Bosch has already partnered with NVIDIA to develop an AI brain for self-driving cars, with TomTom on mapping systems that'll help vehicles see the road ahead, and with Mercedes on automated valet and taxi concepts. The showcase in London featured a few more tangible developments. These included various EVs powered by Bosch drivetrains, from e-bikes to existing and pre-market electric scooters and city cars.
At the event was also a kind of storyboard of autonomy, starting with the opening pane of assisted parking, which isn't an uncommon feature in cars nowadays. Likeminded collaborator EasyMile, one of many at the showcase, was ferrying people around in its EZ10 autonomous shuttle, which had been programmed to run a pre-determined route around Somerset House's main courtyard. While not mobile itself, Bosch also brought along an off-the-shelf Tesla equipped with extra cameras, radar and LiDAR sensors. Bosch is using this to develop autonomous functionality that goes beyond the Autopilot assisted driving tech Teslas already possess.
The most visually striking exhibit at the event was Bosch's concept car, which featured an almost entirely screen-covered dashboard. Several demos showed how these displays could be used to control your smart home, browse social media or catch up on your favorite show. It's intended to show what's possible when the driver no longer needs to pay attention to the road -- when we reach the holy grail of full autonomy.