Future Market: Bosch received orders for car computers for billions of euros


In modern cars, the intellectual component is of great importance, and Bosch’s side computers provide it to the fullest. These new universal automotive electronics devices include more and more functions of individual control units in central, high-power electronic modules. For more than a year, serial cars are equipped with bosch onboard computers that control the functions of the driver’s help system and movement control. Soon they will join the central computers to control the cabin and electronics of the body.

In fact, no other company can offer such a wide portfolio of finished computers for all aspects of modern cars like Bosch. From the point of view of business, this direction is very profitable. Only from last summer Bosch received orders for automotive computers by 2.5 MDRD. Euro.

«Car computers have a huge business potential for Bosch. Thanks to them, now automakers are considering us as one of their leading engineering partners, «says Harald Kröger, a member of the Robert Bosch GmbH.

In an effort to strengthen and expand its leading role in electronic systems with intensive use of software, Bosch puts car computers on the central place in this process. The market of such systems is estimated at about 20 billion euros, until 2030, it will increase annually by 15%. It is in order to be able to satisfy such a demand, in January 2021 the new Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division will begin its work and its 17,000 employees. In this division, Bosch combines its hardware and software development for automotive computers, sensors and control units for all transport domains.

Automotive electronics picks up a form for the future

In the future, high-performance control blocks will become the mandatory attribute of all cars. In these central nodes, the entire «nervous system» of the car converge. Due to its huge computing power in several billion operations per second, the central computers are capable of processing even large data necessary for autonomous driving, data based services, and permanent software updates.

According to McKinsey, the share of the significance of the software for the car will grow from 10% today to 30% in the future. This development emphasizes how important for vehicles in the future there will be bits and bytes. Therefore, car computers capable of working with such software features and amounts of data will soon become standard for all cars, whether small cars, premium sedans or 40-ton trucks.

Bosch develops computers for the cabin and connecting to the Internet, for the help of the driver and autonomous driving systems, as well as for power plants and body electronics. This means that the management of all central functions of the car can be concentrated only in several high-performance central computers.

Take, for example, the development of Bosch as a computer for the information environment. In the next generation of cars, he will take over the tasks that are now performed by the entire ten control units. Today, cars are often equipped with more than one hundred control blocks, and this development will allow automakers to significantly reduce their number.

«Car computers are the key to a significant decrease in the complexity of electronic systems, and to make them as safer as possible,» says the crurch. — «Moreover, the installation of more centralized high-performance computers will save on electrical wiring, and therefore reduce cost, weight and mounting space.»

In the avant-garde of automotive electronics

In the coming years, car computers will perform tasks from different parts of the car — or domains, as experts call them. When this happens, only one central computer will be responsible for control not only the movement of the car, but also, say, the body electronics. Then such central computers will be even more powerful: over the past 20 years, the computational power of the control unit, originally intended for navigation, has grown 3000 times. It is almost three times more than being projected by the Moore law, which states that computing power doubles every two years. As a result, a modern on-board computer can manage not only displays, entertainment systems and voice commands, but also by other tasks, for example, certain auxiliary functions.

«Bosch car computers will allow you to master even very complex driving functions in separate car domains,» says Dr. Matias Pillin (Mathias Pillin), President of the new Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division since January 2021. The name of the new division is not accidental. Here, under the same roof, Bosch will combine its own capabilities in the field of software, electrical engineering and electronic engineering from such areas as helping the driver and autonomous driving, car multimedia system, power plants and body electronics

Modular system provides business potential

Bosch offers automotive computers as a scalable solution containing the necessary electronic system, including equipment and software, for all requirements and conditions. The ultimate goal is to build software architecture and systems for the entire car, in which all central computers, sensors and control units are ideally compatible with each other. The advantage of such a modular design for automakers is that it gives them additional flexibility when developing automotive computers for various car models.

If a fundamental architecture has been identified for hardware and software, the computer can be designed in accordance with the wishes of the customer. For a premium car, additional functions can be provided by adding additional software modules or special chips to printed circuit boards. In the case of a small car, the computer structure can be modified in such a way that it ensures the central management of basic functions related to security. «Our modular design for automotive computers and our wide range mean that Bosch can satisfy all the needs of automakers,» says Pillan. — «This design principle also means a huge commercial potential for these high-performance computers, as it will allow Bosch to go to the huge market.»