Bosch addresses range anxiety with electric cars
Bosch has introduced system!e, a system of connected electrified powertrain components and new service solutions for electric cars. Because the electric drive is connected to the cloud, the system can produce an “extended range forecast.”
The company says that an algorithm factors in vehicle data such as current battery charge, energy consumption of heating or air conditioning, and the driver’s driving style, as well as information from the vehicle’s surroundings. This includes the current traffic situation and topographical data for the route ahead. Based on this information, the system is designed to reliably calculate the vehicle’s precise range.
For longer journeys in an electric car, the extended range forecast is supplemented by the “charging assistant.” This service reportedly knows where all the charge spots are on a given journey, so it can plan ahead for necessary charging stops; it also manages the payment process. Additional information about restaurants and shopping options, for example, are intended to allow drivers to make the most of the charging time.
A third service manages vehicle charging in smart homes, helping to optimize how they use energy. It integrates the electric car into the smart home’s electricity grid: the car’s battery supplements the stationary storage device for the house’s photovoltaic system. During the day, the car absorbs excess solar power and feeds it back at night as necessary.
The company also announced its new Connected Mobility Solutions division, which it says will combine more than 600 associates to develop and sell digital mobility services. These include vehicle sharing, ridesharing, and connectivity-based services for car drivers. The plan is for the new division to further extend the existing service portfolio. For instance, mobility services from Bosch send alerts about wrong-way drivers and turn smartphones into car keys.