then will vehicles be capable of making autonomous decisions in complex traffic situations in the future.

This is how technical enablers safeguard future mobility, making them an indispensable part of the automotive industry of tomorrow.

Connectivity solutions offered by Bosch inside the vehicle and with its surroundings

Connectivity inside the vehicle

Future mobility is all about connected mobility. It lays the foundation for connected services and automated driving. Numerous technical enablers are required to implement these services and functions in the future, whereby connectivity inside the vehicle itself is a key aspect. In-vehicle information and communication systems transform the vehicle into a central communication medium.

They ensure that internal and external signals are transmitted, received, forwarded, and processed.

Find out here what technical enablers are responsible for connectivity inside the vehicle and why they are essential for future mobility.

E/E architecture undergoing transformation

Lighter, more dynamic and flexible: E/E architecture is currently subject to a paradigm shift. Automated driving and connected services lead to a significant increase in functions within the E/E architecture. In order to safely master this complexity, there is a shift taking place from a domain-specific to a cross-domain and centralized structure in which some of the many individual control units are replaced with fewer but very powerful vehicle computers. In particular, the high demands on flexibility and scalability when embedding functions in the E/E architecture are key drivers for this change, which not only results in lower costs: thanks to perfect system design, shorter lines, and optimal integration, it is also possible to achieve extensive weight reductions.

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Semiconductors for a connected future

Semiconductors from Bosch are integral in every vehicle

Semiconductors have been used in cars for several decades. These tiny chips are a key technology in the modern world and represent core components of electric systems. They are used to control the powertrain and driving behavior, specify directions in navigation, and tell the airbag when to release. Bosch is one of the world's leading chip manufacturers for mobility applications. Despite their long-standing history, semiconductors are one thing in particular: they are key to a successful future. These key components of modern mobility have become integral in every car. In 2016, every newly-registered vehicle worldwide had on average more than nine Bosch chips on board. When it comes to semiconductors for cars, Bosch makes the most of one unique advantage the company can offer: only Bosch is equally at home in the automotive and semiconductor industries. In 2018, every new vehicle included semiconductors to the value of 370 USD (source: ZVEI). And the demand for chips in cars will continue to rise in the years to come, thanks to increasing electrification and automation.

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Vehicle computer solutions

Vehicle computer solutions are an integral component of the E/E architecture which makes connected and automated driving possible. Using a modular toolbox, various cross-domain functions and software elements can be embedded flexibly in a high-performance and scalable hardware system. The high degree of flexibility and scalability associated with embedding functions in the E/E architecture not only means less hardware inside the vehicle but also lower costs.

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Powertrain Domain Controller

VRTE (vehicle runtime environment)

As a basic software framework for microprocessor-based vehicle computers, the VRTE based on the AUTOSAR standard provides the foundation for functions and applications, and controls the hardware. In this context, various application domains with diverse requirements, e.g. on automotive safety, can be virtually separated while still being merged on a single hardware system. By using the vehicle computer from Bosch, multi-system vehicle competence is linked with dedicated E/E architecture expertise, complex real-time software, the internet of things, and automotive hardware both on the vehicle and back-end side – and coupled, of course, with maximum demands on reliability and cyber-security.

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Standardization of control units

Innovative mobility, such as electrification and automated driving, makes entirely new demands on the various components of a vehicle. These also include the electronic control units (ECUs), hundreds of which are integrated in passenger cars in the higher-price segment. Most production lines for control units are currently product-specific. But not for much longer, as Bosch has been working since 2017 on standardizing electronic control units. The benefits: by using a standard product, it is possible to react faster to the market and demand and also to produce it more inexpensively, while remaining flexible, and creating faster ramp-ups, lower defect costs, and higher line utilization capacity.

Central gateway

Electrification, automated driving and connected vehicles are innovation drivers with high demands on data exchange inside and outside the vehicle. This is ensured at all times by the central gateway.

As an essential communication hub inside the vehicle and between the vehicle and its surroundings, the central gateway handles the central control function and ensures regular software updates over the entire life cycle of a vehicle.

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Connectivity with the vehicle surroundings

A vehicle which communicates with its surroundings and the traffic infrastructure – this is one aspect of the vision of future mobility. After all, apart from connectivity inside the vehicle itself, perceiving the vehicle surroundings also plays a significant role.

Here, systems and services are responsible for precisely screening the vehicle’s surroundings, interpreting them correctly, proactively planning routes and maneuvers, and keeping the vehicle up to date at all times. From passenger cars to commercial vehicles: discover the systems and services which are key to vehicle connectivity with its surroundings.

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V2X connectivity control unit

The vision of the future depicts a world without accidents: with the V2X connectivity control unit from Bosch, roads will become even safer. The V2X CCU enables vehicles to communicate with each other as well as with their surroundings and the traffic infrastructure. Vehicle-to-everything connectivity forms the basis for cooperative driving maneuvers, thereby permitting more proactive driving and an improved traffic flow.

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V2X connectivity solutions for commercial vehicles

Innovative technology for complex maneuvers: in the future, V2X connectivity solutions for commercial vehicles will not only permit communication with other vehicles and their surroundings or traffic infrastructure. Vehicle-to-everything communication also opens up entirely new opportunities for truck drivers: in a so-called platooning application, trucks travel in a perfectly coordinated convoy and thus benefit from slipstreaming. Driving in such a close platoon reduces the risk of accident, operating costs, and fuel consumption. Interruption of the platoon by other road users is also controlled by V2X communication and the corresponding maneuvers are forwarded to all vehicles. This makes it possible to close the gap and tighten the formation again at any time in order to resume the convoy.

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B2X connectivity for two-wheelers

Safety first: proactive driving is of major significance for motorcyclists. Yet some areas might reveal dangers which cannot be predicted. Other road users often do not see a two-wheeler until it is too late or not at all. Motorcycle-to-vehicle communication aims to make such situations a thing of the past. It ensures consistent communication between the two-wheeler and its surroundings. This enables riders to receive real-time data with information which is specifically tailored to their needs, making it possible for them to detect impending hazardous situations in time and to react accordingly. Other important services for two-wheelers enabled by connectivity solutions from Bosch include automatic emergency call (eCall), breakdown call (bCall), and information call (iCall).

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Vehicle management platform

As an enabler of the new cloud-based services, e.g. predictive diagnostics or fleet management, the vehicle management platform ensures secure access to vehicle data at all times. The software solution and its IT infrastructure offer an access and communication channel to the vehicle, thereby permitting remote firmware updates.

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Updates over the air

Always up to date: the Bosch "update over the air" service (OTA) makes it possible for vehicles to autonomously update their data or download the latest features. In this context, the update process is only run when the vehicle is in a safe and secure mode. Innovative technologies are transmitted reliably, new functions such as a lane departure warning assistant are added and are immediately available to the driver. The ongoing update process ensures constant optimization of the vehicle, thereby safeguarding mobility – and all of this entirely without necessitating a trip to the workshop.

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Connectivity control unit

High degree of efficiency and low operating costs: with the connectivity control unit from Bosch, fleet operators can concentrate in full on their everyday business. The system collates real-time data from commercial vehicles on the road and draws up utilization and productivity profiles for the fleet. Ongoing and secure monitoring as well as proactive diagnostics and maintenance also help to detect possible faults and remedy them at an early stage. For example, remote software updates can be initiated directly and thus come in handy for keeping the vehicle in an impeccable condition at all times.

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Safely connected

Bosch attributes top priority to safety – especially when in-vehicle electronics are assuming ever more responsibility. For several years now, Bosch and ETAS have been developing software for safety and security systems and for functional safety.

Connected vehicles will become central information hubs in the future. Numerous connected services, V2X communication and the internet of things hold various innovations in store for the automotive industry.

To prevent this transformation from becoming an open door for cyber-attacks and data abuse, Bosch and its ETAS and ESCRYPT subsidiaries are developing comprehensive solutions and multi-layer security concepts for a safe vehicle architecture.

Find out which system will continue to make you feel safe in the connected future.

Immune system for vehicles (CycurIDS)

The Bosch megacity vehicle with an electric powertrain shows how secure data exchange with the ESCRYPT solution is.

The Bosch megacity vehicle with an electric powertrain shows how secure data exchange with the ESCRYPT solution is.

Connected vehicles are subject to growing threats. Together with its ESCRYPT subsidiary, Bosch has developed the CycurIDS (intrusion detection system) for reliable protection against cyber-attacks on vehicles in the field. The solution is based on detecting potential attacks at network level. Once the system detects any irregularities or threats in in-vehicle communication, it forwards this information to a database in order to trigger the corresponding defense measures.

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