Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP) From Bosch
Augmented Reality (AR) is defined as a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. AR applications can expand the user’s reality by adding useful additional information. Using a tablet or smart phone where explanations, pictures or drawings are added to the live image once the tablet or phone’s camera is aimed at an area for which AR information is available.
Bosch is a pioneer in the use of Augmented Reality applications for the automotive sector and to aid in the development of the most efficient AR applications, Bosch has recently introduced an updated version of the Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP). While AR has been around for over 20 years it has never fulfilled its productivity promises mainly because each program was a one-time application that had to be built manually making it expensive, time consuming and not scalable. With the introduction of the Bosch CAP these problems were solved and CAP has proven to be a very useful technology that provides fast and easy integration of digital and visual contents into technical documentation, repair manuals, training programs as well as sales platforms and others.
This new Bosch CAP program is used for the creation of high-performance Augmented Reality applications and is backed up by a comprehensive database from which it extracts the matching contents for the respective AR application. Besides written information and explanations in text format, video clips, pictures, safety instructions with audio clips, 3D data, circuit diagrams, technical drawings and markers for the tracking configuration can also be added. This new technology is available to any industry and provides a cost-effective use of AR allowing Bosch customers to increase sales revenues while reducing warranty and training costs.
When Augmented Reality is used in automotive workshops, repair technician can see much more of the vehicles detail such as the location of hidden areas or components as well as cable routing behind the dashboard which are viewed on a tablet or smart phone screen. Repair instructions and required special tools will also be displayed on the live image. With the touch screen, the displayed objects can be rotated or enlarged as needed and additional information can be viewed often eliminating the need to review in detail service manuals.
Augmented Reality when used in the repair shop increases both the speed and quality of vehicle repairs and has proved to be an extremely useful tool for training and education.