Bosch, Opel develop innovative infotainment system

February 15, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Together with Opel, Bosch has developed an “all-in-one” infotainment system for Opel's new Corsa subcompact model. The Touch & Connect system combines audio, navigation and communications functions in one compact head unit.

The infotainment system features a Bluetooth interface and hands-free operation for mobile phone use. A 5-inch touch screen displays all menus and allows setting the controls. Setting the functions is easy and uncomplicated using the touch screen or the control knobs. For radio reception, the device is equipped with a TMC-enabled digital twin tuner. The unit is able to indicate traffic problems when the navigation system is not activated. The audio system is equipped to handle playback from a variety of different media sources – an USB interface accommodates portable MP3 devices, memory sticks or an iPod and also allows the plug-in connection of a portable hard disk or an iPhone.

The hands-free system and other functions, such as call lists or the phone book, are automatically available as soon as the telephone is connected with the infotainment system via Bluetooth. In addition, audio data can be transmitted from a cell phone to the audio system wirelessly via Bluetooth Audio Streaming (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile – A2DP) and played back as music.

The navigation system offers several options: In addition to the fastest or shortest route, the route guidance system also offers the option of choosing an "ECO" route to help lower fuel consumption as far as possible, which in turn reduces CO2 emissions. The system also displays filling stations and parking in the direct vicinity.

In addition to the integrated multimedia infotainment system Bosch also supplies the vehicle technology for diesel and gasoline injection systems, brake disks and brake calipers, alternators and starter systems and start/stop systems.