Source: Bosch announcement
STUTTGART, Germany – Bosch is taking further strategic steps toward a leading position in the software-dominated future of mobility. In the future, under the umbrella of its subsidiary ETAS GmbH, the company will develop and sell basic vehicle software, middleware, cloud services, and development tools for universal application.
A total of 2,300 experts from different development areas of Bosch and ETAS are to be brought together there as of mid-2022.
“Software development is a longstanding core competence at Bosch. Every year, we put more than 200 million control units running our own software into vehicles worldwide. With this new set-up, we want to become the leading provider of application-independent vehicle software,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector of Robert Bosch GmbH.
A year ago, Bosch established its Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division, a powerful unit for application-specific vehicle software with specific hardware for numerous vehicle areas such as driver assistance and infotainment.
Now the company is bringing together its portfolio of application-independent software for vehicles and the cloud at ETAS. The resulting central platform will allow it to develop automotive software more quickly and efficiently together with its partners.
“Our universal software foundation is essential for the digitalization of modern, software-defined vehicles,” Stefan Hartung said.
Bosch will combine its universal software platform with expertise in the development of innovative software functions.
“Thereby we are creating a USP and a significant competitive advantage for Bosch,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management of Bosch.
In the future, ETAS will offer this universal platform and the accompanying development environment to both automotive manufacturers and other suppliers.
Software gaining in prominence for automakers
Up to now, the rule was that vehicles were delivered as a finished product. In the future, though, a car’s software will be continuously improved and expanded – throughout its service life. This will give drivers a customized digital driving experience, and also form the basis for new business models for manufacturers. This development is just beginning.
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