Bosch says the combination of electrified and automated driving with personalised and connected services will open up a broad field for software applications.

Vehicle computers are central to Bosch’s efforts to extend its role in software-intensive electronic systems.

To meet this demand, the new Cross-Domain Computing Systems division and its 17,000 employees started operations at the beginning of the year. In the unit, Bosch is combining its capabilities in hardware and software engineering for vehicle computers, sensors and control units for all vehicle domains.

The supplier maintains this reduces complexity in vehicle development and will put new functions on the road significantly faster.

Bosch is involved with several alternative mobility fields and is keen to stress the breadth of its work.

“We are working with all types of propulsion [with] a big push for electrification,” said Bosch North America president, Mike Mansuetti highlighting the company’s experience at a virtual CES 2021 presentation jointly hosted between Stuttgart and Detroit. “We are working with our customers and partners to provide solutions.

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“For fuel cells, we are working on the entire system, not only the stack, but the components.”

Bosch added it is the first automotive supplier to join the Science Based Targets initiative, with the goal to cut upstream and downstream CO2 emissions by 15% in the next nine years.

The supplier notes, according to in-house calculations, all the company’s 400 locations worldwide have been carbon neutral since 2020 and that it is the first globally operating industrial enterprise to achieve net zero carbon emissions with respect to the energy it produces and the energy it sources externally.

“The next step for Bosch is to address emissions along the entire value chain, from procurement to product use,” added Bosch CTO Michael Bolle.

“We see it as particularly important we continue to lead by example, even in the face of the current economic uncertainty. Eighteen months ago, we announced our intention to make all Bosch locations carbon neutral by 2020 and we kept our promise.

“This means our worldwide 400 locations no longer leave a carbon footprint. We did not conjure this out of thin air.”

Bosch’s achievements in climate action have won recognition outside the company: the non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has added the supplier to its A List.

Through its advisory company, Bosch Climate Solutions, founded last year, the supplier shares its experience with climate action with other companies. The Bosch start-up markets several solutions, including the Bosch cloud-based energy platform, which applies intelligent algorithms to reduce energy consumption of machines.

Bosch has already deployed the platform at more than 100 locations.