Bosch picks Bengaluru for 3rd AI centre

Bosch picks Bengaluru for 3rd AI centre

The German automotive components and technology supplier Bosch Group has chosen Bengaluru as one of the three global centres to set up a dedicated centre for artificial intelligence (AI).

Other two centres are in Palo Alto in US and Renningen in Germany. The Bosch Centre for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI) is formed to help Bosch’s greater aspiration to come up with future offerings in IoT (Internet of Things), specifically in electromobility.

Earlier this year, Bosch announced that it will be investing over  €300 million in the centre, which will round off its IoT expertise.

The BCAI will initially employ some 100 experts in three centres, and by 2021, Bosch will complete the investment in these centres. In the same period, it is planned to grow its workforce several times over, the company said.

“Ten years from now, scarcely any Bosch product will be conceivable without artificial intelligence.

It will either possess that intelligence itself, or AI will have played a key role in its development or manufacture,” Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner recently said. Within just five years, products featuring artificial intelligence are expected to account for 10% of Bosch sales. “Bosch will use artificial intelligence to turn things into intelligent assistants. Products will become partners, companions, personal assistants,” the CEO had said.

Christoph Peylo heads the Bosch Centre for Artificial Intelligence, and the centre aspires not only to be among the world leaders in research, but also to make the benefits of artificial intelligence tangible through products and services. 

When DH contacted, Bosch India said, “AI is a topic that will be dealt with greater detail from 2018 onwards.”

While announcing the launch of a locally developed Micro Climate Monitoring System (MCMS) in New Delhi, Vijay Ratnaparkhe, managing director and president, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, said Bosch India’s R&D journey will gain momentum with this AI centre.

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