Robert Bosch GmbH, or Bosch, is a German engineering and electronics company. Many of you might know Bosch as a distributor of household appliances, power tools and other industrial and building products, but the reality is that the German manufacturer made history in the smart car industry by using its technology for futuristic systems and ending up as one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive components measured by 2011 revenues.
The company was founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886 and includes in its core products brakes, controls, electrical drives, fuel systems, generators and steering systems. All this technology is putting Bosch ahead of other distributors when it comes to sensors and expertise.
Bosch’s Sensory System and the Smart Car Industry
As we all know, there are many important connections between the passenger and the vehicle which are becoming more and more vital for driving a car these days. This is why the sensors are designed as a safety net and have become the “skeleton” of a car these past years.
They measure and record every single thing that is going on inside a smart car and then turn the analysis into electrical signs. These are very important for ensuring the best full control over the car, making sure that everything is in place and that the vehicle’s functions are intact.
As you can see, the smart car industry is all about safety and comfort. This is where Bosch comes to light.
Bosch sensors have proven themselves in high-risk situations by controlling millions of passenger vehicles around the world or supporting the technology of industrial applications. Gathering more than a hundred types, the Bosch range is comprehensive and ready to fit every need.
It is thought to be a perfect solution for practically every requirement found in the motor vehicle segment. Precision, reliability and a long service life are the defining features of Bosch sensors: First-class quality for the highest standards.
Given this, it comes as no surprise that at least 85% of the new vehicles found on the market nowadays have at least one Bosch sensor built into their infrastructure.
But what exactly makes Bosch sensors so special? Let’s take Lambda for example.
A Bosch Lambda sensor in perfect condition determines reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions and gives good exhaust fumes while keeping the integrity of the engine in order. It is worldwide known as being one of the best sensors on the market and with every test it passes, it keeps reassuring the audience of its genius.
But Where do We Find the Juice to Power Up the Lights?
This is what Bosch asked itself lately and now they announced that they are ready to begin designs on battery technology.
This year, at the Frankfurt AutoShow, the No. 1 supplier of automotive components gave a clear indication that the next generation of connected cars are going to be safer and, if they’re battery-powered, cheaper and capable of going further on a single charge.
“Bosch is using its knowledge and considerable financial resources to achieve a breakthrough for electromobility,” said Bosch chairman Dr. Volkmar Denner. The breakthrough in question is a new solid-state lithium battery technology that can easily double the energy density at half the price. The optimistic estimation of such a battery reaching the market is under five years.
Doubling the density of the battery would double a plug-in electric car’s range between recharges and, according to Bosch’s figures, the technology will arrive when at least 33% of the European smart car industry will run on a hybrid powertrain.
“The pure lithium anode represents a huge innovative leap in battery cell construction. Solid-state cells could be a breakthrough technology” said Denner.
To sum it all up, even if we didn’t require them to prove something anymore, Bosch keeps surprising us with more and more features. It is safe to say that the future will be even more promising.