48-volt hybrid system – attractive powertrain choice for more drivers
At the Tokyo Motor Show, Bosch is displaying its 48-volt hybrid system. This entry-level electrification solution can achieve a 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption, while its electric boost feature enables more dynamic acceleration. Where conventional hybrids are based on 400 volts, the 48-volt system can be made with components that cost a fraction of the price of those used in high-voltage hybrid models.
The prototype on display at the Tokyo Motor Show features a more powerful motor generator compared to the first generation. Since this is connected directly to the transmission rather than to the internal combustion engine, it enables the electric motor to drive the wheels independently. This feature makes it possible to include functions such as a remote-controlled parking assistant that uses power from the electric motor, as well as a fully automated driving function at low speeds –in stop-and-go traffic, for example. In addition to the 48-volt hybrid system, Bosch is also displaying its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) solutions, as well as other innovations such as electric clutch system and active pedals.
Improved safety and a more relaxed drive – "mobility station" featuring products and technologies for driver assistance and automated driving
To improve road safety and make driving more relaxed for even more drivers, Bosch has spent many years working on the development of safety systems. It has premiered a number of innovative safety systems: to name just a few, the world's first electronically controlled antilock braking system (ABS) debuted in 1978, production of electronic stability control (ESC) began in 1995, and radar sensors in 2000 which are used for driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control and emergency braking system. For more than 35 years, therefore, Bosch has been leading the development of technologies that help make driving safer and more relaxed. Now, by helping to make automated driving a reality, Bosch is making driving even safer and more relaxed. The current trend toward automated driving is also a powerful growth driver for Bosch. Bosch's sales in the field of driver assistance are currently growing by a third every year, and are on course to exceed 1 billion euros in 2016. Over the past two years, the number of engineers at Bosch working to develop the driver assistance systems that are fundamental to automated driving has also increased by more than 700, to around 2,000 associates. At the Tokyo Motor Show, a "mobility station" will offer visitors an integrated presentation of the Bosch technologies that contribute to automated driving.
Two approaches to connectivity
When it comes to connecting cars with the internet, Bosch pursues two main approaches. The first is to use drivers' smartphones. Bosch's integrated mySPIN solution allows smartphones to link up with the vehicle's infotainment system. A wide range of apps can then be conveniently operated from the vehicle's central display. Second, Bosch offers the connectivity control unit (CCU), which functions as a command center to connect the vehicle with the external environment via the internet. This CCU makes it possible for cars to feature functions such as automatic emergency notification, remote diagnosis, distribution of music, video and other data, and fleet management. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Bosch will exhibit these two approaches to making driving safer and more relaxed.
Product portfolio covering the entire two-wheeler market
In April 2015, Bosch established the new business unit "Two-wheeler and Powersports". Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, it is responsible for all business related to two-wheelers and powersports vehicles, including safety systems, powertrain technologies, and devices for infotainment and connectivity. The portion of the two wheeler and powersports market relevant for Bosch is expected to double over the next five years, and Bosch aims to become a leading supplier here as well, just as it is in the automotive market. Bosch has already become the market leader in two-wheeler safety systems. Since the launch of its first motorcycle ABS in 1995, it has produced around 2 million motorcycle ABS units. Bosch's extensive product portfolio covers the entire two-wheeler market, from low-end models to high-powered machines with displacements greater than 1,000 cc. A model bike on display at the Tokyo Motor Show demonstrates how wide the current Bosch portfolio is.
Bosch press conference
|Date and time||Thursday, October 29, 12:00 to 12:15|
|Venue||Tokyo Big Sight E5204 (East hall)|
|Speaker||Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management,|
Robert Bosch GmbH
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