A Preview of Bosch’s IoT Projects on Display at CES 2019
Other Technologies on Display
Electric Vehicle Charging Guidance: Though electric vehicles are a greener alternative to vehicles with internal combustion engines, they inspire anxiety in drivers worried they’ll end up stranded by the side of the road with a dead battery. To help deal with that fear, Bosch is debuting a service known as Convenience Charging with an Audi A3 e-tron that integrates navigation with charging. The service will notify drivers exactly how much charge they have left and where the nearest charging location is. To determine how much charge is left, the system draws data from within the electric powertrain in the vehicle as well as from environmental data. The service will also enable drivers to order food that is delivered to a reserved charging station.
Cloud-Based Warning System for Wrong-Way Drivers: In the United States, each year there are roughly 355 who are killed from drivers traveling against the flow of traffic, according to Wikipedia. Known as wrong-way driving, the problem is notoriously difficult to stop. To help tackle the problem, Bosch created a cloud-based system that sends a smartphone warning to the driver traveling in the wrong direction as well as notifies surrounding drivers. A video showing a version of the technology in 2015 also showcased its ability to immobilize the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction.
A High-Res, Evolving Picture of Road Details: A technology known as “electronic horizon” gathers data on road features such as the incline or the angle of a turn. Such data is not just helpful for improving traditional vehicle safety, it can also help self-driving vehicles fine-tune their coordinates within a lane. To that end, Bosch is working to develop a more advanced version of the electronic horizon that will provide precise geometrical information of each lane of traffic and the surrounding 3D infrastructure.
In addition, Bosch is working to weave in predictive data on road conditions based on weather information from the Finnish firm Foreca. As more connected vehicles begin to hit the roads, Bosch will integrate such predictive data with data gathered by the vehicles.