»China's automotive industry is in a phase of fast-paced development. Smart connected mobility and automated driving are on track to becoming part of our daily lives«, said Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.
As the government rolls out its nationwide smart connected driving strategy and given the young average age of car buyers in China, the demand for smart vehicles is rising. The explosion in the number of mobile internet users has also accelerated the pace at which the Chinese market for Internet-connected vehicles has grown. In addressing these trends, at the start of this year, Bosch established a new global Connected Mobility Solutions division to meet the increasingly diversified requirements for connected mobility services. China is a strategic market for growth for the new entity.
Building on Bosch's wealth of experience and proven accomplishments in the fields of vehicle technology and mobility, the new division will expand mobility options that are more suited to China's current driving conditions. This will include smart parking solutions, predictive diagnostics based on deep data mining, as well as advanced fleet management systems.
Connected mobility is just one potential field of growth for Bosch in China, however. At China Auto Show, the company is presenting complete powertrain solutions to demonstrate a one-stop solution in the field of electrification. With an energy-saving and efficient intelligent thermal management system, a vehicle's heat flow can be effectively managed, extending the range of an electric vehicle and ensuring comfort of the driver and passengers. Bosch's latest powertrain solution innovatively integrates the motor, power and transmission components into a compact unit that directly drives the car’s axle – the eAxle. Bosch sells this electric axle drive to a wide range of customers – to established automakers and start-ups alike. Here, Bosch customers also benefit from the company’s global research and engineering network. The latter allows the company to carry out projects in China flexibly and close to its customers. Bosch driver assistance systems have already been installed in cars made by 24 Chinese auto brands. These are paving the way for automated driving in China. Bosch’s automated driving team in China continues to work actively with a number of domestic automakers on Level 2 automated technology.