From Feb. 27 to March 2, Bosch will be showcasing smart IoT solutions at the Mobility World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona. The global supplier of technology and services is presenting innovative solutions at the trade show for connected mobility and sensor technology. These technologies make everyday life easier, more comfortable and safer. Bosch will be located in the Hall 6 at booth 6E20.
The car is becoming the third living space
Alongside home and work, connectivity is turning the car into the third living space. With the help of personalized communication between the car and the driver, increasingly high-performance and comprehensive services will be safe to operate in the future as well. By 2022, the global market for connected mobility is set to grow by almost 25 percent per year.
In just a few years, cars will become an active part of the IoT and will be able to communicate with other modes of transportation as well as with the smart home. The car also can be seen as a personal assistant. Automated driving will soon give drivers more time to dedicate to other tasks. For instance, drivers and passengers will be able to use time spent in the car to write e-mails, or entertain themselves with streamed music or videos.
At MWC 2017, Bosch is presenting a concept car that shows how different spheres of life will be seamlessly interconnected in the future beyond the vehicle itself. Personalized communication between the car and its driver also will be expanded. The Bosch Forward ShowCar comprises a broad range of innovative technologies: The Driver Monitoring Camera makes face recognition and personalization possible from the moment the driver is in the car. For instance, the car sets the steering wheel, mirrors, interior temperature and radio station according to the driver’s personal preferences. The concept car also includes the first-ever gesture control with haptic feedback, that uses ultrasound sensors that sense whether the driver’s hand is in the correct place. Thanks to the touchscreen with haptic feedback, the buttons that appear on the touchscreen feel like real buttons. Drivers can thus keep their eyes on the road, and this improves safety. The Mirror Cam System is a camera-based solution that replaces both exterior mirrors. The video sensors can be integrated into the vehicle interior, and images are shown on displays close to the A-pillars on the right and left sides of the car.
Perfectly Keyless: the car key safe in your smartphone
More applications are being geared around the mobile phone, to make life easier and more personalized for users. Keyless entry is just another example of personalization: Perfectly Keyless is a user-centric vehicle access system that offers the driver full passive entry and passive start functionality using the smartphone as a digital car key. With the encrypted digital key on the phone, the vehicle can be unlocked and started without any interaction. When approaching the vehicle, the system will automatically identify the secret key on the smartphone and perform a distance measurement: within a specified range to the car (approximately two meters), the access is allowed. In a similar way, starting of the car is only permitted if Perfectly Keyless localizes the mobile device inside the car.
New functions are connecting the car to its environment, Bosch is working on the integration of smart services into the vehicle. When communicating with its surroundings, the car also takes on important tasks in the connected city. For instance, with community-based parking, the car is becoming a parking space locator. When driving down the road, the car detects gaps between parked cars with its on-board sensors. The data gathered is then transmitted to a digital street map. High-performance Bosch algorithms assess the plausibility of the data and make forecasts on the parking spot situation. A cloud-based service that uses this data to create a real-time parking map, saves the driver time and money, and also helps reduce stress, as well as traffic, when looking for a parking space. In cooperation with Mercedes-Benz, Bosch is currently testing the community-based parking concept in the city of Stuttgart and in other European cities.
Cloud-based wrong-way driver warning
Traffic reports about wrong-way drivers are an all-too-familiar occurrence. Often, these incidents lead to critical situations, including serious accidents. At present, traffic is warned via the traffic message channel. Here the average time span between receipt of the notification and the broadcast alert is around three and a half to four minutes. However, it takes several minutes for warnings to be broadcasted over the radio, and so the endangered road users are often warned a few decisive minutes too late. The new Bosch cloud-based wrong-way driver warning alerts the driver and the endangered road users within seconds much faster and more precise. To detect wrong-way driving, the algorithm compares when a vehicle is approaching a highway entrance ramp or exit ramp and the vehicle’s actual movements with the permitted direction of travel. If the two sets of information clash, the wrong-way driver is alerted to their error. At the same time, drivers of oncoming vehicles also are warned. The function relies on regular, anonymized reporting of each vehicle’s position on highway entrances to the cloud. The more connected vehicles there are, the denser the invisible safety net and the more road users can be alerted of wrong-way drivers. The wrong-way driver warning system is available as in-app functionality as a smartphone version. This app can be integrated as part of a software development kit into pre-existing apps from other partner applications or into automobile manufacturers’ infotainment solutions.
Learn more about Bosch and its work in IoT here.