New concepts from Bosch: a vision for cars in 2021

HMI, autonomous driving, connectivity, and haptic touchscreens



A Bosch concept car makes its Japan debut:2021年のHMIのビジョンを占めす。

A Bosch concept car makes its Japan debut

 Bosch unveiled the concept car it showed at the January Consumer Electronics Show during a press conference in Tokyo on June 8, 2016. It represents Bosch’s vision for vehicles in 2021, and features a multimedia Human Machine Interface (HMI) that uses haptic touchscreens and liquid crystal displays, as well as advanced technologies for features like connectivity and autonomous driving.

 This report will introduce the new technologies incorporated in the concept car and connectivity technology. It will also look at new products that were exhibited by the company during the event.





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HMI Vision 2021: The car as a third living space

 Bosch expressed its vision for cars in 2021 with the concept car that it premiered at the January CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The car was designed as a third living space after the home and workplace with the following three key concepts:

1.No boundaries for communication
2.A car that protects passengers
4.Comprehensive HMI


Driver using a haptic touchscreen Extended display screen
Driver using a haptic touchscreen Extended display screen


Interaction between the car and the driver To minimize driver distractions, the right information is provided at the right time. The concept car has the dashboard and central console integrated into a large electric display. The driver is alerted to the approach of potential hazard in an unmistakable manner by means of the display and cabin lighting. The system can display the right information on the right screen by determining the driver’s line of sight. It also allows the driver to operate the display with gestures.
Automated driving Bosch foresees that it will be possible to switch to automated driving on highways. The driver can switch from manual to automated driving (or vice versa) by touching the tactile sensors on right and left sides of the steering wheel at the same time for three seconds or longer. When in automated mode, the car can be used as a living space where activities like conducting a telephone conference on the large display are possible.
Coordination with smart homes Bosch also envisages coordination between the car and smart home systems. The driver would be able to double-check if his/her home is securely locked, monitor it, and check if anyone came while the driver is away.
Haptic touchscreen A major problem associated with touchscreens is that the person controlling it must look at the screen to press the right button. This presents a danger when the driver is trying to operate buttons. Bosch has developed a haptic touchscreen to deal with this issue.
The device can generate different surface textures (rough, smooth, patterned, etc.) with each of them having a specific control function. The driver can keep his /her eyes on the road at all times as the buttons can be operated by tactile feel like ordinary physical buttons. They also must be pressed firmly to be operated. The representative said that the technical details could not be disclosed.
Bosch HMI Vision 2021 (Source: Bosch) Haptic touchscreen (Source: Bosch)
Bosch HMI Vision 2021 (Source: Bosch) Haptic touchscreen (Source: Bosch)

Connected mobility: A safer, more convenient, and efficient experience

コネクティッドホライズン(Source: Bosch) eCall: Automatic emergency call(Source: Bosch)
Connected Horizon(Source: Bosch) eCall: Automatic emergency call(Source: Bosch)


Connected Horizon: Looking ahead of the curve The car is connected to the cloud, which provides the latest information in real time, including detailed topographical data and road and traffic conditions. Additional information about remote areas can be attained to ensure efficient, safe driving. The driver can also be warned of slippery surfaces and other bad road conditions by using Electronic Stability Control (ESC) data from other vehicles. This contributes to enhanced safety as well as higher fuel efficiency, since the driver can select and follow the best route, while taking road conditions into consideration.
eCall:An automatic emergency notification system When a vehicle equipped with eCall detects a collision through sensors for airbags, the system automatically sends data about the accident including the vehicle information, time and place of the accident, etc.) to a Bosch operator. After confirming the information, the operator contacts the driver and, if necessary, requests rescue from the nearest emergency service like a fire department.
Bosch has deployed eCall systems, including operator services, in 41 countries worldwide. The eCall system in Japan is slated for launch by the end of 2016. Bosch also offers aftermarket eCall devices that are plugged in the onboard cigar socket and send data to a smartphone app via Bluetooth.
Cloud-based wrong-way driving alert This system determines that a vehicle is traveling in the wrong direction by analyzing position and direction information in the cloud with GPS. In addition to alerting the driver who is going in the wrong direction, the drivers of vehicles in the vicinity are also warned of the danger within 10 seconds. (A service exists where wrong-way driving warnings are provided by radio in countries like Germany).
The warning system can be integrated into existing infotainment systems and other such equipment. It will be made available in the United States and Europe by the end of 2016.
The networking of maintenance The condition of the car’s functioning components is monitored and analyzed in the cloud. If a sign of malfunction is detected, the information will be sent to the driver and a service shop. This gives the service shop enough time to prepare the necessary tools and parts, which helps reduce the time spent for repairs. The information may be sent to the automaker.


Wrong-way warning(Source: Bosch) Maintenance networking(Source: Bosch)
Wrong-way warning(Source: Bosch) Maintenance networking(Source: Bosch)


Cloud-based parking solution

Community-based parking It is said that one-third of the time spent driving in Germany cities is for finding a curbside parking space. Sensors on vehicle enrolled in the community-based parking service search for such parking spaces while driving, consolidates the information in the cloud, and creates a parking space map in real time. Drivers that use the service the can use the map to find a parking space.
Automated valet parking With this technology, the driver leaves their vehicle at the entrance to a parking lot, and it searches for a space and parks on its own.

(Source: Bosch)

(Source: Bosch)


An intelligent thermal management system for EVs and an active accelerator pedal

  Bosch unveiled its intelligent thermal management system for electric vehicles and an active gas (accelerator) pedal at the Exposition.


Intelligent thermal management for electric vehicles Active accelerator pedal
Intelligent thermal management for electric vehicles Active accelerator pedal


Intelligent thermal management for electric vehicles The Bosch thermal management system can increase the city range of electric vehicles in winter by up to 25 percent. This is achieved by using Bosch’s pumps and valves, which are 5 percent more efficient than those of competitors, and through system optimization. Electric power consumption is kept to a minimum by the innovative use of waste heat from the motor inverter for heating. Bosch is currently developing a new heat pump technology that will play a key role in thermal management.
Active accelerator pedal The active accelerator pedal was shown in Japan for the first time. It communicates with the driver through vibrations and other means. It provides feedback to the driver through means such as vibrating to warn of the danger of a collision, or by increasing pedal pressure when it has been overshot. Bosch claims that the active accelerator pedal can reduce fuel consumption of vehicles by up to 7 percent. The pedal is smaller and lighter (less than 650g) than those made by competitors. Bosch is currently selling the active accelerator pedal to automakers.
Maximum reaction force (constant): 15 N, response time: maximum of 200 ms, varieties of feedback: vibration, reaction force, and knocking. In an event of a motor malfunction, the pedal has a function to revert it to its idling position.

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