Bosch partners with Mojio to deliver its first digital platform for connected vehicles
The number of IoT connected devices continues to grow at an exponential rate. The number of devices installed globally reached 23.14bn in 2018, with numbers set to surpass 75bn by 2025. Such growth has not gone unnoticed by manufacturers, who have sought to invest in IoT and AI solutions to drive greater connectivity and transform the customer experience.
“Bosch recognised the huge opportunities of the IoT early on. We have been actively shaping the connected world for nearly 10 years now,” said Bosch board management member, Dr Markus Heyn. Carrying out over 270 projects by utilising its own IoT cloud services, the company has looked to deliver world-class mobility, smart homes, smart cities and agricultural solutions, where the number of sensors and devices connected over the Bosch IoT Suite has risen nearly 40% since last year, reaching 8.5mn.
“We will best be able to unlock the potential of IoT if we combine it with AI, and take our IoT and AI activities forward in parallel,” Heyn added. “It is only through AI that connected things become intelligent and learn to draw their own conclusions. Above all, we aim to achieve concrete improvements in people’s real, everyday lives – things such as more time, more security, more efficiency and more convenience.”
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Partnering with Canadian platform provider, Mojio, Bosch has delivered its first integrated IoT platform for connected vehicles. In the event of an accident, a Bosch algorithm can identify where and when the accident happened and the severity of the damage. By utilising Mojio cloud, the data is transmitted in real-time to the Bosch emergency service centre, who will contact local rescue services with the exact location. A number of recipients of the customer’s choice, such as family members will also be contacted through the Mojio app. In 2020, this technology will be available in vehicles across Europe and North America.
Developing a concept shuttle vehicle in-house, Bosch is continuing to explore automation, connectivity, and the electrification of vehicles, which plays into its long-term mission to deliver innovative transportation that is reduces emissions, accidents and convenient for all. For shuttle-based mobility in particular, the company will supply not only components and systems, but a complete range of mobility services, such as reservation, sharing, and connectivity platforms, as well as parking and recharging services.
This year, Bosch is set to partner with Daimler to test a fully automated, driverless ridesharing service in San José in a bid to fully revolutionise the experience of consumers and take its autonomous driving ambitions to the next level.
Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility
Who is Lion Electric?
Founded in 2008, is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric.
Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility
Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.
The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers.
It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.
“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”
Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois
Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.
Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation
As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.
“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.
“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.”