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Bosch: pushing connectivity forward in workshops at Autopromotec

The focus is on new technologies for the workshop, such as Connected Workshop and Augmented Reality.

The workshop of the future is connected. The workshop of the future will be aware of a vehicle’s general condition before a customer arrives at the workshop. In turn, this will enable workshops to offer vehicle owners preventive maintenance prior to the end of a component’s service life. This will help prevent breakdowns and unnecessary downtime, which is especially important for commercial vehicles. Ultimately, this type of service will save time and money, and make workshops more competitive. At the same time, customers will get their repaired vehicles back quickly and thus remain mobile.

At the booth, visitors will have the opportunity to try out Augmented Reality themselves. Bosch will use this modern technology in the future to support vehicle workshops in repair and maintenance works. Augmented Reality solutions provide the mechatronics technician with three-dimensional work instructions, required tools or even training videos. As soon as the camera of the tablet scans a motor component, the contextual information is superimposed onto the physical object – exactly where it is needed. The mechatronics technician can control the superimposed objects via the touchscreen and call up further information. The time-consuming consultation of service manuals is thus omitted. Also, components that are hidden behind panelings or the cabling below the dashboard can be depicted to scale with Augmented Reality. This clarifies the next work steps and unnecessary assembly works are omitted. Thus, Augmented Reality facilitates the repair process, improves the quality of the work results and minimizes the effort. Besides, the new technology allows even less experienced employees to carry out repair works that are more complex.

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