"It is our ambition to shape the mobility of the future across the board. This includes ensuring that there will be no car without Bosch tomorrow," said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, during his keynote address today. "In this context, electromobility is becoming a core business for us, and CO2-free mobility a growth area. We are turning challenges into opportunities - that is our path."
Automated driving is another key growth area for the supplier, making it one of Bosch's focal points at IAA MOBILITY. "For automated driving, Bosch masters all disciplines. We are pursuing a strategy of supplying all the essential elements from a single source: Central control units, sensors and networking," said Dr. Stefan Hartung, Bosch board of management member and chairman of the Mobility Solutions division. More than 5,000 engineers at Bosch are working on this, he said. In 2020 alone, he said, some 1,000 patent applications had been added. By 2025, the company expects several million vehicles and a good 1,000 parking garages worldwide to have mastered "automated valet parking."
With the Bosch Showcar, the technology and service company is demonstrating the variety of applications of intelligent central computers in future electronic architectures of vehicles with various assistants and connectivity solutions. In a live demonstration, Bosch and project partners will present the future of parking. In Automated Valet Parking, jointly developed by Bosch and Mercedes-Benz, cars drive into the assigned parking space without a driver on smartphone command, without the driver having to monitor the maneuver. An intelligent parking garage infrastructure and vehicle technology play together to achieve this. Also new is a flexible charging cable with integrated control and safety technology that weighs a good 40 percent less on average than conventional charging cables and, thanks to adapters for Type 2 and household plugs, does not require a second cable. Bosch will also be presenting new connected biking solutions and enabling visitors to experience the fun of riding with its drive systems on a test drive.
IAA visitors will find Bosch in Exhibition Hall B3, Booth C30, and in the Bike Hall in Messeparkhaus West at the Summit, as well as in the city center at Königs- and Odeonsplatz in the Open Space and the Blue Lane Micro in Brienner Straße.