New Bosch digital cabin research and development center
German automotive supplier Bosch's car multimedia business unit has officially inaugurated a new Bosch digital cabin research and development center in Shanghai.
Located in Zhangjiang of the Pudong New Area, the 2,500-square-meter new R&D center will develop smart digital cabin products, such as information domain computers, driver and passenger monitoring systems and 5G-V2X (vehicle-to-everything) connectivity control units.
Bosch said the center will be the third of its kind in China, after the Bosch car multimedia R&D centers in Suzhou and Wuhu.
The company also said this will further enhance comprehensive software R&D capability, providing fast and quality engineering services for local customers.
“Looking at the automotive market in China from a global perspective, the country has been transforming into a pilot ground of technology innovations,” said Steffen Berns, president of Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH.
“China is an absolute pioneer, especially in the field of smart connectivity. Our new Bosch digital cabin R&D Center will help us strengthen Bosch's global competitiveness in this area.”
The company said its focus is on local research and development for the Chinese market. Furthermore, the center strives for innovation that can be brought to the global market.
As one of Bosch's key strategic markets, China has unique strengths in promoting smart connected vehicles with its V2X intelligent infrastructure and its emerging 5G technology.
The company will utilize its expertise in connectivity to continuously develop smart cockpit technologies and services, including 5G vehicle connectivity control units, to meet the domestic auto market’s rising needs.
Bosch said that it has developed a universal connectivity unit for all Wi-Fi-based and wireless-based transmission technologies used in V2X communication. This enables vehicles to communicate with each other and with traffic infrastructure, regardless of the country or manufacturer.
In the future, Bosch will run the entire human-machine interface through an information domain computer. The company said it will integrate more functionalities in a single central processing unit.
This will enable the convergence and synchronization of the infotainment system, the instrument cluster and other displays.
Moreover, over-the-air updates ensure that the infotainment computer and the entire human-machine interface can also be updated in real time similar to smartphones.