Bosch shows off its vision of the automotive future with a new concept vehicle at CES 2017.
Bosch's new concept car will attract a lot of attention at CES. Not only because of the emphatically futuristic design, but above all because of the technology that the vehicle will present to the trade show audience. Among other things, this is already apparent when the driver first gets into the car. A camera recognizes the driver's face. Allows for personalization. The car then adjusts the steering wheel, mirrors, interior temperature, and radio station to individual preferences, for example. The camera also serves safety by monitoring the driver's condition and alerting him or her if necessary.
Gesture control with haptic feedback
The concept vehicle also features gesture control with haptic feedback, which Bosch developed in collaboration with startup Ultra Haptics. The technology, he said, uses ultrasonic sensors that allow drivers to sense whether their hand is in the right area. Haptic feedback is supposed to make the buttons displayed on the touchscreens feel like realistic buttons. Infotainment applications can often be operated without having to look at the display. Also new in the concept car is a camera-based solution that replaces the two exterior mirrors. The video sensors are integrated into the vehicle interior, and the information is shown on displays near the right and left A-pillars. The digital technology enables a situation-based display. For example, when driving on the highway, the driver should be able to see further back, while in the city, a wider angle of vision ensures greater safety. Increased contrast also improves visibility when driving at night.
Automated driving at the touch of a button
Bosch believes that the human machine interface (HMI) will play an increasingly important role in cars in the future – especially for automated driving. The HMI notifies the driver, for example, as soon as automated driving is possible on a section of the route. When the driver hands over driving to the system by pressing a button on the steering wheel, the HMI shows him what the car's environmental sensors have detected and how much time is left before he has to take over the wheel again. During automated driving, more infotainment functionalities are available to the driver via the central display in the vehicle than when he is driving himself. Thanks to an Internet connection, the driver can now check upcoming appointments or plan purchases, for example. The smart home app also allows the driver to operate the shutters at home or turn the heating up or down while on the move. In addition, he could take a look inside his refrigerator. At the touch of a button, the app's shopping suggestion is quickly ordered from the delivery service. Can also be paid for directly via the ePayment solution developed by Bosch – for example, via PayPal.
Communication between car and bike or workshop
Thanks to vehicle-to-vehicle communication, the concept car would in future be informed about other road users long before they come into view. Bicycles in particular are easily overlooked in traffic because they are hidden by trucks or buses. At CES, Bosch is demonstrating a communication link between its new concept car and a bicycle. This enables both vehicles to permanently exchange their location and direction of travel. This reduces the risk of a collision. At CES 2017, Bosch will also be showing how the networked workshop, the "Connected Workshop," works in conjunction with Internet-based services and augmented reality applications. Drivers and garage operators could use it to plan garage visits more easily in the future, and service workflows could also be improved.