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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Bosch partners with APCOA to offer driverless parking in garages across Germany
    Bosch has partnered with APCOA to offer driverless parking in 15 parking garages in Germany, it said in a press release on 23 January. The automated and driverless SAE Level 4 parking system will begin operations in 2023. “We will expand the number of such parking spaces based on the expected ramp-up of vehicles featuring automated valet parking. Our experience with charge spots for electric vehicles shows us how important it is for infrastructure growth to keep pace with the technology. To...
    Bosch to set up R&D, manufacturing plants for EV components in China
    Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch Group, plans to build research and development (R&D) and manufacturing facilities to design and produce core components for electric vehicles (EVs) and automated driving technologies, the company announced on 12 January 2023. The company said it has signed an investment agreement with Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee, mainland China, in this regard. According to the agreement, the establish...
    Highlights from CES 2023
    Connected car highlights from CES 2023 The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 5–8 January. Organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the annual event has become one of the biggest electronics shows in the world since the first edition in 1967. Participants span across various industries and countries, including automakers, consumer electronics companies, and suppliers, all showcasing new and innovative products and technologies. Giv...
    Bosch updates on 6G-ICAS4Mobility project
    In a press release dated 28 December, Bosch has updated about the publicly funded 6G-based mobility project which it is leading. The 6G-ICAS4Mobility project aims to interconnect the communication and radar systems, which currently run separately, and integrate them into a single 6G system. Over the next three years, the project will develop foundations of the future 6G standard. The Bosch-led consortium of universities, automotive suppliers, communication and radar makers, and drone provider...
    Bosch Global Software Technologies opens smart campus in Hyderabad, India for smart mobility
    Bosch Global Software Technologies has inaugurated its new smart campus in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, which will focus on automotive engineering and digital enterprise, Business Standard reported on 14 December. The company aims to raise the workforce of 3,000 professionals by 2025 for the center. “We believe that with our presence in Hyderabad, BGSW will be able to bring software centric innovation to products for both Indian and global markets of Bosch,” said Kiran Sundara R...
    CES 2023: Bosch to showcase new occupant safety, infotainment, and ADAS solutions
    Bosch will showcase automotive products across infotainment, autonomous driving and interior solutions at the CES 2023, it said in a press release dated 14 December. The Off-zone Crash Detection system for vehicles uses a wide range of sensor data and a new software algorithm to detect additional previously uncaptured crash scenarios, which occur during lane changes, merging, and crossing intersections. Vehicle dynamics control 2.0 smart control concept uses actuators of different vehicle domain...
    Bosch, Mercedes-Benz’s driverless parking system gets nod for commercial use
    Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved Bosch and Mercedes-Benz’s highly automated parking system for use in the P6 parking garage run by APCOA at Stuttgart Airport, a company press release dated 30 November read. It becomes the world’s first highly automated driverless parking function to SAE Level 4 to be officially approved for commercial use. “We are extremely pleased to have successfully developed a connected system for driverless and contactless parking to...
    Bosch, IBM team up to deploy quantum computing for joint R&D on battery materials, fuel cells
    Automotive component major Bosch and IBM have announced on 9 November 2022 that the two companies are partnering on a strategic quantum computing engagement focused on battery materials, fuel cells, electric vehicle propulsion systems, advanced sensor materials, among other areas. According to the official media announcement by IBM, Bosch will also join the IBM Quantum Network as part of this engagement, wherein experts from both the companies will work jointly to investigate and further deve...
    Longli partners with Bosch to supply in-vehicle screens in order worth USD421 million
    Longli Technology will partner with Robert Bosch to supply Bosch with in-vehicle screens for an order worth USD421 million, Yicai Global reported on 17 October. The order has a period of nine years. The mainland Chinese company will supply the Bosch with mini-LED backlight modules for vehicles between 2025 and 2033. Significance: The mini-LED backlight modules developed by Longli will be integrated in the vehicles’ dashboards, central control systems, air-conditioning, and rear-view mirrors...
    Bosch starts production of electrohydraulic iBooster braking systems at Japanese plant
    German auto parts manufacturer Bosch announced via press release on 20 September that it had started production of its iBooster and iBooster Compact electrohydraulic braking systems at its plant in Tochigi, Japan. According to the press release, the iBooster electrohydraulic braking system: Is capable of coping with no or less engine manifold vacuum, making it suitable for electric and hybrid vehicles Enables excellent energy recuperation Enables high levels of braking functionality...
    Bosch plans to acquire radio frequency specialist ItoM
    According to Bosch’s press release announcement on 22 September 2022, Bosch has planned to acquire the Netherlands-based radio frequency specialist ItoM. Bosch is growing its team of ‘System on chip’ (SoC) specialists. SoC, or special semiconductors, are being employed more often in the control systems for the automobile sector. The technology company seeks to bolster its development competence for high-frequency processing SoC with the anticipated purchase of Semiconductor Ideas to the...
    Bosch commences volume production of new electric drivetrains for LCVs
    German automotive component supplier Bosch has started volume production of a new electric drive unit for electric light commercial vehicles, including vans, the company announced on 15 September 2022. The all-new electric drive unit consists of an electric motor and an integrated inverter wherein the inverter controls the electric motor and provides the connection to the high-voltage battery, it said. Commenting on the new product, Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management and...
    Centralizing E/E architectures: The key to efficient integrated chassis control
    Over the last few years developments in the driving assistance and automation feature market have driven demands for a new generation of automotive controllers that are able to process, analyze, and communicate increasingly large amounts of complex real-time data rapidly, efficiently, and flawlessly. A progressive electronification of vehicle systems, meanwhile, has led to the penetration of by-wire chassis systems equipped with electronic control units (ECUs) that process information fed fro...
    Bosch to setup new R&D facility to develop, test future automotive technology in Hungary
    According to a report published by Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency on 12 September 2022, the foundation stone was laid at Bosch's new 3,500 square meter building complex in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. The new facility will house 200 engineers tasked with researching and testing technology linked to autonomous driving, e-mobility, and artificial intelligence (AI). The EUR11.4 million (USD11.5 million) project will be carried out in close proximity to ZalaZone, Hungary's signature testing grou...
    Bosch to lead GAIA-X 4 moveID project for secure mobility data exchange
    Bosch has announced that it is a part of the GAIA-X 4 moveID project, according to a press release on 8 September. The project will see an investment of around EUR28 million (USD27.9 million), of which EUR14 million will be provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. GAIA-X 4 moveID project is to develop a standard for communication between vehicles and their surroundings. Over the next three years, the GAIA-X 4 moveID project will develop standards and te...
    Mitsubishi Electric, Bosch to dissolve Japanese JV
    Mitsubishi Electric, in a joint statement with Bosch on 1 September, has announced the termination of operations of their joint venture (JV), Nippon Injector Corporation, by the end of 2025. The JV would be subsequently dissolved. Nippon Injector was established in 1986 and has developed over 300 million gasoline fuel injectors for various global OEMs. Significance: The companies said the winding up of operations is related to the automotive industry making a technological shift tow...
    Huber+Suhner to supply Bosch with radar antennas for automated driving
    Bosch has selected HUBER+SUHNER as a partner for the development and manufacturing of antennas, which are used in radar sensors for assisted and automated driving, according to a press release by Huber+Suhner on 31 August 2022. The company said in the press release, “With this nomination, HUBER+SUHNER has reached another milestone in the implementation of its growth strategy in the automotive market. In 2021, the company was already able to start series production for the supply of radar an...
    Bosch India partners with PTV Group for connected mobility
    Bosch has partnered with PTV Group to work on connected mobility in India, BusinessLine reported on 29 August. Under the agreement, companies on Bosch’s Mobility Marketplace will have access to PTV Group’s mobility and logistics solutions. “India faces many challenges here, but also has much potential. Our new partnership with Bosch India offers various opportunities. Bosch has great automotive domain expertise and an extensive network of customers. We are looking forward to joining for...
    How is the global semiconductor shortage impacting thermal and powertrain suppliers?
    The global automotive industry reported a semiconductor shortage for the first time in the second half of calendar year (CY) 2020. That was the time when major automakers, which were looking to scale up production and revive industrial activities across the automotive supply chains, struggled to secure necessary supplies of mainly electronic and electrical components powered by the semiconductors. As demand for household appliances including consumer electronics and white goods, and cars witn...
    Bosch appoints new leadership team for Mobility Solutions business
    Global automotive supplier Bosch announced on 19 July 2022 that the company is planning to restructure its ‘Mobility Solutions’ business into a business division with profit and loss responsibility with effect from 1 January 2023. Bosch further said that the company is appointing a new management team, which will be responsible for the ‘Mobility Solutions’ business and all its sub-divisions with effect from 1 October 2022. It added that the chairman of the new sector board will be Dr....
    Gapwaves partners with Bosch to develop automotive radar antennas
    Gapwaves has partnered with Bosch, under which the companies will develop high-resolution radar antennas for automotive vehicle applications for automated driving, the former said in a press release on 22 July. The contract is expected to have a sales value of a high double-digit million-euro range over the next decade. “The agreement with Bosch again confirms that Gapwaves antenna technology is a key component to enable a radar sensor for the higher levels of automated driving. Furthe...
    Airtel tests 5G private network at Bosch Automotive Electronics India facility
    Bharti Airtel (Airtel) has successfully undergone a 5G private network trial at Bosch Automotive Electronics India (RBAI) facility in Bengaluru, India, BusinessLine reported on 15 July. The article also stated that the telecom company is reportedly in talks with at least two other manufacturers—an automaker and a mobile handset manufacturer, to provide similar 5G captive private network. “Airtel is committed to India’s digital transformation and supporting the development of its enterpr...
    Bosch looks to reorganize Mobility Solutions business
    Bosch is set to reorganize its Mobility solutions business in order to offer customized technologies and solutions from a single source, it said in a 19 July press release. The reorganization will come into effect from 1 January 2023. Bosch is planning to reorganize its Mobility Solutions business into a ‘business sector with profit and loss responsibility’. Markus Heyn will be the chairman of the new sector board. Significance: Bosch also said that Andreas Dempf will retain his position ...
    ITK Engineering, Bosch build new automotive technologies development campus in Germany
    ITK Engineering and Bosch Engineering have unveiled a new development campus in Holzkirchen, Germany to develop e-mobility and autonomous solutions, according to a company press release on 12 July. “The new Holzkirchen campus gives us the ideal environment to set new standards as an international development partner in the field of software and system development. The Munich metropolitan region provides us with great opportunities to connect with partners and thereby advance the technology ...
    Webasto, Bosch demonstrate self-driving vehicle prototype at Startup Autobahn EXPO 2022 in Germany
    Webasto and Bosch have announced that they are going to unveil a new jointly developed autonomous driving prototype at Plug and Play’s EXPO2022 “Startup Autobahn” innovation platform in Stuttgart, Germany, according to a press release by Webasto on 4 July 2022. Webasto has incorporated 25 Bosch sensors, as well as several more functions, into the roof of a joint technology demonstrator. “In comparison with robo-taxi prototypes currently on the market, we are able to significantly redu...
    German authority allows cooperation between Bosch and Volkswagen on automated driving
    German authority Bundeskartellamt will not initiate a proceeding against Bosch and Volkswagen on their partnership to advance automated driving, it said in an official release on 4 July. “Automated driving is one of the most exciting future-related topics in the automotive industry. We are currently seeing various players racing to find the most innovative solutions in research on this future technology. It is the Bundeskartellamt’s task to maintain competition even at the research and de...
    Qt partners with Bosch to launch HMI software framework for digital cockpits
    Qt has announced that Bosch will deploy its unified cross-platform HMI design and development framework so that automakers will have the tools necessary to create digital cockpits, a company press release on 21 June read. “Due to evolving customer demands for digital experience in automotive, Qt is pleased to now be able to announce a collaboration with Bosch that will offer their customers a solution-ready digital cockpit. This new approach will enable consumers to have access to the advan...
    Can new chassis technologies and materials help OEMs meet future emission standards?
    While countries such as the US, Japan, and mainland China have been enforcing fuel economy standards for over a decade to drive down domestic fuel consumption levels, concerns over climate change and continuously rising global average temperatures have led governments around the world to redouble efforts in cutting down domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to levels prescribed by the 2015 Paris Agreement. The initiative has driven regulatory agencies to roll out increasingly strict vehicle em...
    Bosch Global Software Technologies opens new software center in Vietnam
    Bosch Global Software Technologies (BGSW) celebrated the opening of new software center in Hanoi, Vietnam, marking its official start of the operation, according to a report published by Vietnam Economic News on 7 June 2022. BGSW will increase efforts for regional development, advanced technological exploration, and developing solutions and services to address the diverse demands of the country's market with the new Hanoi Center. By 2025, both the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City centers are projec...
    Bosch SDS, Rightware partner to accelerate automotive user experience and HMI
    Bosch SDS and Finland-based automotive software company Rightware have partnered to design and develop next-generation in-vehicle user experiences, Business This Week reported on 3 June.   Derek Sellin, vice president of marketing and head of The Kanzi Partner Program, Rightware, said, “Bosch SDS is a welcome addition to our vibrant ecosystem. This partnership will help automakers improve the customer experience with highly customized user interfaces. As an early adopter of Kanzi One, ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the future of light vehicle (LV) steering technology owing to advances in vehicle electrical architectures and semiconductor-based, integrated controller performance as well as the gradual penetration of dri...
    Bosch makes strategic investment in Chinese autonomous mobility startup WeRide
    WeRide, an autonomous driving technology company has announced the strategic investment received from Bosch, according to a report published by GlobeNewswire on 25 May 2022. The company did not disclose the amount of investment. The two organizations have signed an agreement to work together on developing software for autonomous driving (AD). This partnership will speed up the development of Bosch China's advanced driving solution, which will bring SAE Level 2-3 AD closer to mass production. ...
    Bosch forays into USD14.8 billion hydrogen electrolysis market
    German conglomerate Bosch plans to enter the components business for hydrogen electrolysis and has line up investments to the tune of EUR500 million (USD528 million) in this new area of business by end 2030, the company said on 4 May 2022. It added that half of the earmarked investments would be made by the time of market launch, which is planned for 2025. The company said that it is already supplying the stack, the core of the hydrogen electrolysis system, which combines with power electroni...
    COVID-19: Bosch halts production at two plants in China
    German auto parts supplier Bosch has suspended production at two of its manufacturing facilities complying with locally enforced COVID-19 restrictions, Reuters reported on 12 April. The affected plants include Thermotechnology factory in Shanghai and an automotive components site in Changchun in northeastern Jilin province. Bosch said in a statement, "We are currently seeing temporary effects on logistics and supply chain sourcing. In this situation, we are doing everything we can to maint...
    Bosch to acquire self-driving startup FIVE to advance software development for autonomous driving
    Bosch has announced that the company has signed an agreement at the beginning of April to acquire self-driving car startup Five to strengthen its software development for automated driving systems, according to Bosch’s press release on 12 April 2022. The company has not disclosed the financial details of the acquisition. The company press release said that both companies share a common vision of automated driving and of safe automated driving systems. The software building blocks in Bo...
    Bosch Global Software Technologies sets up new center in Pune, India
    Bosch Global Software Technologies (BGSW) has unveiled its new centre in Pune, India to develop automotive solutions, Business Standard reported on 7 April. The center will begin operations later this month. BGSW will hire around 1,500 professionals in the first year of its operations. By 2023 the company will look to build connected products and solutions for automotive and digital core enterprise domains. “As the motor city of India, Pune also provides the added advantage of bringing BGSW...
    Bosch, Mitsubishi partner Blue Pack Smart Energy to begin battery swap pilot project in China
    German automotive supplier Bosch, Mitsubishi Corporation have partnered China-based battery-swap service provider Blue Park Smart Energy (BPSE) to focus on creating innovative solutions around Battery as a Service (BaaS), Bosch said on 1 April 2022. Notably, BPSE, which is a part of the BAIC Group, saw the South Korean battery maker SK Innovation acquire close to 13% stake in it last year. The three companies are joining forces to begin a pilot project on business models for efficient batt...
    Bosch acquires 14% stake in India-based deep tech startup Zeliot Connected Services
    Bosch Ltd. has acquired a 14% of minority stake in a Bengaluru based deep tech startup Zeliot Connected Services, according to a report published by Mint on 1 April 2022. Bosch has invested heavily in the connected mobility environment and is developing a digital mobility ecosystem that focuses heavily on safety and sustainability. Bosch's presence in the mobility environment is likely to grow as a result of the investment, which will include offers on digital platforms for customized and con...
    How the new NHTSA ruling for autonomous cars impacts the wider chassis systems market
    On 10 March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency that develops and enforces the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) regulations relevant to vehicles sold in the United States, updated the 200-series occupant protection standards to account for autonomous vehicles that do not have the traditional manual controls associated with a human driver. This change came a month after General Motors (GM) sent a petition on behalf of its self-driving subsidiary C...
    Bosch, Mercedes-Benz demonstrate automated valet parking at Los Angeles Downtown hotel
    Bosch and Mercedes-Benz demonstrated an automated valet parking system at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, according to an official press release on 20 March 2022. The demonstration uses the INTELLIGENT PARK PILOT within the Mercedes-Benz EQS and integrates operation with the smartphone app. Demonstrations were held at the InterContinental Downtown Los Angeles Hotel, an 889-room property located in the tallest building west of Chicago. EQS will be used to demonstrate automated valet par...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Bosch suspends production in Ukraine
    Bosch decided to suspend its production in Ukraine, Pledge Times reported on 9 March. The suspension is in line with many other manufacturers and suppliers who have taken a similar approach to ensure employee safety and on the back of shortages of components from supply chain constraints. Bosch has been operating in the region since 1993. Significance: Bosch manufactures a wide range of automotive spares, components, software, and energy-saving equipment, among other products, at the Ukr...
    Bosch Mexico invests USD79 million to install new braking system manufacturing line at Aguascalientes
    The Mexican subsidiary of automotive supplier Bosch announced via a press release on 25 November that it would be investing USD79 million to install and commission a new production line for its Integrated Power Brake (IPB) system. President of Bosch Mexico, Rene Schlegel, stated, “This major investment strengthens our Mobility business with another state-of-the-art component and confirms our commitment to our Aguascalientes plant to produce life-saving technology.” Significance: T...
    Bosch Mexico invests USD146 million to expand power steering production at Queretaro
    Mexican subsidiary of German automotive supplier Bosch announced via a press release on 3 February that it would be investing USD146 million to expand the capacity of its Queretaro electric power steering manufacturing plant. According to the press release, the investment involves installing high-tech production lines at a 12,000-square-meter warehouse at the plant. The expansion is expected to create 400 new jobs at the site. President of Bosch Mexico, Rene Schlegel, stated, “...
    Bosch acquires map specialist Atlatec
    Bosch has announced the acquisition of Atlatec GmbH, it said in a press release on 24 February. Atlatec will become part of the Bosch Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division as an independently operated company. The consideration for the deal was not disclosed. “The planned acquisition of Atlatec further expands our expertise in the field of high-resolution digital maps and makes us even more diversified. It makes Bosch the only company that can offer its customers all the necessary build...
    Bosch to invest USD280.13 million to expand semiconductor production in Reutlingen
    Bosch announced plans to further expand its wafer fab in Reutlingen, Germany with an investment of EUR250 million (USD280.13) to establish new production space and essential clean-room facilities between now and 2025, the company said in a press release on 22 February. According to Bosch, this new facility is expected to cater to the growing demand for chips used in mobility and IoT applications. Dr. Stefan Hartung, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, said, “We are sys...