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Bosch now offers video perception as a standalone software product

Basis of driver assistance and automated driving

  • At SAE levels 0 to 4, video-based perception of the vehicle’s surroundings is the basis of assisted and automated driving and parking.
  • Bosch offers video perception as a modular, hardware-agnostic software package that can be used on various SoCs (system on chip).
  • Customers can put together the individual solutions that best suit their needs.
Tim Wieland

Tim Wieland


Stuttgart, Germany – Monotonous driving conditions, exhausting journeys, and congestion: many drivers want to be able to do more than stay constantly focused on traffic while they are at the wheel. With increasingly automated driving functions, Bosch is creating the technological foundations that will allow drivers to take their eyes off the road for a short while. This depends crucially on reliable information about the vehicle’s surroundings. Only such information will allow a car to navigate traffic autonomously, safely, and without hassle. Video perception of the vehicle’s surroundings will play an important role in the move from assisted to automated driving and parking. In this context, Bosch not only offers a combined package of hardware and software. Its portfolio now also includes video-perception software as a standalone product. Independently of any hardware, the Bosch software can be used on diverse SoCs (system on chip). This gives automakers maximum flexibility. At IAA Mobility 2023, Bosch will not only be premiering its standalone video-perception software. It will also be debuting hardware-only camera heads.

Software as the decisive element in automated mobility
Drivers expect their vehicles to be updateable in the same way that their smartphones are. In the future, functions will be downloaded to vehicles like apps, without any need to replace hardware. “The future of mobility is software-defined. We are revamping our driver-assistance portfolio and offering our customers precisely the solution they need,” says Christoph Hartung, president of the Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division, which is also the driving force behind assisted and automated driving at Bosch. In this process, software is becoming the decisive element in the development of automotive electronic systems, and especially of driver assistance systems. Given these changes, Bosch is extending its portfolio for assisted and automated driving and parking. In the future, hardware and software components will also be marketed separately from each other.

Software for video perception
In addition to radar and ultrasonic options, sensors based on video offer a further way of sensing a vehicle’s surroundings in assisted and automated driving. The image data captured by several sensors, such as the new Bosch camera heads, are processed by Bosch software and made available for advanced driver assistance functions relating to driving and parking. This opens up the possibility of functions that can enhance safety. Examples include automatic braking when driving or reversing, convenience functions such as adaptive cruise control, active lane changing, and park assist functions, and automated driving on freeways, extra-urban roads, and city streets. For the detection and classification of objects, the Bosch software relies on AI methods such as deep neural networks. When training these networks, Bosch can draw on databases from around the world, and in this way take account of country-specific and local requirements during development.

From individual component to complete system from a single source
“We can see a trend among customers to no longer opt for the complete package offered by a supplier, but instead to increasingly request individual components that are compatible with rival products. In this context, the call in the industry is for not just hardware to be compatible, but for software to be hardware- and operator-agnostic as well,” says Sven Lanwer, the head of the Driver Experience unit at Bosch.

Bosch has many years of experience in developing complete camera systems for driver assistance and is also well familiar with the development of application-specific software and with software integration. This combination of hardware and software expertise is one of Bosch’s great strengths. The company will continue to develop new, intelligent sensors with embedded software. Bosch customers will also be able to put together their own individual, modular, and scalable solutions by combining camera heads and the ADAS integration platform, Bosch’s high-performance computer for the ADAS domain.

One-stop shop for hardware and software expertise
Whether sensors, vehicle computers, or software, Bosch develops and manufactures the key components of modern vehicles under one roof. This includes the more than 250 million control units it makes each year, which are also equipped with its own software. But Bosch is also proficient in another field, one that is becoming increasingly important: the integration of software from various sources and from the collaboration of the automotive and IT industries. Bosch also has this integrative expertise.

BOSCH PRESS CONFERENCE: Monday, September 4, 2023, from 11:20 to 11:40 local time: with Dr. Stefan Hartung, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, and Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management and chairman of Bosch Mobility, at the Bosch booth D10 in Hall B3 and via livestream on the Bosch Media Service.

Panels with Bosch experts at the IAA Conference:

  • Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 – 10:15 CEST on the Main Stage: Keynote: “Life in motion – Why sustainable mobility is about more than just technology” with Dr. Stefan Hartung, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
  • Thursday, September 7, 11:15 – 11:30 CEST on the Main Stage: Keynote: “Paving the way to centralized architectures & software-defined vehicles” with Dr. Mathias Pillin, responsible for technology on the Bosch Mobility sector board.
  • Thursday, September 7, 15:00 – 15:45 CEST on the Yellow Stage: Session on data & next-level user experience: “Software-defined mobility enabling a completely new vehicle motion experience” with Mariella Minutolo, Executive VP Sales and Member of the Board of Management, ETAS GmbH, and Stephan Stass, Executive Vice President Engineering and Brake Systems Business and Member of the Divisional Board of Management, Chassis Systems Control, Robert Bosch GmbH

Bosch at the IAA Experience:

The IAA Experience at the IAA Open Space in downtown Munich will be open from September 5 to 9, 2023, from 10:00 to 20:00 CEST. On Sunday, September 10, 2023, the IAA Experience is open until 17:00 CEST.

  • During the IAA, the new Performance Line SX and other products from Bosch eBike Systems can be taken for a test ride on the cycling test track in Munich’s Englischer Garten park. In addition, Bosch eBike product experts will be on hand to answer questions in the Open Space at Odeonsplatz.
  • moveID, a project led by Bosch within the “Gaia-X 4 Future Mobility” project family, will be holding a live demo with two electric vehicles. moveID will give its first insight into the MOBIX app, which allows users to park and charge anonymously at any location in compliance with the general data protection regulation. It will also showcase novel mobility services and business opportunities created by the use of decentralized technologies.

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Tim Wieland
phone: +1 248 876-7708
Twitter: @timwieland

About Bosch
Having established a presence in North America in 1906, today the Bosch Group employs 37,000 associates in more than 100 locations in the region (as of Dec. 31, 2022). Bosch generated consolidated sales of $15.1 billion in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in 2022. For more information visit, and

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of $93.1 billion in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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