Bosch’s infotainment domain computer is the hardware brains behind what brings a digital cockpit experience to life.
The point is that there is a staggering amount of input information to assimilate in a car, more than a phone or laptop must ever deal with, and then synthesizing that input into understandable output requires more specialist technology.
Bosch’s infotainment domain computer brings all of these components together, provides them with a centralized processing house and then sends out relevant information to output devices like screens or speakers for human drivers to make sense of. And it does all this in a production ready package that’s buried deep beneath the dashboard.
"With the Information domain computer, Bosch is providing connectivity and computing power to the modern world of mobility," said Stefan Buerkle, senior vice president and head of Connected Information Solutions, Bosch in North America.
The computer uses buckets of high-power, specialist technology. It’s powered by Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform, which is powerful enough to process detailed audio-visual content, and artificial intelligence and contextual safety features too. It’s also capable of allowing carmakers to integrate voice assistances like Amazon Alexa and Cerence (also found on TomTom IndiGO).
For embedded and cloud-based navigation, TomTom’s Navigation for Automotive is also part of Bosch’s package. To connect everything together and make them work seamlessly, it calls on tech from the likes of Texas Instruments and Molex.
It’s important to remember that Bosch’s computer is very much a hardware solution. The software that brings in-vehicle experiences to life is a whole other kettle of fish.
Using this computer gives carmakers a fast and simple route to centralizing much of the processing a car needs to do But of course, in reality it’s all a lot more complicated than this, click here if you want to dive a bit deeper.