Bosch plans to anchor AI, Blockchain in the car

March 15, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
At Bosch’s large in-house exhibition “Bosch Connected World”, the automotive supplier provided deep insights into the technology for next-generation car electronics: The company is currently developing a powerful central computer for autonomous cars. In addition, the company plans to use the blockchain technology to prevent odometer fraud.

Bosch’s car control computer will make use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable autonomous driving even in complex traffic situations such as urban environments with heterogeneous traffic participants. “We are teaching the car how to maneuver through road traffic by itself,” said Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the event currently taking place in Berlin.

Using AI, the car will be able to correctly interpret traffic situations and predict the behavior of other traffic participants at high accuracy. For building the core onboard computer, Bosch plans to collaborate with U.S. technology company Nvidia. The company will supply Bosch with a chip that stores algorithms, generated with machine learning methods. Using AI for applications such as object recondition and object identification, the computer will be able to tell a pedestrian from a cyclist, or if a child on the sidewalk is playing ball (which would increase the likelihood of a potentially dangerous situation). The computer stores whatever it learns while driving in artificial neural networks. Experts review this knowledge in the lab for accuracy. Following further testing on the road, the artificially generated knowledge structures can be transmitted to any number of other AI onboard computers in an update. “Automated driving will make traffic safer, and Artificial Intelligence is the key hereof”, Denner said. The AI onboard computer is expected to go into series production by the beginning of the next decade at the latest. 

Bosch added that AI will play a key role in all fields where Bosch is doing business, including IoT. In ten years, Denner pointed out, AI will penetrate all product segments and technology solutions developed by the German electric giant. Bosch recently announced that it will invest about 300 million euros to expand its expertise in this area.

In his keynote speech, Denner identified more technologies that will help Bosch to open up new business opportunities. One example is blockchain – the secure