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Bosch India Technology Expo 2016 Bosch brings the connected vehicle to India Retrofit solution connects cars and commercial vehicles

  • Enables fleet solutions as well as smart-city services
  • eCall enables fast emergency help in the case of an accident
  • Innovation made in India: Bosch India filed more than 200 patents in 2015
Imagine a single technology that can reduce a vehicle’s fuel consumption, foresee when maintenance is needed, and display everything on the car owner’s smartphone. Bosch has developed a comprehensive connectivity platform solution which can do all that – a solution, moreover, that is tailored to the Indian market. In line with its “in the region-for-the-region” strategy, Bosch will be presenting its Intelligent Transport Management System (iTraMS) at the Bosch’s Technology Exposition in Noida on February 3, 2016. Its features include tracking of vehicle location, condition monitoring, and performance analysis. The flexible new Bosch solution works in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and off-highway vehicles. iTraMS is not only available in newly produced cars, but also as a retrofit solution. By making it available for as many vehicles as possible, Bosch is helping to speed up the transition to safer and more ecological driving.

At a press conference in Delhi, Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management, stressed the importance of local development: “Bosch’s iTraMS platform is a connectivity solution tailored to the Indian market. It provides accurate vehicle-information on your smartphone and can immensely reduce everyday driving cost.” The solution goes even further: the key benefits of this platform also include fleet management, essential and emergency services, off-road applications, and intelligent transport solutions as part of smart-city solutions.

Innovation – a special strength of Bosch
“Bosch’s continuous success in innovation is a result of our unwavering commitment to solving problems that will benefit the society as a whole. Bosch in India is no exception: we offer products that are beneficial and applicable across a wide spectrum,” Dr. Heyn remarked. In India, Bosch has placed great emphasis on innovation, and especially on talent acquisition and developing world-class facilities. Presently, Bosch in India has over 14,000 research and development engineers. In 2015, the Bosch Group in India filed for more than 200 patents.

Another outstanding example for local development is Bosch’s “e-Call”, which was developed with contributions by the Bosch India engineering team. It truly resonates with the companies “Invented for life” ethos. Vehicles equipped with the safety system trigger an automated emergency call whenever a crash happens. Using data-mining techniques, the solution considers variables such as real-time vehicle-, accident-, and environment information to estimate the probability of severe injury. This information can be used by emergency service providers to prioritize the type of ambulance service needed to reach an accident location.

Connected vehicles are safer, more comfortable, and more efficient
Commenting on the possibilities of connected vehicles, Dr. Heyn said: “Currently, infotainment systems in India are mostly retrofit, with touch and display screens gaining popularity in the market. As smartphone integration picks up, personal vehicles are becoming an active part of the internet.” For example, Bosch’s mySPIN is a highly appealing smartphone integration solution that creates a perfect device-vehicle link to ensure safe and reliable in-car use. It allows users to continue using their preferred apps on their iOS or Android smartphones in the usual way, without having to compromise on safety. mySPIN also facilitates continuous access to online music services, social networks, and a wide range of smartphone apps.

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  • February 04, 2016
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Preliminary Bosch figures for 2015 Bosch sales surpass 70 billion euros for the first time Innovation and connectivity driving growth

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “We have achieved our business targets”
  • Sales growth of approximately ten percent
  • Result of around five billion euros recorded
  • EBIT margin from operations increased again to approx. 6.5 percent
  • Mobility Solutions grows significantly faster than vehicle production
  • Energy and Building Technology’s sales growth accelerates
  • Double-digit sales growth in Asia and North America
Stuttgart – In 2015, the Bosch Group recorded sales of over 70 billion euros for the first time, according to preliminary figures. The company succeeded in increasing revenue by approximately ten percent1 last year. Earnings also further improved. Including extraordinary effects, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose to around five billion euros. Adjusted for extraordinary effects, earnings totaled roughly 4.5 billion euros. EBIT margin from operations was approximately 6.5 percent, which is higher than the previous year when calculated on a comparable basis. Equity ratio remains sound and liquidity remains high despite the billions spent on the acquisitions of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH. “Thanks to our innovative strength, we were able to successfully continue our growth trend in a challenging business environment and a number of stagnating markets in 2015. A major driver of this positive business development was an increasing number of solutions for the connected world,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

Bosch is shaping the digital transformation
In particular, connectivity over the internet of things is currently transforming Bosch’s business, in some cases at a fundamental level. Bosch is the only company worldwide that is active on all three levels of the internet of things. The Bosch Group offers key technologies that enable connectivity such as sensors and software, and is also developing new services on this basis. “With our expertise in sensors, software, and services, we’re shaping the connected world and opening up new business opportunities. The ‘digital transformation’ is anything but a threat to us. Instead, we see it as an enormous opportunity,” Denner continued. Just a few weeks ago, for example, the company announced its entry into the smart-home market. At CES in Las Vegas, Bosch presented its smart-home system to the public for the first time.

Business performance in 2015 by business sector
Sales developments in 2015 varied across the four business sectors. As Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, the CFO and deputy chairman of the board of management, explained, “In 2015, we further improved our market position and competitiveness in many areas, and gained market share.” Despite only anemic growth in global vehicle production, the Mobility Solutions business sector succeeded in significantly increasing sales, according to preliminary figures. Overall, sales grew by twelve percent to 41.7 billion euros in 2015. Among Bosch’s most successful products last year were gasoline and diesel injection systems, driver assistance systems, and infotainment systems. The Consumer Goods business sector also recorded very robust growth. Here, Bosch was able to increase its sales by 9.3 percent year on year to 17.2 billion euros. This sector’s best-selling products included cordless power tools and household appliances such as a connected range of stoves.

The Energy and Building Technology business sector recorded growth of eleven percent, which was considerably higher than the previous year. The sector generated sales of 5.1 billion euros. This success can be primarily attributed to services, security systems for large infrastructure projects, and connected smart-heating solutions. The Industrial Technology business sector continues to be affected by weakness in the global mechanical engineering segment. Sales fell by 1.7 percent year on year to 6.6 billion euros. The Drive and Control Technology division suffered further collapses in important segments of the mechanical engineering market in 2015.

Business performance in 2015 by region
Bosch’s business in Europe developed encouragingly in 2015. Sales growth in the region was considerably stronger than in 2014: according to preliminary figures, Bosch increased its sales by 4.2 percent to 37.5 billion euros. Sales developed positively in Germany as well. Bosch recorded a particularly sharp sales increase in North America. There, the technology and services company’s revenues grew by a significant 24 percent to 12.6 billion euros. In South America, the situation remains difficult. This is reflected in the Bosch Group’s sales development as well. According to preliminary figures, sales of 1.4 billion euros were recorded in 2015, which is 13 percent less than in the previous year. In Asia Pacific, Bosch recorded sales growth of 16 percent to 19.1 billion euros. Bosch sees long-term potential in Africa. In 2015, the company continued expanding its activities there.

Headcount increase in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the U.S.
Worldwide, the Bosch Group employed some 375,000 associates as of December 31, 2015. Overall, headcount increased by 17,600 in 2015. The largest increases were in central and eastern Europe, Germany, Asia Pacific, and the United States. IT specialists were particularly sought after.

2016 – cautiously optimistic outlook
For 2016, Bosch is forecasting only moderate growth of 2.8 percent for the global economy. “We also have to prepare ourselves for stronger fluctuations in our markets, both regionally as well as in specific industries,” Asenkerschbaumer said. Geopolitically, the situation in 2016 will remain complex and characterized by considerable uncertainty. Regardless of this, Bosch wants to continue its growth trend in the current year and to grow faster than its various markets. Despite enormous investments to secure the company’s long-term viability, result and EBIT from operations are to be further improved.

A simpler, easier, and all-around better life with connected solutions
Bosch’s strategic aim is to offer solutions for connected mobility, connected production, as well as for connected energy systems and buildings. The company launched a number of new solutions in this area in 2015. “Connected technology is the key to meeting the challenges of the future, such as the scarcity of resources and urbanization,” Denner said. For example, in an intelligently connected building, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40 percent. By 2020, some 230 million or 15 percent of all households worldwide will be equipped with smart-home solutions. “Connected technology and systems must offer easy and intuitive operation for users,” Denner continued. For this reason, the development of the Bosch smart-home system focused on user experience. Featuring a single platform, the system enables the intelligent networking of devices such as heating, household appliances, entertainment systems, lighting, as well as security systems. All the connected devices in a home can be operated via smartphone or tablet with a single app.

Build on strengths in familiar areas, dare to tap into new areas
“We’re tapping into new, promising markets such as smart homes and connected industry, and at the same time seizing every opportunity that presents itself in our traditional markets,” Denner said. These opportunities include the electrification of mobility. One of the most important acquisitions of 2015 was the acquisition of the U.S. battery technology startup Seeo Inc. Bosch now possesses pioneering know-how in the area of solid-state cells. As Denner explained, “regardless of whether this business develops in an evolutionary or disruptive way, Bosch will be part of it.” Bosch also sees great potential in the two-wheeler and commercial-vehicle segments. For both segments, the company recently established dedicated units in order to better serve market and customer needs. Automation, electrification, and connectivity – the three major trends in mobility – will also have a long-term impact on commercial vehicles and two-wheelers. In the commercial vehicle segment, automation will play an increasingly important role in reducing accidents. Injection systems for two-wheelers – as opposed to the carburetor systems common today – reduce fuel consumption and thus make an important contribution toward resource conservation, particularly in developing countries.

Greenhouse-gas reduction – impossible without diesel engines
In this context, Denner also emphasized the importance of diesel technology for meeting global warming targets. “It is only with diesel, for example, that the EU’s ambitious CO2 targets can be reached.” Diesel vehicles emit significantly less CO2 than comparable gasoline vehicles. “In the debate about air quality and particulate matter in our cities as well, diesel is not part of the problem, but part of the solution,” Denner said. Thanks to modern filter technology, he went on, a diesel vehicle can even purge particulate matter from the ambient air in large cities. “The diesel is an air-cleaning machine.” Denner repeated his conviction that the diesel powertrain can become even better. Bosch has the technology, he said, to bring diesel nitrogen oxide emissions to an extremely low level, even in real driving conditions. “It is our development goal to get diesel vehicles complying with current standards not only at the test bench, but also on the roads,” he went on. For some time now, therefore, Bosch has explicitly supported the introduction of a more realistic test cycle and of real-driving emissions measurements. Denner also spoke out in favor of regular checks of production vehicles by independent testing institutes.

1The recently-acquired companies Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH (formerly ZF Lenksysteme GmbH) and BSH Hausgeräte GmbH (formerly BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH) are fully consolidated in the 2015 figures for the first time. All figures for 2014 have been adjusted to facilitate a like-for-like comparison.

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  • January 27, 2016
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High-ranking guest in Stuttgart Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, learns about industry 4.0 at Bosch Connected manufacturing creates a competitive edge

  • Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Gabriel: “Mastering Industry 4.0 is an essential task if Germany wants to remain a manufacturing hub.”
  • Bosch board of management member Struth: “Industry 4.0 calls for well-qualified people”
  • Technology turns associates into well-informed decision-makers
Stuttgart, Germany – During a visit to Bosch in Stuttgart-Feuerbach, Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s federal minister for economic affairs, learned about the current status of Industry 4.0 activities at the international supplier of technology and services. “Intelligently connecting machinery and analyzing data from production are central to making Industry 4.0 a reality. Achieving this successfully is essential to secure German industry’s future competitiveness and preserve its position as a manufacturing hub. In our ‘Plattform Industrie 4.0’ initiative, we are working with business, associations, academics, and unions to come closer to this goal,” Gabriel said.

Improved competitiveness
“Bosch has already successfully implemented Industry 4.0 in well over 100 projects at its more than 250 plants around the world. This results in better quality and lower costs in areas such as warehousing or the production of small batches,” said Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management, after touring the facilities with the minister. Struth’s responsibilities at Bosch include coordinating the company’s worldwide manufacturing system. In the years leading up to 2020, he expects Industry 4.0 to save hundreds of millions of euros annually for Bosch alone. “This will strengthen the competitiveness, and thus the appeal, of the products we manufacture.”

Sigmar Gabriel: Industry 4.0 creates high-quality jobs
“I am impressed by what I’ve seen at Bosch today. It clearly shows that German industry is in an excellent state when it comes to putting Industry 4.0 into practice. The Bosch projects demonstrate what connected manufacturing is already capable of, and why investing in connectivity is worthwhile.”

Rising demand for software expertise
Struth underlined the increasing importance of software competence: “Industry 4.0 needs experts who understand manufacturing machinery as well as products and sensor data from production. And they have to be able to apply that knowledge in algorithms and software. The foundations for this should be laid early, perhaps by teaching programming languages in school. Young people have to be capable of doing more than just using the apps on their smartphones, and programming languages are the only tool that will allow them to make their ideas reality.”

How intelligent maintenance saves time
During Gabriel’s visit to Feuerbach, one of the things Struth showed him was intelligent and predictive maintenance. Sensors make this possible by collecting data on the machines’ condition. Before there is a machine failure, a software program notifies the plant maintenance technicians as to which parts need replacing and what servicing needs to be done. The system sends notifications to this effect to associates’ smartphones. This often means that down times can be avoided, or at least cut in half, and plant productivity increases. “The tour showed how effectively Industry 4.0 supports our associates. Thanks to connectivity, they are better informed about the machines’ condition than they were before, and thus are becoming well-informed decision-makers in connected industry,” Struth said.

APAS production assistant makes work safer for people
Struth used Bosch’s mobile APAS production assistants to demonstrate the close cooperation between people and machines. The assistants relieve human workers of repetitive or dangerous tasks. The robot arm is covered in a sensory skin; when the skin recognizes that a person is getting too close, the assistant stops immediately. APAS is certified by the German employers’ liability insurance association as safe for working directly with people.

Two-pronged strategy
To advance Industry 4.0, Bosch pursues a two-pronged strategy. The first is to be a leading exponent of connected technology. The second is to offer its customers a wealth of solutions in this area, such as sensors, drives, software with solution packages, and even robot assistants. “Our dual role as a leading provider and leading exponent gives us an edge over the competition. We use our experience for our human resources activities and for shaping tomorrow’s working world. In doing so, we work very closely with employee representatives,” Struth said. At the same time, he emphasized that automated processes provide workers with greater safety and support.

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  • January 26, 2016
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“I feel it in my toes” The Bosch active gas pedal: gentle vibration can lighten pressure on the gas pedal and warn of wrong-way drivers

  • Up to 7 percent lower fuel consumption.
  • Connected with the navigation system: pedal warns about sharp bends
  • Online data make real-time alert function possible
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The driver’s foot is responsible for one-quarter of fuel consumption. Up to now, the only thing that could be done about this rule of thumb was to drive gently and take eco-driving courses. Now, however, Bosch has developed a technical aid in the shape of the active gas pedal: its gentle vibration tells drivers when they have crossed the line from light touch to lead foot. “The Bosch active gas pedal helps drivers save fuel – and alerts them to potentially dangerous situations as well,” says Stefan Seiberth, president of the Gasoline Systems division of Robert Bosch GmbH And if the vehicle has an assistance system, the pedal becomes a warning indicator: coupled with the navigation system or a camera that recognizes road signs, the innovative Bosch gas pedal gives drivers a haptic warning signal if, for example, they are approaching a dangerous bend at too high a speed.

The active gas pedal helps drivers to be very light-footed on the accelerator. The feedback they get from the pedal allows them to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 7 percent. And CO2 emissions are reduced accordingly. This is possible because the gas pedal can be networked with other automotive functions, such as the transmission. Up to now, the only indication drivers have had of the best time to shift gear has been in the form of small arrows on the instrument display. The active gas pedal comes with the option of a palpable indication of the best time to shift gear. “The pedal tells the driver when the economy and acceleration curves intersect,” Seiberth says. If the driver still wants to accelerate some more before shifting gear, however, applying a little extra pressure is enough.

Hybrids: advance warning of when the combustion engine will restart
Additional fuel-saving potential is available in conjunction with start-stop coasting, i.e. when the engine is stopped while still moving at speed in order to save fuel. Bosch estimates that the engine can be stopped in this way on 30 percent of all journeys. The gas pedal can be set to give an alert as soon as coasting mode makes sense. And with advancing powertrain electrification, this innovative technology has further benefits to offer. The pedal also opens up a lot of fuel-saving potential in hybrids, since it lets drivers know when the combustion engine is about to take over from the electric motor, so they can lighten the amount of pressure on the gas pedal.

But it is not only in the area of fuel economy that the active gas pedal comes into play. It can make cars safer as well. This is because the innovative component can be connected with a whole series of assistance systems. In connection with collision warning systems, for example, the system can create a vibrating signal warning drivers not to accelerate any further. A simple change to the software settings is all that is needed to tailor the type and force of haptic feedback to automakers’ specifications.

The gas pedal goes online: signals warn of wrong-way drivers or traffic jams ahead
The innovative Bosch gas pedal can also be connected with the navigation system, enabling it to warn drivers if, for example, they are approaching a sharp bend at too high a speed. In addition, the gas pedal can be coupled with a camera that recognizes speed-limit signs. If drivers exceed the speed limit, the gas pedal will warn them by vibrating or exerting counter-pressure. Internet connectivity opens up even more possibilities. The Bosch innovation is already designed for cars that are connected with their surroundings. And via the vibrating pedal, the connected car will pass on warnings about dangerous situations – wrong-way drivers, unexpected congestion, crossing traffic, and other hazards along the planned route – to the person at the wheel.

A detailed web-special on the connected gas pedal can be found online:

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  • January 25, 2016
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Automated driving Bosch now conducting tests on roads in Japan

  • Japan is Bosch’s third engineering location for automated driving, after Germany and the U.S.
  • Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel: “Driving on the left means that Japan offers valuable insights for development.”
  • Worldwide, almost 2,500 Bosch engineers are working to further develop driver assistance systems and automated driving
  • Changes to the Vienna Convention will come into effect in late April 2016
Stuttgart, Germany and Yokohama, Japan – Bosch is taking the development of automated driving one step further. As well as in Germany and the U.S., the supplier of technology and services is now testing the technology of the future in Japan. Bosch’s initial goal is the development of the highway pilot, which will allow cars to drive autonomously on freeways and freeway-like roads starting in 2020. “Because people there drive on the left, and because of the complex traffic conditions, Japan provides us with valuable insights for development,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Worldwide, nearly 2,500 Bosch engineers are working to develop driver assistance systems and automated driving further. Like the engineers in Germany and the U.S., the team in Japan is already conducting tests with automated test vehicles on public roads. The test drives are being conducted on Tohoku expressway (Tochigi prefecture) and the Ken-O expressway; officially known as the Metropolitan Inter-City expressway (Kanagawa prefecture), as well as on the two Bosch proving grounds in Shiobara and Memanbetsu.

Close collaboration between teams in Germany, the U.S., and Japan
With their development activities getting under way, the new team in Japan is benefiting greatly from the findings of their colleagues in Germany and the U.S., who have been working on automated driving since 2011. Since early 2013, Bosch has been operating test vehicles on the A81 freeway in Germany and Interstate 280 in the United States. “Our engineers have now completed more than 10,000 kilometers of test drives without an accident,” Hoheisel says. The Bosch test vehicles guide themselves through traffic – accelerating, braking, and overtaking as necessary. They also decide for themselves, and depending on the traffic situation, when to activate the turn signal and change lanes. The basis for all this is sensors that provide a detailed picture of the vehicle’s surroundings. In addition, Bosch’s partner TomTom provides highly accurate map data. A computer uses all this information to analyze and predict the behavior of other road users, and on that basis makes decisions about the automated vehicles’ driving strategy.

Legal framework needed for automated driving
If automated driving is to become reality in production vehicles, and not just in prototypes, the legal conditions for this have to be created. This matter is now on the political agenda in the U.S., Japan, and Germany. There are signs of impending change in the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, which Germany has also ratified. On April 23, 2016, amendments to the convention will come into force. The member states will then have to transfer these amendments into national law. They allow automated driving so long as the driver is able to override or disable it. In the sphere of vehicle registration law, an informal working group of UNECE (the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) has also begun looking at Regulation R.79, which only allows automatic intervention in steering up to a limit of 10 kph. The validation of automated driving functions is another challenge. Using current methods, a highway pilot has to complete several million kilometers’ worth of testing before it can be released for production. Bosch is now working on entirely new approaches.

Broad in-house expertise sets Bosch apart
In the development of automated driving, Bosch – one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers – benefits from having all the necessary technologies at its fingertips. These include not just the powertrain, brakes, and steering, but also sensors, navigation systems, and connectivity solutions inside and outside the car. As Hoheisel says: “Bosch develops everything, from the individual components to the entire system.” For example, Bosch sensors are in great demand: Last year, the company sold more than 50 million surround sensors for driver assistance systems for the first time. The number of radar and video sensors sold doubled in 2014 – and will do so again in 2015. When it comes to the radar sensors used in systems such as ACC adaptive cruise control, Bosch leads the market worldwide. Its ten-millionth radar sensor (77 GHz) is expected to roll off the line in 2016. In 2015, the 50-millionth Servolectric electric power steering system also rolled off the line at Bosch in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

Increasing automation will cut accidents in Germany by up to one-third
For Bosch, automated driving is about making road traffic safer. The UN estimates that 1.25 million people worldwide are killed in road accidents each year. Ninety percent of these accidents are caused by human error. “In critical traffic situations, the right support can save lives,” Hoheisel says. Bosch accident research predicts that increasing automation can lower accident rates even further – by up to a third in Germany alone. And automated driving makes road traffic not only safer, but also more efficient. U.S. studies conclude that applying predictive driving strategies when on the freeway allow fuel savings of up to 39 percent.

Fully automated parking will be ready before fully automated driving
Even before it automates driving, Bosch is automating parking. Bosch’s automatic park assist is already in production. By smartphone remote control, the system autonomously maneuvers cars into parking spaces. “For us, automated parking begins in the vehicle – but it goes much further than that,” Hoheisel says. Bosch active parking management, for instance, makes it easier to find a parking space. Sensors installed in the pavement indicate whether or not a space is occupied. They then pass on this information – to a real-time map that can be accessed on the internet, for example. This allows drivers to pick out an available space and navigate to it. And in conjunction with Daimler, Bosch is going even further. Their aim is to revolutionize parking. Rather than having customers park and look for their cars, the vehicle drives it-self to a free parking space – and then returns on command to the drop-off point. To this end, Bosch is developing the necessary infrastructure for parking structures, including occupancy sensors, cameras, and communications technology.

Related links:
Bosch helps drivers find the perfect parking space
Bosch and Daimler automate parking: Mercedes with built in valet
Electric-car twins join the Bosch fleet

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  • January 22, 2016
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Digital revolution on the rails Connected freight trains are better freight trains Freight cars are becoming a smart and connected mode of transport

  • Connectivity is the key to efficient logistics processes
  • Connected freight cars communicate information on their position, condition, and climatic conditions and can monitor safety-critical components
  • “We’re taking connectivity in a new direction – extending its range beyond the road,” says president of Bosch Engineering Bernhard Bihr
Abstatt – Thanks to Bosch, the next stop for freight trains will be the internet. The Internet of Things, which connects real and digital information, is revolutionizing rail freight by way of new digital technology for vehicles. “We use intelligent, connected sensors to capture real-time data from freight cars and process it online. This means the cars themselves can determine whether or not the cold chain has been maintained, predict when a delivery will arrive, and provide information about when they will next require maintenance,” says Bernhard Bihr, president of Bosch Engineering. More than 300 freight cars have already been equipped with the new Bosch system and are being used to put the technology through its paces on railways in Europe, North America, and Australia. The system is scheduled to enter production in mid-2016.

Connected technology for efficient logistics
To withstand tough operating conditions like temperature fluctuations, vibration, dirt, and humidity, railway engineering must be simple and robust. In 2013, almost 400 million tons of goods were transported along close to 40,000 kilometers of railway track in Germany alone. One reason why connectivity technology – which is racing ahead in almost every other sector worldwide – has been unable to find its way into rail freight transport is that freight cars have neither their own power supply nor their own sensors. Bosch Engineering is now closing this gap with a connected asset intelligence system for rail freight. This system draws on the company’s tried and tested technologies and components from large-scale automotive production. “Our automotive technology can also be applied in other sectors, including rail transport. This new system allows us to make the logistics chains across rail, road, and sea transparent, and manage the increase in freight transport more efficiently,” says Bihr.

Accurate localization
Being able to track deliveries continuously and know if they will arrive on time is standard for road shipments. But when it comes to rail, this has typically been the exception rather than the rule, since freight cars have been unable to supply the required information. Getting the timing right – especially when relying on a combination of rail, road, and sea transport – is essential to ensuring the efficiency of logistics processes. With the new asset intelligence system, connectivity hardware installed in freight cars provides the necessary information instantly, thus making it possible to pinpoint the location of each car. As a result, rail shipments can be tracked and monitored from start to finish, which in turn saves money, improves logistics planning, and helps ensure more reliable scheduling and increased delivery punctuality.

Monitoring goods to increase security
A refrigerator car loaded with food is on its way from Hamburg to Cologne. How warm is it inside this freight car? Is the cold chain still intact? By measuring factors such as temperature and air humidity, sensors inside the car provide answers to these questions. The connectivity hardware sends the information gathered to a server and makes it available through an online portal. Should the temperature inside the car pass a critical threshold, the system immediately raises the alarm and notifies the control center. In this way, transport conditions can be monitored at all times along the entire route, and the system ensures that food always arrives fresh at its destination.

Transparent vibration monitoring
Maneuvering and loading goods for transport can result in abrupt movements and vibrations strong enough to damage freight cars and the goods they carry. The connectivity hardware features a triaxial acceleration sensor that measures how strongly, how often, and exactly where freight cars are buffeted and analyzes the data. This makes it possible to determine the cause of any potential damage to the cars or their loads and verify the conditions of transport.

Precise mileage recording
All passenger cars are fitted with an odometer that shows how many miles have been driven and when to schedule the car’s next service. Thanks to Bosch, this is now also possible for railroad freight cars. Operators can track the GPS position of a given car on a map of the rail network and determine how far it travels. Using this information, they can then schedule servicing intervals based on mileage and condition and make any necessary repairs in good time – minimizing downtimes and costs.

Geofencing and burglar alarms for increased efficiency and security
In addition to wanting to know where a particular freight car is, operators frequently require information on when it enters the station grounds or if it has made an unplanned departure from the expected route. This is where geofencing comes in. After a virtual zone has been defined online, each freight car automatically sends an e-mail or text message once it reaches the zone boundary. The arrival notification feature makes it possible to generate electronic delivery notes automatically and optimize logistics processes. And by using information on if and when a car’s doors have been opened, the system also increases the security of goods in transit.

Further information:
Bosch and SBB Cargo are working on a connected freight car
Bosch makes freight trains part of the internet
Bosch compact Bosch Engineering

Condition monitoring system for rail freight transportation:
Footage of freight transportation by rail:
Collision warning system for light rail and trams:
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  • January 20, 2016
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  • January 05, 2016
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CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas When cars help out in the kitchen: For Bosch, “Simply.Connected.” is the name of the game Smart solutions that improve convenience and safety

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “We want to make people's lives better and easier with intelligent solutions. Connectivity is the key to this.”
  • Bosch offers cross-domain solutions and is connecting mobility with energy, building, and industrial technology
  • World premiere: first emergency eCall adapter for vehicle retrofits
Las Vegas, Nevada – At CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Bosch is showcasing technology that is “Invented for life”: innovations for the home, city, car, and workplace. The supplier of technology and services is committed to driving forward connectivity via the internet of things. “Our aim is to provide safer, more convenient, and more efficient solutions for energy, mobility, industry, and the smart home. We want to make people's lives better and easier, and the key to this is connectivity,” said Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner, speaking at the company's press conference at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Bosch is using the slogan “Simply.Connected.” to highlight this approach at CES, where the company is presenting solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and Industry 4.0.

In the connectivity business, Bosch benefits from its broad product portfolio and in-depth industry expertise based on decades of experience. “Bosch can connect mobility with energy, building, and industrial technology to offer cross-domain services – something no other company can,” Denner said.
He gave the example of connected cars. These can communicate with the smart home via the navigation system, so drivers can for instance preheat the oven for dinner before they even arrive home.
In the field of connected mobility, Bosch is presenting a world first: Retrofit eCall. The eCall automatic emergency notification system, launched in 2012, had previously been available solely as standard equipment on new vehicles, but now it is also available as a retrofit solution. Plugged into the car's cigarette lighter, the sensor unit is designed to detect collisions and send the relevant information to a service center. Depending on the severity of the accident, the service center either contacts the driver directly or notifies the nearest emergency services.

Expertise in sensors, hardware, and software
Besides a major expansion in its service portfolio, Bosch is building on its expertise in sensors and software. One reason is that the company is the globally leading manufacturer of micromechanical sensors, known as MEMS sensors. Every day, more than four million of these high-tech sensors leave the wafer fab in Reutlingen, Germany – Bosch has manufactured a total of over six billion MEMS since 1995. Three out of four smartphones today are fitted with the tiny Bosch sensors, as are many other consumer electronics devices, including wearables such as fitness wristbands and smartwatches. Bosch expects particularly robust growth in the wearables segment: from 76 million units in 2015, production is expected to more than double to 173 million by 2019.

Another reason is Bosch's strong position in the software sector. Of its approximately 55,000 researchers and developers worldwide, about one third work in software development and more than 3,000 on the internet of things. This know-how is supplemented by comprehensive hardware expertise: Bosch is one of the world's leading manufacturers across many sectors, from the automotive supply industry and industrial technology to energy and building technology and consumer goods. “Bosch combines the best of both worlds – industry and IT. Regardless of whether this business develops in an evolutionary or disruptive way, we will continue to be part of it,” Denner said in Las Vegas.

Smart homes offer greater convenience and safety
Bosch is also hard at work on the smart home. Are the windows closed? Did the stove get turned off, is there enough milk for breakfast tomorrow? Bosch technology has made these worries a thing of the past. The latest studies indicate that by 2020, some 230 million households worldwide – 15 percent of the global market – will feature smart home technology. By consolidating its smart home activities in a new company at the start of the year, Bosch has already taken a crucial step in driving the smart home forward: in the future, the company will offer a host of products and services for the connected home from a single source. The portfolio will include a smart home system that can report break-ins and also helps manage the heating more efficiently.

Smart cities improve quality of life
“Bosch is not content with just making homes smart,” Denner said. “We are currently involved in five projects around the world that are increasing the intelligence of entire cities. This improves people's quality of life as well as the city's economic efficiency.” According to a UN study, two-thirds of the global population will be living in cities by 2050. This calls for an intelligent networking of power grids, traffic infrastructure, and buildings. One of the basic building blocks of the smart city is the Bosch IoT Suite. This is a software platform that integrates all the functions necessary for connecting devices, users, and services.

Parking is another headache that Bosch is looking to eliminate. Drivers trying to find a parking space account for 30 percent of urban congestion. One way to combat this is to equip cars or parking spaces with sensors that detect and notify drivers when a space is free. Bosch has implemented this idea in its community-based parking concept: as cars drive around, they detect and measure free parking spaces between vehicles parked at the curb. This information is entered into real-time maps that can be called up on a smartphone or in the car's navigation system. Drivers looking for parking in residential or urban areas can then find a space without too much circling around. This reduces wear on the drivers' nerves, saves time and money, and is better for the environment.

Bosch solutions for the connected mobility of tomorrow
At the interface between smart cities and connected vehicles is fully automatic parking, which Bosch plans to realize by 2018. The idea is for drivers to simply leave the car at the entrance to the parking lot or garage. The car then finds an available space and parks itself. When it's time to go, the car drives itself back to the drop-off point in the same way.

Bosch is also working on a highway pilot, an electronic chauffeur that drives on the freeway. As of 2020, it is expected that vehicles equipped with the pilot will be capable of driving on the freeway themselves. This primarily increases safety, but it makes motorists' lives easier as well: when the highway pilot is on, the driver becomes a passenger – able to lean back and relax or attend to other things. Bosch is testing automated driving on public roads in Germany, the U.S., and Japan.

Another important aspect of making driving even safer and more convenient is the communication between people and technology. “Delivering the right information at the right time minimizes driver distraction,” Denner said. Visitors to CES 2016 can experience this new kind of communication in the Bosch show car. For example, if a pedestrian approaches from the right, a lighting sequence is triggered to alert the driver.

Bosch is also presenting a touchscreen with haptic feedback, for which the company received a CES Innovation Award at the end of 2015. The product is unique in that the keys displayed on its screen feel like actual buttons, so drivers can often operate applications in the infotainment system, such as navigation, without looking. That means they need to take their eyes off the road much less, which makes driving safer.

Industry 4.0: the factory of the future is flexible, connected, and smart
To turn a lot of innovations into reality as quickly as possible, production has to become more flexible. “The factory of the future is flexible, connected, and smart, and it enables people, machines, and products to communicate with each other,” Denner said. “This is another area where we are better positioned than almost any other company, since we are both a leading provider and a leading exponent of Industry 4.0.”

Looking at Bosch's more than 250 plants worldwide, Denner estimates that Industry 4.0 will save the company hundreds of millions of euros annually in the years leading up to 2020. Two of the factors that will help achieve this goal are Bosch hardware and its software solutions for assessing data in real time. The mobile APAS production assistant, which the company is also showcasing at CES, ensures both flexibility and safety in production processes. Thanks to its sensor skin, APAS can safely work with people. And it has a hidden talent: at CES 2016, it will be serving coffee to visitors at Bosch's booth in the Sands Expo.

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Visit Bosch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (all times local)
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
    Press conference
    with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center, Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Keynote panel
    "Beyond Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Mobility"
    Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of
    Robert Bosch GmbH, Westgate Theater. Other panelists to include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    Conference track:
    The Internet of MEMS and Sensors
    Panel: "Technology Trends for the IoT"; Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO and general manager, Bosch Sensortec, Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4404
Friday, January 8, 2016Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Bosch booths
  • Focus on smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0 in the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center, booth #71517
  • Focus on connected mobility in the North Hall, booth #2302
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CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas Bosch is turning connected cars into personal assistants Preview of the user interfaces of tomorrow

  • CES organizers single out Bosch haptic touchscreen for award
  • Bosch showcases new solutions for automated driving and parking
  • Booth exhibits hands-on innovations
  • Show car uses entire dashboard as display
Las Vegas, Nevada – For drivers, having the internet in their car is more than just a convenient add-on. It makes driving even safer and more efficient. Bosch will be illustrating this at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas with a series of connected functions and assistance systems. The company will also be demonstrating how easy these systems are to operate while keeping driver distractions to a minimum. The CES organizers have presented an award to Bosch for its latest development, a touchscreen that generates the sensation of real buttons by way of haptic feedback. The Bosch booth in Las Vegas will also be offering a live, hands-on preview of automated driving and smart vehicle connectivity.

The car: the driver’s truly personal assistant
Bosch will be offering a glimpse into the car of the future in the North Hall. Here, visitors to the Bosch show car will experience a new kind of interaction between humans and technology. “The way to minimize driver distraction is to provide the right information at the right time,” said the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner. In the show car, the dashboard and central console have been transformed into an electronic display. The information shown on this giant display changes depending on the vehicle’s current surroundings. If a pedestrian approaches from the right, a lighting sequence is triggered to alert the driver. Drivers’ preferences as well as appointments in their diary are also taken into account. For example, if an appointment is cancelled, the car of the future will automatically indicate the route to the next appointment in the diary. Drivers will be able to activate the autopilot to free up even more time and make their journey more relaxed.

But tomorrow’s connected cars will also be capable of much more. With a connection to the smart home, they will enable household functions such as heating or security systems to be operated at any time. For example, should a courier attempt to deliver a package with no one at home, all it will take is the tap of a finger on the vehicle’s display to allow the courier to deposit the package inside the house and confirm receipt. Interaction with technology really will be able to take such varied forms, and offer such safety and convenience. Connected infotainment will let drivers navigate not just through the traffic but through their whole day. They will be able to use it to access online services and smartphone apps – and they will be able to control it using gestures and speech, just as if they were talking with a passenger. This will turn the car into the driver’s truly personal assistant.

A touchscreen that feels like it has real buttons
In advance of the trade show, Bosch has received a CES 2016 Innovation Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category for a new touchscreen. This device can generate different surface textures, allowing elements to be felt on the display. This haptic feedback makes it easier to operate infotainment applications such as navigation, radio, and smartphone functions. Often drivers will not even need to look at the information on the screen to control it – instead, they can keep their eyes on the road. The screen generates the feel of rough, smooth, and patterned surfaces to indicate different buttons and functions; to make a selection, a button needs to be pressed more firmly. What makes this special is that the touchscreen looks no different from an ordinary display – and yet it gives users the impression that they are pressing real buttons.

No need to fear wrong-way drivers: a guardian angel in the cloud
Connectivity makes driver information more up to date than ever before. This is particularly important when it comes to wrong-way drivers. In general, it takes several minutes for radio stations to issue warnings over the airwaves, but a third of wrong-way driving incidents finish after just 500 meters. Bosch is currently developing a new cloud-based wrong-way driver alert that will let drivers know of any danger just ten seconds after it arises. As a pure software module, it can be integrated at low cost into smartphone apps such as Bosch’s myDriveAssist or existing infotainment systems. In order to detect wrong-way driving, the cloud-based function compares actual, anonymized vehicle movement on freeways with the permitted direction of travel. If there is a discrepancy, wrong-way drivers are warned of their error in a matter of seconds. At the same time, nearby cars traveling in the opposite direction are alerted to the danger. Starting in 2016, the new function will be available as a cloud service.

The highway pilot will increase road safety from 2020
Highly automated driving will further increase the safety of road traffic. This development will come to freeways in 2020. According to forecasts made by Bosch accident researchers, increasing automation can significantly reduce accident numbers – by up to a third in Germany alone. At CES 2016, Bosch will be showcasing the systems and sensors necessary for automated journeys in another demo vehicle at the Sands Expo. Visitors will also learn how the highway pilot works, a highly automated system that assumes all the driver’s tasks and responsibilities on freeways. This technology is already being tested on public roads. Bosch is testing automated driving on freeways not only in Germany and the United States but now also in Japan.

In the future, cars will also be able to see around bends and be aware of possible danger spots, thanks to a stream of real-time information from the internet on the location of traffic jams, construction sites, and accidents. This data will serve as an electronic “connected horizon” and give cars an even better picture of what lies ahead – further increasing safety and efficiency.

It’s up to cars, not drivers, to find a parking space
Every journey ends with parking. To make this job easier, Bosch is developing a new function called automated valet parking. This solution does more than relieve drivers of the task of finding a vacant space in a parking garage: it enables cars to park themselves. Drivers can simply leave the car at the entrance to the parking garage. Using a smartphone app, they then instruct their car to find a space for itself. When ready to leave, they call the car back to the drop-off point in the same way. Fully automated parking relies on smart infrastructure in parking garages plus the vehicle’s on-board sensor systems – and connectivity for both. Sensors in the pavement provide up-to-date information on where free parking spaces are located, so cars know where to go. Bosch is developing not only the fully automated parking function but also all the necessary components in-house.

Further information:
Press release on the CES 2016 Innovation Award


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Germany: Stephan Kraus, phone +49(711)811-6286
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (all times local)
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
    Press conference with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center, Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Keynote panel "Beyond Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Mobility"
    Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Westgate Theater. Other panelists to include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Conference track: The Internet of MEMS and Sensors
    Panel: "Wearables and Smart Sensors Advancing User Interface"
    Dr. Horst Muenzel, CEO and general manager, Akustica
    Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4404
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    Conference track: The Internet of MEMS and Sensors
    Panel: "Technology Trends for the IoT"; Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO and general manager, Bosch Sensortec, Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4404
Friday, January 8, 2016
  • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
    Conference track: Exploring Tomorrow's Automotive Mobility Ecosystem
    Panel: "Implications for Players in Tomorrow's Mobility Ecosystem"
    Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, project vice president, Connected Parking, Robert Bosch GmbH, Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N261
Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Bosch booths
  • Focus on smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0 in the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center, booth #71517
  • Focus on connected mobility in the North Hall, booth #2302
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Second Bosch evaluation of driver assistance systems Emergency braking and lane assist systems on the rise

  • Germany: One in five newly registered passenger cars in 2014 equipped with lane assist systems and emergency braking systems
  • Parking assistance systems are the most common assistance systems in Europe
  • In Germany, twice as many new passenger cars were equipped with ACC in 2014 as in 2013
  • Bosch sales of radar and video sensors will once again double in 2015
Stuttgart, Germany – Driver assistance systems are playing an increasingly greater role when it comes to purchasing a car. The importance of lane assist and automatic emergency braking systems in particular has grown significantly. According to a Bosch evaluation based on the 2014 registration statistics, one in five of the nearly three million newly registered passenger cars in Germany last year were equipped with such systems. By way of comparison, the evaluation for 2013 revealed that the two assistance systems featured in only one in ten new cars. The Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel welcomes the positive trend: “Driver assistance systems can only make traffic safer if they are widely used.” In Germany alone, up to 72 percent of rear-end collisions resulting in injury could be prevented if all vehicles were equipped with an emergency braking system. According to Bosch accident research, lane keeping support can prevent up to 28 percent of accidents resulting in injury that are caused by drivers accidentally leaving their lanes.

Technical requirement found in increasing number of modern cars
The added degree of safety that driver assistance systems provide is one key reason for their growing popularity. Automatic emergency braking systems in particular are also benefiting from the new Euro NCAP ratings scheme. From 2016, new vehicles must have a predictive pedestrian protection feature if automakers wish to receive the European consumer association's top five-star rating. Driven by changes to the testing specifications and fostered by decreasing costs, an increasing number of modern passenger cars are equipped with sensors that monitor their surroundings. This trend is reflected in Bosch's sales figures as well: radar and video sensor sales will once again double in 2015.

One surround sensor facilitates several driver assistance systems
Bosch is the world market leader for radar sensors with 77 GHz technology, and 2016 is poised to see the production of the ten-millionth radar sensor. With its mid-range radar sensor (MRR), Bosch has made radar technology affordable for the general market. The MRR is used, for example, in the VW Polo and Golf, which means that it can be found in the price-sensitive segment for small and compact cars. One sensor can serve as the basis for several driver assistance systems. Apart from an emergency braking system, the MRR also facilitates adaptive cruise control (ACC). ACC automatically maintains both the driver's chosen speed and a programmed safe distance to the vehicle in front. When combined with a rear-end collision warning system, the ACC can reduce the amount of heavy braking on freeways by 67 percent. It also results in 73 percent fewer instances of tailgating. ACC was found in eight percent of all new cars in 2014, which is twice as many vehicles with this technology as after the first Bosch evaluation a year before.

One in every four new passenger cars can detect when drivers are tired
The number of new cars equipped with road sign recognition and drowsiness recognition systems also grew – each by two percentage points over 2013. Six percent of all cars that were newly registered last year are able to recognize certain traffic signs on the side of the road with the help of a video camera. The information is then shown as a symbol on the dashboard display and helps drivers to navigate the “road sign jungle.” The drowsiness recognition system was installed in one-quarter of all new cars in 2014. Bosch's solution uses the steering angle sensor and electric power steering to constantly analyze the driver's steering behavior for typical signs of drowsiness. The system immediately registers small, abrupt steering maneuvers, and when it factors in additional parameters, such as the length of the drive and the time of day, it recognizes signs of the onset of drowsiness. Before the driver threatens to nod off, the drowsiness recognition system warns him or her in due time to pull over for a break.

Parking assistance systems are the most common in new cars
Intelligent headlight control automatically switches on the high beams outside built-up areas as long as it does not detect any vehicles ahead or any oncoming traffic. It also constantly adjusts the headlights to the course of the road. Systems that are only capable of continuously adjusting low-beam headlights were not included in the latest evaluation. As a result, the proportion of vehicles fitted with intelligent headlight control has decreased. In 2014, it featured in only 13 percent of newly registered passenger cars. For the first time, Bosch included parking assistance systems in its evaluation. They include parking aids based on ultrasonic sensors, which use acoustic signals to inform drivers of the distance between the vehicle and obstacles while parking, as well as reversing cameras and parking assistants. The latter also take control of the steering when parking, while the driver remains in charge of accelerating and braking. In 2014, according to the Bosch study, one in two (52 percent) newly registered cars in Germany was equipped with parking assistance systems, which makes them the most common assistance system in new cars.

Different countries – but similar preferences for driver assistance systems
Parking assistance systems are very popular outside Germany as well. In 2014, every second new car (50 percent) in Belgium as well as the Netherlands also came equipped with such systems, which are also found in 19 percent of newly registered passenger cars in the United Kingdom. Automatic emergency braking systems are even more common in Belgium than in Germany. One in four newly registered passenger cars there support drivers with braking when encountering an obstacle. In the Netherlands, 17 percent of new cars are capable of providing such support, while the same is true of eleven percent in Spain and five percent in the United Kingdom. A look at the other EU countries with respect to lane keeping support reveals that 14 percent of new cars in Belgium in 2014 were equipped with such a system, eleven percent in the Netherlands, nine percent in Spain, and six percent in the United Kingdom.

Bosch study based on the 2014 statistics for newly registered cars
To conduct its evaluation of driver assistance systems, Bosch used data from the service provider Polk and the German Federal Motor Transport Authority's 2014 statistics for newly registered cars. On this basis, Bosch identified the most important vehicle models in each segment. Bosch then examined the lists of vehicle features to determine what driver assistance systems were offered.

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First Bosch evaluation of driver assistance systems
Glossary of Bosch driver assistance systems
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CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas “Simply.Connected.” – Smart Bosch solutions at CES 2016 Overview of the Bosch exhibit: Sands Expo / North Hall

  • The smart home: a central control point for all intelligently connected devices
  • Smart cities: Bosch software and solutions for the city of tomorrow
  • Connected mobility: Improved safety, convenience, and efficiency through connectivity
  • Industry 4.0: production assistants for flexible and efficient manufacturing
  • Tiny sensors allow new applications
Las Vegas, Nevada – At CES 2016, Bosch is presenting connected technology and services at two booths. At the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo (booth #71517), the supplier of technology and services is showcasing the smart home, smart cities, and Industry 4.0. In the North Hall, the space devoted to automakers, Bosch is offering a look at the topic of connected mobility (booth #2302).

Smart homes: visitors get a peek inside the home of the future
Sands Expo
Smart-home system: Controlling all the connected devices in a home via one platform – this will soon be possible with the Bosch smart-home system. Designed for use in conjunction with a corresponding app for smartphone and tablet, the Bosch smart-home controller is the command center of the smart home. Lighting, heating, smoke alarms, doors, windows – everything can communicate with everything else. When the occupant leaves the house and closes the front door, the system automatically switches off the lights and turns down the heat. The first products for the connected home that Bosch is presenting at CES include the Bosch smart-home controller, smart thermostats, door and window contacts, and the “Hue” lighting solutions by its partner Philips. Other products are already in the pipeline.

Connected household appliances: Bosch is presenting a comprehensive portfolio of connected household appliances, such as refrigerators with interior cameras. Owners of these refrigerators can use their smartphones at the supermarket to quickly and conveniently check if there are still tomatoes in the crisper or enough eggs for breakfast.

“Smart mowing 2.0”: The Bosch Indego Connect mows the lawn when the conditions are right: not too hot, not too wet, and not too cold. The system is nonetheless flexible: Users can opt to set certain times during which the mower should not operate, or they can make use of the app’s newly integrated weather forecast feature to decide when the mower should go into action. Using the Bosch Smart Gardening app, the Indego Connect can be operated simply and conveniently from anywhere via smartphone or tablet. The result: maximum control and convenience while getting the same lawn area mown at least 30 percent faster than robotic lawnmowers that mow at random.

TrackMyTools: Workers who use Bosch’s server-based TrackMyTools solution know where their tools are at all times and can check to see if they have everything they need for site visits. TrackMyTools optimizes workflows, saves time, increases a company’s productivity, and is easy to operate from anywhere using a smartphone app.

Sensor technology: innovations and sample applications
Sands Expo
Bosch MEMS sensors (MEMS stands for microelectromechanical systems) can be found in vehicles, smartphones, games consoles, and tablets, as well as in countless other devices. Without them, a whole host of applications – in consumer electronics, but also in cars – would not be possible at all. Although only tiny, their impact is enormous: they help save lives and energy, and make driving more relaxed. Bosch MEMS sensors are the eyes and ears of billions of electronic devices.

Intelligent acceleration sensors: Smartphone and tablet apps present sensors with increasingly difficult challenges. They have to be ready for use at the drop of a hat and fulfill a whole host of different functions – without compromising battery life. To meet these demands, Bosch has developed the first acceleration sensors with integrated intelligence. They open up the possibility of new functions, such as gaming and fitness applications. At CES, Bosch is demonstrating the first acceleration sensors to feature integrated intelligence and be compatible with Android while also being particularly energy saving.

High-performance yaw-rate sensors: Yaw-rate sensors are necessary for many different applications, including gaming, augmented reality, virtual reality, and optical image stabilization. The two new triaxial Bosch yaw-rate sensors were developed especially for applications in these areas. Their low operating costs, low noise, and high image stability are especially noteworthy. Despite their high performance, the two sensors have the lowest power consumption of any discrete yaw-rate sensors in the market. In this way, they help prolong the battery life of mobile devices.

Bosch Ambient Sensor: Bosch’s Ambient Sensor is a smart sensor solution capable of measuring, analyzing, and communicating environmental conditions in buildings. These conditions include air quality, lighting conditions, and noise levels. The built-in sensor can help create better climatic conditions in offices and living spaces, for example by sending its readings to the facility manager’s smartphone and recommending changes to a room’s ventilation, temperature, or humidity. Its long battery life is a further advantage. The Ambient Sensor can not only be integrated into building automation systems, but also operated as a standalone solution.

XDK sensor platform for developing new IoT solutions: What if someone has an idea for an IoT (internet of things) application, but does not have a technical platform for building it? Bosch now offers a solution for this in the shape of its XDK sensor platform, a comprehensive hardware and software platform featuring different types of sensors as well as Bluetooth and wi-fi connections. It features a range of components including an acceleration sensor, a yaw-rate sensor, a magnetometer, and sensors to measure atmospheric pressure, air temperature and humidity, noise levels, and digital light. Companies can use this in developing their own IoT solutions – whether large or small. The XDK sensor platform is easy to install and to adapt to each application. In addition, developers are invited to join the XDK community. There, members can share their knowledge about functions and features, get inspired with new ideas for projects, present their work at exciting events, and win prizes. With its XDK sensor platform, Bosch helps its customers get new IoT business ideas ready for full-scale production as quickly as possible.

Smart cities: software and parking solutions for the city of tomorrow
Sands Expo
Bosch IoT Suite: Bosch’s IoT Suite is a software platform for interconnecting a city’s various applications, services, municipal authorities, and companies. At CES, Bosch is presenting visualized scenarios to demonstrate how the IoT Suite can connect power grids, lighting systems, traffic infrastructure, and buildings, helping to improve cities’ economic and energy efficiency.

Active parking lot management: Bosch’s active parking lot management makes it easier for drivers to find a parking space and helps parking garage operators improve capacity utilization. Bosch sensors installed in the pavement detect whether a parking space is occupied. The sensors wirelessly relay this information to a server, where the data is incorporated into a real-time map. Drivers can then access this map over their smartphones or the internet, allowing them to pick out an available space and navigate to it.

Community-based parking: In residential and inner-city areas, on-road parking spaces are a scarce commodity. Bosch community-based parking makes the search for suitable spaces easier. As the car drives around, it detects and measures free parking spaces between vehicles parked at the curb. The information is transferred to a digital road map. Powerful Bosch algorithms then corroborate the data to supply a prediction of the parking situation. Vehicles in the vicinity can access the digital map in real time, allowing drivers to navigate to a suitable spot.

Fully automated parking: Automated valet parking is a Bosch function that not only relieves drivers of having to search for a parking space, but also enables the vehicle to park itself. Drivers simply drop off their vehicle at the entrance to a parking garage. Using a smartphone app, they instruct the car to find itself a place to park. They instruct the car to return to the drop-off point in exactly the same way. Fully automated parking will require several things, including an intelligent parking garage infrastructure, on-board vehicle sensors, and connectivity for both. The car and parking garage communicate with each other: occupancy sensors identify where available parking spaces are located, so that the car knows where to go. Bosch is developing all the necessary components for fully automated parking in-house.

Connected mobility: more safety, convenience, and efficiency
North Hall
Touchscreen with haptic feedback: In advance of the trade show, Bosch received a CES 2016 Innovation Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category for this screen. Haptic elements supplement the visual and acoustic interaction with the screen. The simulation of various surface textures makes it possible to recognize individual elements by touch. Users place a finger on what appears to be a button, or key. They then have to press more firmly on the virtual button to activate it. This reduces driver distraction, as they no longer have to visually check what they are doing. In terms of appearance, the haptic touchscreen looks no different from a standard display.

Connected Horizon: Even today, the electronic horizon provides data on inclines and the sharpness of bends to complement navigation data. The connected horizon will build on this by adding current, dynamic data relating to traffic jams, accidents, and mobile construction sites. This solution enables drivers to travel more safely and with an even better picture of the road ahead.

Bosch mySPIN is an appealing smartphone integration solution that smoothly integrates the smartphone into the vehicle, ensuring safe in-car use. This means drivers can continue to use their favorite apps safely and in the usual way, both for iOS and Android smartphones. The apps are pared down to show relevant information only, and displayed and managed via the vehicle display. To ensure minimum disruption and maximum safety, they have been specifically tested for use while driving.

Wrong-way driver alert: In Germany alone, some 2,000 warnings about wrong-way drivers are broadcast each year. In most cases, however, the warning comes too late, since such incidents generally end after an average of 500 meters – in the worst case with fatal consequences. Bosch is developing a new cloud-based solution designed to provide a warning within ten seconds or so. As a pure software module, this alert function can also be inexpensively integrated into existing infotainment systems or apps.

Highway pilot: The highway pilot takes over driving on freeways. Sensors monitor the vehicle’s surroundings, and the car combines this information with extremely accurate and up-to-date map data. This allows the driver to sit back and relax on most freeway routes while the car drives with a high degree of autonomy. Bosch is already testing this technology on public roads in the U.S., Germany, and Japan, so the highway pilot could be ready for mass production by 2020.

Retrofit eCall: Using the sensor-supported Retrofit eCall adapter, anyone can retrofit their cars with the automatic emergency eCall service. The adapter is suitable for all vehicle types; it plugs into the car’s cigarette lighter and connects with a smartphone app. If the integrated sensor registers a crash, it sends data such as the car’s current location to the app, which passes it on to a control center. A further practical feature is that the adapter’s USB slot can be used to charge devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Industry 4.0: automated assistants for production
Sands Expo
APAS assistant: Normally, the mobile APAS assistant would be stationed on the shop floor, as it has been designed to work with people there. But at CES 2016 it is adopting an entirely new function: serving coffee to visitors at the main Bosch booth at the Sands Expo. Thanks to its patented “sensor skin,” the robot immediately stops whenever someone gets too close.

APAS safeskin and APAS speedswitch: The mobile production assistants in the APAS family work hand in hand with people, and unlike other robots, without a safety barrier. This is possible thanks to a robot arm studded with 120 sensors and equipped with a three-finger gripper. An integrated laser scanner monitors the robot’s surroundings. If the robot recognizes that people are nearby, it slows down its working pace accordingly. As soon as there are no people in close proximity, the robot can ramp up to full speed. This increases productivity without endangering any workers.

IoT shopfloor solutions: automation software for connected factories: In Las Vegas, Bosch is presenting its IoT shopfloor solutions, an automation solution for managing production and logistics chains in a connected factory. The system includes software modules that help experts flexibly control and monitor production data, quality data, and logistics processes according to the customer’s specifications. Intuitive user interfaces make it easy to work with the machine. They make it possible for manufacturing workers, even those without previous programming knowledge, to define rules; for example, to automatically recognize problems and resolve them in good time. Further features allow companies to connect machines around the world and analyze production data in near real time. The IoT shopfloor solutions also include a new augmented reality app. It supplies the on-site experts with the latest production data or operating instructions and allows them to look inside the machine without having to open it.


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Visit Bosch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (all times local)
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
    Press conference with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center, Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Keynote panelBeyond Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Mobility
    Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Westgate Theater. Other panelists to include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Conference track: The Internet of MEMS and Sensors
    Panel:Wearables and Smart Sensors Advancing User Interface
    Dr. Horst Muenzel, CEO and general manager, Akustica
    Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4404
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    Conference track: The Internet of MEMS and Sensors
    Panel:Technology Trends for the IoT”; Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO and general manager, Bosch Sensortec, Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4404
Friday, January 8, 2016
  • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
    Conference track: Exploring Tomorrow's Automotive Mobility Ecosystem
    Panel:Implications for Players in Tomorrow's Mobility Ecosystem
    Dr. Rolf Nicodemus, project vice president, Connected Parking, Robert Bosch GmbH, Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N261
Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Bosch booths
  • Focus on smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0 in the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center, booth #71517
  • Focus on connected mobility in the North Hall, booth #2302
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Market of the future: Augmented Reality Bosch plans to acquire a stake in the Augmented Reality specialist Reflekt GmbH

  • Bosch investment strengthens the position in an important field of technology
  • Bosch and Reflekt jointly developed the world's first software platform for the industrialization of Augmented Reality
  • A wide variety of applications are possible in virtually any industrial sector
For the last two years, Bosch has already been closely cooperating with Reflekt GmbH in the development of Augmented Reality (AR) applications for production, service, training and marketing applications. Bosch now plans to extend this successful cooperation by taking a minority stake in the AR specialist. Contracts to that effect were signed on December 16, 2015. Since its foundation in 2012, the Augmented Reality startup Reflekt has evolved into one of the most renowned companies in the area of industrial AR solutions. Its international team in Munich (Germany) consists of more than 25 employees. The transaction is subject to the approval of the cartel authorities.

Investing in an important future technology
“In the future, Augmented Reality applications will be used in many areas of our lives. In the industrial sector and the automotive aftermarket, AR applications will save time and reduce costs,” says Dr. Eng. Hans-Peter Meyen, Member of the Divisional Board of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division. Reflekt CEO Wolfgang Stelzle adds: “We are convinced our long-term partnership with Bosch will be strengthened by this investment. The reputation and market position of Bosch will accelerate our international expansion and product development.”

Augmented Reality applications enhance the perception of reality by combining reality with augmented information. Once the user points his smart-phone or tablet camera onto a specific area, additional digital information such as explanations, 3D objects or videos are shown on the display of the device. In automotive workshops, for instance, Augmented Reality allows technicians to see components true to scale and in their correct location, even though they may not be visible on the product without disassembly. Work instructions, error codes and the required tools are displayed as well. “Together with Reflekt, we will continue to advance our worldwide position in this important pioneering field,” Meyen says.

Software platform for the industrial development of Augmented Reality
Having been involved in AR applications at an early stage, Bosch and the AR specialist Reflekt have evolved into worldwide leaders in the industrialization of Augmented Reality. Together, both companies developed the “Common Augmented Reality Platform (CAP)”; the world's first software platform for the industrialization of AR. Using CAP, highly complex AR applications and their digital and visual contents can be integrated quickly and easily in technical documentation or diagnostic procedures. The platform enables integration into existing IT infrastructures. Also, it enables easy integration of data such as text information, circuit diagrams, videos and augmented 3D animations. CAP thus allows the industrialization of AR applications. In this way, Bosch and Reflekt have already developed a range of AR applications throughout the last two years. Combining the AR competence of Reflekt with Bosch expertise in the area of documentation and solutions development for service, production and training, a unique product has been created. This enables, for the first time, the wide-spread use of AR in industrial environments.

Besides applications for the automotive sector, Bosch also sees a variety of useful possibilities to apply Augmented Reality in other industrial sectors. As part of the total solution, Bosch offers licensing of the CAP system combined with consulting, engineering and complete authoring services.

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Heiderose Dreiner
Phone +49 721/942-3145

Dirk Schart
Phone +49 89/122045-15

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at

Founded in 2012, RE’FLEKT has evolved into Europe’s leading experts for business solutions including Augmented and Virtual Reality. At the location in Munich, employees from different nations create interactive applications for industry, media and marketing. RE’FLEKT focuses on the development of user-oriented applications for mobile devices and smart goggles. Its customers include Alstom, Audi, BMW, Bosch, Hyperloop, Porsche, ProSiebenSat1 Media and ThyssenKrupp among others. RE’FLEKT conducts its own research in cooperation with the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Technische Universität München.

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Pilot project in Stuttgart Free park and ride spaces are just a click away

  • Verband Region Stuttgart and Robert Bosch GmbH launch pilot project on active parking lot management
  • Bosch sensors identify free park and ride spaces along commuter rail lines
    S2 and S3
  • Drivers get information on free parking spaces via an app or online
  • Fifteen park and ride facilities to be equipped with occupancy sensors
Stuttgart, Germany – When drivers know whether a space is available in a park and ride lot, they are more likely to park their cars and use commuter rail services instead. This is the basic idea behind a pilot project on active parking lot management that Verband Region Stuttgart (Stuttgart regional association) is now launching in cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH.

At 15 park and ride facilities along the commuter train lines S2 (Schorndorf) and S3 (Backnang), sensors from Robert Bosch GmbH will identify unoccupied parking spaces on a minute-by-minute basis and communicate this information in real time, according to the plans. The information on free parking spaces will then be available from the VVS Transit and Tariff Association Stuttgart app and website. Eleven cities and communities in the northeast of the greater Stuttgart area have agreed to support the pilot project. They will provide internet connections and electricity for the park and ride facilities, most of which are owned and operated by local municipalities. Verband Region Stuttgart will support this project with funding from a state-wide program aimed at transforming Stuttgart into a model of sustainability.

For Verband Region Stuttgart’s regional director Dr. Nicola Schelling, this trial will help make switching between cars and public transit more appealing: “By incorporating the latest technology in this project, we’re improving service in the region.” In urban parking garages, the standard for many years has been to count the number of times the gates open in order to calculate the available parking spaces inside. “We’re breaking new ground when it comes to park and ride facilities,” says Dr. Jürgen Wurmthaler, who is in charge of regional business development activities. The facilities used in the pilot do not have any gates, and some have more than one entrance or exit.

“With our sensors, we’re making the parking spaces part of the internet of things. We’re taking the search for free park and ride spaces off drivers’ shoulders. By doing so, we’re reducing the congestion associated with the search for parking and minimizing environmental impact,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

The pilot project will start at the beginning of 2016 with the installation of the Bosch sensors and will continue until June 2018. Occupancy levels will also be examined and analyzed to see whether the real-time information on free park and ride spaces actually encourages more drivers to take buses and trains. In the Stuttgart region, there are over 100 park and ride facilities with 50 to 700 parking spaces. The smallest facility in the pilot project has 49 spaces (Schorndorf), while the largest has over 520 spaces (Waiblingen).

Related links:
Bosch helps drivers find the perfect parking space

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UN climate conference in Paris Bosch reduces energy consumption CO2 emissions already cut by 20 percent

  • Manufacturing and buildings consume less energy
  • Efficiency measures lead to savings of around 530 million euros
  • Board of management member Struth: “Cutting CO2 emissions is a part of our social responsibility as businesspeople”
Stuttgart – Bosch is making progress when it comes to climate protection. Since 2007, the company has succeeded in reducing relative CO2 emissions related to value-added by more than 20 percent thanks to various energy-saving measures, such as the use of eco-friendly technologies in manufacturing and the installation of efficient heating technology in buildings. “The conservation of resources and reduction of CO2 emissions are a part of our social responsibility as business people. By using intelligent energy-saving technology, industry can make a significant contribution to climate protection,” said Dr. Werner Struth, the Bosch board of management member responsible for environmental protection. The measures aimed at saving energy are set to be expanded in the future. However, energy efficiency not only benefits the environment and society, but is also a key factor for companies in achieving a competitive edge, according to Struth. For Bosch, the lower energy consumption is already paying off financially. Between 2007 and 2014 alone, the company saved around 530 million euros in energy costs through in-house measures.

CO2 coordinators analyze energy consumption
Bosch has implemented many projects aimed at supplying itself with renewable energy. Today, a modern hydroelectric facility supplies the company’s plant in Blaichach, Germany, for example. The location generates around three-quarters of the energy it needs itself. At various Bosch locations, specially trained CO2 coordinators are also searching for ways to save energy. These experts and their teams analyze the energy consumption of production facilities, for example. The information gained makes it possible to reduce the consumption of electricity and heat by switching off power consumers that are not currently needed, to name one method. Bosch also provides many of its solutions for more energy efficiency to industrial customers, who can achieve energy savings of up to 30 percent.

A few examples of how Bosch is saving energy:

Corporate research in Renningen, Germany: green roofs for climate control and photovoltaic arrays
The company’s new research campus in Renningen features green roofs. Like a sponge, they absorb rainwater, which they release in small quantities during dry periods. Having the sun shine on the green surfaces rather than directly on the roofs saves energy on climate control systems within the buildings. To save even more power, all the windows of the main building have been triple-glazed. The building is also equipped with a sun-shade system that automatically lowers itself in bright sunlight. This combination cuts energy consumption by 20 to 30 percent – energy that the air-conditioning system would otherwise have needed for cooling. In addition, the photovoltaic arrays on the roofs of the campus buildings generate as much electricity as around 100 families use in a year, thus reducing CO2 emissions by 200 metric tons annually.

Beringen, Switzerland: thermal groundwater use
At the Packaging Technology location in Beringen, Switzerland, a modern building is heated with the help of a subterranean groundwater basin. In this system, pumps extract up to 2,000 liters of groundwater a minute from a depth of 40 meters. They transport it to two heat pumps that generate heating energy by way of energy conversion. In summer, it is possible to cool the building directly by using the groundwater, as its temperature of around twelve degrees Celsius is significantly cooler than the temperature inside the building. To make this possible, the groundwater is heated in a closed-circuit system using a heat exchanger and then returned to below the surface. The building complies with the Minergie standard, a Swiss seal of quality for energy-optimized construction. The modern building and the use of groundwater saves 180,000 liters of heating oil and around 480 metric tons of CO2 a year during heating and cooling. Capturing this amount of CO2 from the air would require planting approximately 35,000 trees.

Worcester, United Kingdom: water recycling
At the Thermotechnology location in Worcester, a new water-recycling system is helping ensure efficiency and resource conservation in manufacturing. Every year, the location needs around 110 million liters of water in research and development, in its long-term testing facilities, and in production. The new recycling system makes it possible to reuse cooling water from the production facilities. The recycling system saves twelve metric tons of CO2 and around 71 million liters of water annually – which corresponds approximately to the water consumption of 650 households.

Schweinfurt, Germany: combining extraction systems
The Bosch Rexroth plant in Schweinfurt has reduced its energy consumption by almost four gigawatt hours per year, which corresponds approximately to the energy consumption of 1,100 households. CO2 emissions have decreased by more than 1,500 metric tons. Combining the grinders’ extraction systems, which had previously been separate, made a major contribution to achieving these savings. Like large vacuum cleaners, they remove fumes and vapors from cooling lubricants. Cooling lubricants are necessary to cool and lubricate the grinding disks that are used in manufacturing as well as for parts during processing. The exhaust air from several systems now flows through pipes to a few larger filters. Thanks to a regulated motor, the fans extract only as much air as is necessary.

Mellansel, Sweden: energy-efficient painting technology
One of the most flexible and eco-friendly painting shops in the European mechanical engineering sector is located in Mellansel, Sweden. The machinery that is painted at this Bosch Rexroth plant includes heavy-duty hydraulic engines for recycling plants and mining. Engines that will subsequently come into contact with salt water are coated with several layers of corrosion-proofing. The temperature and the mix of water and color pigments are monitored closely so that excess heat can be recovered. As a result, energy consumption is 75 percent lower than it used to be. The switch to water-based paint also reduces the use of solvents by around 80 percent.

Nuremberg, Germany: oil tank converted into a modern refrigeration storage unit
The plant in Nuremberg has converted a former oil tank into a refrigeration storage unit. Together with refrigeration systems, it now makes a contribution to the energy-efficient cooling of lubricants. These lubricants are used to combat the heat that is created during the turning and milling of parts. The refrigeration systems cool water in advance. As in a refrigerator, the water remains at a constant temperature in the tank of the refrigeration storage unit. It also uses the ambient temperature to cool the tank itself. By doing so, the converted tank saves around 300 metric tons of CO2 a year. Capturing this amount of CO2 from the air would require planting a forest the size of approximately 30 soccer fields.

Rodez, France: biomass cogeneration plant
Bosch’s plant for diesel injectors in the southern French city of Rodez recently upgraded its heating system. As part of this, two of its three gas-fired cogeneration plants were replaced by a biomass cogeneration plant. It heats the buildings and supplies them with warm water. The new system has reduced the plant’s CO2 emissions by roughly 25 percent. In total, this adds up to annual savings of some 600 tons of CO2. The new system satisfies strict environmental regulations and exclusively runs on biomass from the local forestry industry.

Stuttgart-Feuerbach, Germany: retrofitted cleaning machines in diesel injection-pump manufacturing
The Feuerbach site manufactures diesel injection pumps that are used for fuel injection in vehicles. Before the housing of these diesel injection pumps can be assembled, they have to be cleaned several times to get rid of particles of dirt and grease. This can take place between the grinding and hardening processing steps, for example. To do so, cleaning machines wash the parts in hot baths, whose temperature was successfully reduced from 60 to 50 degrees Celsius without affecting manufacturing quality. In addition, the hot water generated by the buildings’ air-conditioning systems is today used to heat the baths. This alone makes it possible to save around 100 metric tons of CO2 a year. When no parts are being cleaned, the system automatically switches itself into standby mode. All told, this allows the plant to save around 2,100 megawatt hours of energy a year – approximately the same amount that a medium-sized wind turbine generates in the same period.

Sustainability at Bosch:

Bosch’s sustainability report (2014):

Bosch Sustainability Blog:

Related links:
Global Compact:

Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business:

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CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas
More safety and convenience from a single source
Bosch sets up new company for the smart home Presentation of first smart-home devices at CES 2016

  • New Bosch smart-home system allows things such as heating and lighting to be controlled using just one app
  • Focus on data protection and data security
  • Stefan Hartung: “An important strategic step toward pooling and expanding our range of solutions for the smart home.”
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is strengthening its business in solutions for the smart home. From January 1, 2016 the newly founded subsidiary Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH will bring together the company’s smart-home activities, including related software and sensor-system expertise. In the future, the new company will offer many products and services for connected homes from a single source: for example a new solution that can report break-ins and help control the heating to save energy. From January 2016, customers will be able to order the first Bosch products in this field online. These include the Bosch smart home controller, a smart thermostat, and a contact for doors or windows. The premiere will take place at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Bosch’s smart-home solutions are aimed at a giant market: according to market experts, by 2020 alone some 230 million homes worldwide – almost 15 percent of all households – will feature smart-home technologies.

Major business potential
“Setting up the Bosch smart-home subsidiary is an important strategic step toward pooling and expanding on our range of solutions for the smart home. Smart homes facilitate new services that make their occupants’ lives easier, and they offer major business potential,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector. “The Bosch smart-home system is easy to install and operate: one system, one app, one user experience. Our solutions relieve users of tiresome routine tasks while offering them more convenience and safety,” adds Dr. Peter Schnäbele, the future managing director of the Stuttgart-based Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH.

Data protection and data security given top priority
Bosch smart-home solutions meet the highest standards of data protection and data security. These standards are taken into account right from the start of the product development process. To this end, Bosch has also set up a center of competence for product security. Customers and users have full transparency and decide for themselves how their data are used.

New services and an app make life easier
Bosch smart-home system solutions mean that a single platform is sufficient to interconnect the heating, lighting, smoke alarms, and appliances in a home. All these can then be operated simply using a smartphone or tablet. The core of the system is the Bosch smart-home controller, a central control unit that connects the components with each other and to the internet. In the future, users will be able to use the Bosch smart-home app to combine the basic functions of unrelated devices. For example, the door and window contact solution reports whether a window is open. When this happens, the system can automatically turn down the heating in the relevant room, in line with the user’s preference settings. What is more, users can check their smartphone anytime, anywhere to see whether doors and windows are open or closed. In future versions of the door and window contact solution, the system will sound the alarm if a window or door is broken open when the occupant is absent – meaning there will no longer be any need for a separate alarm system.

Compatible with other manufacturers’ devices
When it comes to connectivity, Bosch believes open standards and open platforms will make the technology as user-friendly as possible. For this reason, the Bosch smart-home system is modular and expandable, and it is easy to connect compatible devices made by other manufacturers to it.

New webshop
The first Bosch smart-home products can be ordered from January 1, 2016 at

Visit Bosch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, USA:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 8 to 8:45 a.m. local time: press conference
with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of
Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center,
Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.

Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016: Bosch booths
showcasing solutions for smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0
at the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center, #71517, and showcasing
connected mobility
at North Hall, #2302.

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National IT Summit, November 18-19, Berlin Bosch board of management member Struth on the IT Summit: Industry 4.0 needs an education offensive 15 Bosch projects featured on new Industry 4.0 map

  • Schools should be supported with better technical equipment
  • Sensors enable valuable analysis of production data
  • Hundreds of millions of euros can be saved annually
Stuttgart/Berlin – Many German companies are not yet able to fully tap into the potential of Industry 4.0. The reason? There are thousands of jobs for experts in connected manufacturing, but not enough qualified people to do them. “We are in urgent need of specialists who are not only familiar with products and production lines but are also able to analyze huge quantities of data,” said Dr. Werner Struth, member of the Bosch board of management. Looking ahead to the upcoming National IT Summit in Berlin, he added that Industry 4.0 “requires experts who can look beyond the borders of their area of expertise.” Struth's responsibilities at Bosch include coordinating manufacturing at the company's more than 250 plants worldwide. One of the exhibits at the IT Summit will be an online map highlighting 100 examples of Industry 4.0 in Germany. Of these, 15 are Bosch projects. “They illustrate how Industry 4.0 improves efficiency and competitiveness,” said Struth. He also hailed the arrival of the current reference architecture model for Industry 4.0, as it provides a common footing for Germany to benefit from the potential of connected manufacturing. As he put it, “This is the basis upon which connected companies will become connected industry.”

Study: demand for experts still rising
However, some areas still lack skilled workers. A study conducted by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) suggests that this is a major hurdle to developing new information and automation technology. Viewing the sector as a whole, the study calculates that more than 4,000 jobs need to be filled. And demand is predicted to continue rising considerably through 2018.

Education offensive for the connected world
A broad-based education offensive aimed at children could help in overcoming this challenge, said Struth. “We have to lay the groundwork for confidently navigating the digital world at a young age. Young people have to be capable of doing more than just using the apps on their smartphones. They should also know a programming language, because that's the only tool that will allow them to make their ideas reality.”

“Connectivity is a universal trend”
To be able to teach these fundamental skills, schools and teachers need to be equipped with the necessary know-how and the right technical infrastructure. This would also help raise general awareness of the importance of data protection, added Struth. “Clear rules for data protection and for handling production information are essential if companies are to work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust.”

Changes to education are needed at the university level as well, Struth said. “Students should be in a position to network and share their knowledge with each other. There's no need for everyone to be an expert in a given subject. Most of the time, it's enough to be able to clearly formulate and communicate the requirements to an expert. This means engineers need to be increasingly IT savvy – so that they can, for example, get the most out of evaluating the data streams that sensors send from production lines,” he added.

15 Bosch projects on Germany's online Industry 4.0 map
When it comes to Industry 4.0, Bosch is both a leading provider and leading exponent. The company has already made connected manufacturing a reality in many different ways. Of the 100 applications of Industry 4.0 in Germany on the online map, which will be presented at the summit, 15 of them are at Bosch locations. One of these is the plant in Nuremberg, where automatic transport robots streamline the plant's material flow thanks to their collective, connected intelligence. Another is the Homburg plant: on the connected production line there, Bosch manufactures 200 different hydraulic valves out of some 2,000 components – an excellent example of efficient production for batch sizes of one.

Saving hundreds of millions of euros
Looking at Bosch's more than 250 plants worldwide, Struth expects Industry 4.0 to save the company hundreds of millions of euros annually in the years leading up to 2020. “Every bit of time and money we save strengthens the competitiveness, and thus the appeal, of the products we manufacture.”

Common understanding of standards
The summit in Berlin will be looking at several issues, including cross-sector solutions in the area of Industry 4.0. To make these solutions possible, the “Industrie 4.0” alliance has introduced a comprehensive concept, the reference architecture model for Industry 4.0 (RAMI 4.0). This model charts the gradual shift from today's manufacturing to Industry 4.0 and promotes a common understanding of standards. Bosch was heavily involved in drawing up the reference architecture. “RAMI 4.0 provides a good deal of guidance as we seek to precisely define what Industry 4.0 is and how to develop it further. It helps us identify overlaps and gaps in the standards we need for this effort so we can rectify those problems,” said Struth. He emphasized that Germany was well on its way to benefiting from the opportunities offered by connected industry.

Contact person for press inquiries: Thilo Resenhoeft, phone: +49 711 811-7088

Homepage of the National IT Summit (German):
Virtual Industry 4.0 map with Bosch projects: (link will go live on November 18)
Data mining at Bosch
Details about RAMI 4.0:

About the “Industrie 4.0” platform
According to its founders, the “Industrie 4.0” platform is the leading alliance for guiding the digital structural transformation of industry in Germany. It unites all entities that are shaping Industry 4.0 and pools the strengths and knowledge of a wide range of players – from companies, associations, unions and the worlds of industry and politics. The platform is managed and led by Sigmar Gabriel, the German federal minister for economic affairs and energy, and Dr. Johanna Wanka, German federal minister for education and research, and includes high-ranking representatives from business, academia, and trade unions.

About the National IT Summit
The National IT Summit brings together players from the areas of politics, business, academia, and society to help shape the digital transformation in Germany. Their efforts are based on the federal government's Digital Agenda. The idea is to make full use of the opportunities offered by digitalization in business and society.
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“Stop the Crash”: Bosch partners Global NCAP initiative Vehicle safety systems still underutilized UN target: 50 percent fewer traffic fatalities by 2020

  • Bosch safety systems prevent accidents and mitigate the effects
  • Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel: “Bosch technologies can protect human life around the world.”
  • WHO and Global NCAP call for wider adoption of legal regulations
Stuttgart, Germany and Brasilia, Brazil – Every day, more than 3,000 people worldwide lose their lives in traffic accidents, according to Global NCAP. These fatalities are often the result of vehicles that are inadequately equipped – especially in emerging markets – and which therefore provide poor protection for passengers and pedestrians. “For Bosch, every traffic fatality is one too many. With our technologies, we can protect human life around the world,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the Bosch board of management. Bosch therefore supports the “Stop the Crash” initiative of the consumer association Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP). The campaign’s objective is to boost awareness of safety systems such as ESP, emergency braking systems, and motorcycle ABS, particularly in growth markets. The effectiveness of the different technologies will be featured in driving demonstrations at the kick-off event of the initiative in Brasilia from November 17 to 19. “Stop the Crash” also supports the United Nations in its aim to halve the number of traffic fatalities worldwide – currently 1.25 million per year – by 2020.

ESP has prevented 260,000 traffic accidents in Europe since 1995
Bosch has been working for many years on the vision of accident- and injury-free driving. And the supplier of technology and services has already achieved considerable success in this regard: since Bosch launched the ESP electronic stability program in 1995, it has prevented nearly 260,000 traffic accidents and saved some 8,500 lives in Europe alone according to an accident research study by Bosch. “After the seat belt, ESP is the most important vehicle safety system – even more important than the airbag,” Hoheisel says. If all vehicles were equipped with the anti-skid system, up to 80 percent of all skidding accidents could be prevented. Bosch has manufactured more than 150 million ESP systems since 1995.

Nine out of ten new vehicles across Europe are already equipped with ESP
Since November 1, 2014, ESP has been mandatory within the European Union for all newly registered cars and light commercial vehicles weighing up to 3.5 metric tons. Across Europe, 90 percent of all new cars and light commercial vehicles are therefore already equipped with ESP. By way of comparison, the worldwide figure stands at only 64 percent. Global NCAP is therefore calling on UN member states, especially those with a significant automaking industry, to mandate ESP for all new vehicles by 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also calling for legal regulations to mandate ESP. A large number of human lives around the world could be saved as a result. Outside the EU, the anti-skid system is now also mandated in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the United States.

Bosch emergency braking systems protect vulnerable road users
ESP is also the basic technology for many driver assistance systems which intervene to support drivers in potentially dangerous situations – such as changing lanes or staying in their lane, or taking evasive action and braking when encountering an obstacle. Rear-end collisions are among the worst – especially if pedestrians or bicyclists are involved. Automatic emergency braking systems can prevent such collisions entirely – or, at the very least, considerably mitigate their impact. If a radar or video sensor detects a potential obstacle ahead of the car, the braking system is first prepared for a full emergency braking maneuver, and the driver is warned. If the driver fails to respond, the system performs a partial braking maneuver. As soon as the driver steps on the brakes, the system increases braking power to prevent the accident. If the driver also fails to respond to the partial braking maneuver and the system detects that a collision is unavoidable, it autonomously performs a full emergency braking maneuver. At speeds of up to 40 kilometers an hour in urban traffic, the Bosch emergency braking system can completely prevent collisions with stationary vehicles.

Potential for up to 72 percent fewer rear-end collisions in Germany alone
In Germany alone, according to Bosch accident research, up to 72 percent of all rear-end collisions resulting in injury could be prevented if all vehicles were equipped with an automatic emergency braking system. Bosch offers automatic emergency braking systems for all vehicle classes. Its MRR mid-range radar sensor in particular provides the basis for a cost-effective solution for compact and small cars. In 2014, just under one-quarter of all newly registered passenger cars in Germany were equipped with an emergency braking system. In the United States, leading automakers are currently committed to offering automatic emergency braking systems in vehicles as standard.

Motorcycle ABS: one-quarter fewer accidents involving casualties
As early as the mid-1990s, Bosch developed an antilock braking system for the safety of motorcyclists. “ABS can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents involving casualties,” Hoheisel says. Many countries now therefore have legislation mandating this safety system. Like in a car, ABS also prevents a motorcycle’s wheels from locking up during emergency braking. Motorcyclists can therefore brake without fear, and with greater force. The motorcycle remains stable and the rider is prevented from taking a spill. Bosch has suitable solutions for every type of motorized two-wheeler. In addition to the optimization of size and weight, the focus is on reducing costs, so as to make ABS technology available for all vehicle classes and markets. This also includes the price-sensitive two-wheelers with up to 250 cc displacement which are popular in emerging markets.

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CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas
Touchscreen display with buttons users can feel
Bosch recipient of the CES 2016 Innovation Award in the “In-Vehicle Audio/Video” category

  • Bosch presents new touch screen with haptic elements at the CES 2016
  • “Touch & Feel”: Keys on the touch screen can be identified by feel thanks to variances in surface structures
  • Differences in finger pressure call up different functions
  • CES 2016 Innovation Award winner
New York/Hildesheim – A touch screen with haptic feedback developed by Bosch was honored with the “CES 2016 Innovation Award” in the “In-Vehicle Audio/ Video” category on November 10, 2015. The special feature of the touch screen: thanks to haptic feedback, users can operate infotainment applications such as navigation, radio, or smartphone functions interactively. The keys displayed on the touch screen have the feel of realistic buttons so that it is often possible for users to find their way around the keyboard without looking while operating the applications. They can keep their eyes on the road for much longer periods, substantially enhancing safety while driving. “The new touch screen combines the simple operation of mechanical buttons with the advantages of a touch screen, significantly enhancing ease of operation” says Manfred Baden, President of the Bosch Car Multimedia division. “The innovative technology offers everything that is required to ensure its fast success on the market.” The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM and recognize the best products at the CES in advance of the show every year. Bosch was previously the recipient of the Best-of-CES Award for the Chevrolet MyLink system in the category “Car Tech” in 2013.

Sensitivity right to the fingertips for enhanced safety while driving
The new touch screen offers a unique form of interaction. When touched, the display responds with haptic elements as well as visual and acoustic signals. Drivers can feel the keys on the touch screen without looking thanks to variances in the surface structures – and without immediately triggering an action. Rough, smooth, or even patterned surfaces stand for different buttons and functions. The virtual button is not activated until the operator presses it more firmly. Users have the feeling that they are pressing a normal, mechanical button. In appearance, however, the touch screen with haptic elements does not differ from a conventional display.

The touch screen also recognizes the amount of pressure applied by the fingers and activates different functions accordingly. Light pressure, for example, initiates the Help function; by applying varying pressure, users can control how fast or slowly they scroll through a list. Since drivers can feel the keys, looking at the keyboard while pressing a button to change a radio station (for example) is often unnecessary – eyes stay on the road more frequently. The touch screen is equipped with two sensors: a conventional touch sensor and a second sensor that measures the amount of pressure from the fingers. Special software and suspension mechanics are employed to create the various surface structures.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 8 to 8:45 a.m. local time: press conference
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Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center,
Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.

Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016: Bosch booths
showcasing solutions for smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0
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Agritechnica trade fair, November 10-14 Sensors, apps, and robots: Bosch startup uses smart technology to support farmers Automatic image recognition for improved yields

  • Agricultural robot gets rid of weeds automatically and without herbicides
  • Sensors and an app improve asparagus yield
  • Market launch of the Bosch startup Deepfield Robotics
Stuttgart, Germany – Dual premiere at Agritechnica, the world's largest agricultural technology trade fair in Hannover: the Bosch startup Deepfield Robotics is presenting connected sensors for improved asparagus yields, as well as its Bonirob agricultural robot (hall 9, booth F02). Both innovations are designed to improve agricultural quality and yield. To achieve this, Bosch has combined its expertise in sensor technology, automated navigation, algorithms, and image-recognition software. The advances in plant breeding made possible by these Bosch solutions will play an important part in helping to feed the constantly growing global population. Agricultural yields need to increase by roughly 3 percent a year to keep up with population growth.

The Bonirob agricultural robot
By automatically analyzing plants, the flexible Bonirob agricultural robot can also contribute to this progress. The robot is the same size as a compact car. It uses video- and laser-based positioning as well as satellite navigation to find its way around the fields. It knows its position to the nearest centimeter. With the help of cameras and computer-based image analysis, it recognizes and classifies plants. The is especially useful for plant breeders, who have to painstakingly analyze thousands of plants for plant size and color, fruit size and form, and insect damage. Based on these findings, they then decide which plant strains are worth pursuing further. The Bonirob is named after this plant appraisal process, which is known in German as Bonitur. “This automatic screening saves a lot of time and effort,” says Professor Amos Albert, the director of Deepfield Robotics.

Weed control with minimum environmental impact
However, Bonirob does not only speed up the plant-breeding process. On the basis of leaf shape, it can distinguish between crops and weeds. With the help of a precisely controlled rod, it gets rid of weeds mechanically, rather than with weed killer. Undesired plants are swiftly rammed into the ground. At the 2015 European Robotics Forum in Vienna this spring, Bonirob was singled out for a 2015 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award. The judges praised the idea of equipping the robot with modules for different tasks. Such modules, or “apps,” are available for tasks such as measuring soil density, mechanical weed removal, and plant breeding. In September, the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt presented the agricultural robot with the Deutscher Innovationspreis Gartenbau, a national award for innovation in horticulture.

Connected asparagus sensor
In Hannover, the Bosch startup is also presenting a radio sensor for better asparagus yields. Under the name “Deepfield Connect – Asparagus Monitoring,” the sensor measures the temperature in the beds where the vegetable is grown and transmits it to farmers' smartphones. Farmers can use this data to track the temperature changes of their crops in detail and optimize the growing conditions. In September, the Agritechnica innovation committee awarded this solution its silver medal. In explaining its decision, it stated that the wireless sensor increases the share of marketable produce and therefore boosts farmers' incomes. The system also saves time and money, as farmers need to visit their fields less frequently.

Sensors help set the optimum temperature
Asparagus grows especially well between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. One way farmers maintain this temperature is by covering the mounds with strips of two-sided foil: one side is black, the other white. To heat the mounds using sunlight, the foil is laid with the black side facing up. To cool them when it gets too warm, the foil is laid with the white side facing up. The Bosch solution consists of several sensors embedded at various depths in the ground to measure the temperature. Cables send the temperature readings to a small box, which transmits the data via radio to a cloud that is based on the Bosch IoT Suite. From there the data is routed to an app on the farmer's smartphone. The Bosch IoT Suite is a comprehensive software solution that can be used to develop, provide, and operate applications in the internet of things.

Other Bosch innovations
At Agritechnica, Bosch Rexroth is presenting many innovations related to hydraulics, electronics, electrics, and software. They include a flexible mobile hydraulics valve platform for tractors. One of the highlights of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket division's exhibition is the Bosch Surround View System, which gives the tractor driver a bird's eye view of the vehicle's surroundings and serves as an aid when maneuvering. A hybrid system for the off-highway segment is also on display (hall 17, booth G08).

Agritechnica trade fair
In Hannover from November 10 to 14, the Agritechnica trade fair is presenting the future of agricultural technology. At the world's largest trade fair of its kind, exhibitors from some 50 countries are presenting innovations for professional crop production.

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Infotainment from Bosch: Connectivity at its best in Suzuki vehicles Safe and easy touch-screen operation

  • Radio, navigation, telephone and smartphone integration
  • User-friendly route guidance based on SD map navigation
  • Smartphone integration via Mirror LinkTM and Apple CarPlay®
Comprehensive integration, user-friendly operation, multimedia functions – the Bosch unit now being introduced by Suzuki in several models worldwide creates a connected information system offering a broad range of various infotainment and assistance functions aimed at meeting today's demands for added value.

The new system ensures that passengers in Suzuki vehicles stay in constant contact with the outside world. The 7-inch color touch-screen displays a host of practical and convenient connectivity options in a single device, including smartphone integration via Mirror LinkTM and Apple CarPlay®, advanced map navigation and voice control, a hands-free Bluetooth® system, and exceptional music enjoyment via audio-streaming or crystal-clear radio reception (with digital radio in Europe). “Using the smartphone connection and the easy-to-understand menus and symbols on the display, users of the new Suzuki system can stay connected with the outside world anytime and from anywhere,” commented Manfred Baden, President of the Car Multimedia division at Bosch.

Easy plug and play: pinch, swipe, or use voice commands
Thanks to the low-glare 7-inch display, voice commands, and steering wheel remote control buttons for volume, telephone, or available sound and storage media, system operation is truly easy and intuitive. Function keys and knobs have been completely eliminated. The many options available in the menus – whether choosing radio stations, selecting music titles, pulling up navigation maps, or addressing telephone lists – can be easily and safely operated on the touch screen by pinching, swiping, or sliding your fingers on the screen.

Perfect integration with the vehicle
The Car Multimedia experts from Bosch have developed a smartphone integration solution for the Suzuki vehicles that guarantees the perfect connection of smartphones via Mirror LinkTM and via Apple CarPlay®, assuring simple operation and fast personalization of the app experience. By plugging into the USB slot, the smartphone can be recharged at the same time during the trip. The system also offers Bluetooth® connection capacity for cell phones. It can be easily controlled via menus which provide direct access to the phone book or call lists and text messages. In addition, the Suzuki system is able to read, analyze, and play back virtually any popular digital audio and video format. Thanks to Bluetooth® audio streaming, audio data can be transmitted wirelessly and played for a rich in-car music experience. Besides playing audio files stored on an iPod, USB flash, drive or SD card, the device can play back videos via USB or from an external DVD player.

Optimized route takes you to your destination while lowering fuel consumption
The SD map navigation in the new Suzuki system uses precise, acoustic driving recommendations to guide drivers to their selected destination. Once the destination has been entered, the route is calculated instantly, and the maps and driving recommendations appear in easy-to-read 2-D or 3-D map views. Drivers can also select an “Optimized Route”, which is calculated to consume a minimum of fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. Moreover, it is possible to make side trips at any time to many different points of interest, including personal favorites (myPOIs), or to find a Suzuki partner anywhere in the dealer network.

By providing this compact multimedia unit featuring innovative smartphone
integration and a broad range of functions to the Japanese manufacturer, Bosch is continuing its successful partnership with Suzuki. “Suzuki can now make a powerful infotainment solution for connected contents and services available to its customers worldwide,” said Manfred Baden.

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44th Tokyo Motor Show Bosch sees potential for 48-volt systems and brings automated driving to Japan Solutions for electrified, automated, and connected mobility

  • Automated driving tests to begin in Japan this year
  • 48-volt boost recuperation system suitable for compact car segment
  • Groundbreaking development in battery technology
  • Connected vehicles are safer, more efficient, and make driving more relaxed
  • Bosch offers two-wheeler-specific solutions in all product areas
Tokyo – Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, is presenting its latest innovations for safer, more efficient, and more relaxed mobility at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show. Speaking at the company’s press conference at the event, Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management, said: “At Bosch, we are making good progress in all three domains of future mobility: electrification, automation, and connectivity. We see special potential for fuel-cell technology and our 48-volt boost recuperation system for Japanese car manufactures”. Heyn emphasized the increasingly important role that Japanese car manufacturers have been playing in Bosch’s mobility solutions business. “When it comes to our efforts to further develop automated driving, we will make Japan a key location for Bosch,” Heyn added.

Mobility Solutions stays on growth path
Globally, the Bosch Group’s mobility solutions’ business is growing considerably faster than the automotive market. The company expects to see sales growth of around ten percent in 2015, or five percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects. Regionally, Asia Pacific continues to be a key driver of Bosch’s business. The company’s strong relationship with Japanese automakers contributes strongly to this. “Thanks to our strong global presence, our sales to Japanese automakers grew by roughly 13 percent in 2014,” Heyn said. “Japanese automakers are increasingly focusing on small and efficient vehicles, and Bosch has the technologies they need.”

Electrification for increased efficiency: for cars, scooters and bikes
Where electromobility is concerned, Bosch offers a wide range of components and systems – from mild and plug-in hybrids, to fully-electric powertrains, to e-bikes and e-scooters. In Japan, the compact car segment is very popular, and with cost-effective solutions such as the 48-volt boost recuperation system, these smaller vehicles could be more fuel efficient and attractive. Compared to conventional 400 and above volt hybrids, the 48-volt system uses less expensive yet fuel efficient components, and enables additional comfort features as well as dynamic acceleration thanks to a boost function. The entry-level 48-volt hybrid is expected to be a new attractive option for drivers in Europe, North America, and Asia and Bosch expects some 4 million new vehicles worldwide to be equipped with this system in 2020.

More and more fuel-cell vehicles are being developed and manufactured for the Japanese market. As part of its electrification strategy, Bosch sees potential for this innovative technology and already offers first solutions.

Breakthrough in battery technology: solid-state cells for electric cars
With regards to battery technology, Bosch sees the potential for a great leap forward. It has acquired the U.S. technology company Seeo Inc., whose engineers have come up with a solid-state battery cell with a lithium anode. Up to now, the industry target has been to double batteries’ energy density and cut its cost in half by the end of this decade. Thanks to this solid-state technology, which complements the work of Bosch’s Lithium Energy and Power GmbH & Co. KG joint venture with its Japanese partners GS Yuasa International Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corporation, the company believes even greater gains in energy density can be achieved. Bosch is using its knowledge and considerable financial resources to achieve a breakthrough for electromobility.

Automated driving: Bosch to start test drives in Japan
The increasing demand for road safety and mobility for an aging society is making Japan an important market for automated driving. The Japanese government has announced plans for self-driving cars to be running on Tokyo’s roads during the 2020 Olympic Games. Bosch is developing the technologies to realize automated driving towards 2020. The company has now started testing on Japanese public roads, making Japan the third key Bosch location for developing automated driving. Since the beginning of 2013, Bosch has been testing vehicles fitted with automated driving technologies on public roads in Germany and the United States. “Due to different road and traffic conditions in Japan, we need to adjust and customize our system appropriately,” Heyn said. Bosch’s accident research predicts that increasing automation can lower accident rates significantly – by up to one-third in Germany alone.

Connectivity is the key to an automated and electrified mobility
The key to both automated and electrified driving is connectivity. Connected vehicles are safer, more efficient, and make driving more relaxed. Connectivity means, for instance, that drivers are warned about congestion and adverse weather conditions. Additionally, they are informed where to find available parking spaces and charging spots. Cars are also turning into digital media hubs as Bosch facilitates continuous access to online music services, social networks, and a wide range of smartphone apps. Connectivity technology also has applications in the aftermarket sector. For example, in the workshop of the future, augmented reality applications will streamline troubleshooting and repair, and thus contribute to reducing costs. Bosch is already in discussion with several customers in Japan about developing solutions based on this augmented reality technology.

Two-Wheelers: strong competence of local engineers
Bosch also intends to reposition itself in the rapidly expanding global motorcycle market. In 2015, the company pooled its motorcycle activities from the areas of riding safety systems, powertrain technology, and display instruments into one business unit, called “Two-Wheelers and Powersports.” Headquartered in Yokohama – the very heart of the international motorcycle industry – and with branch operations in the United States, Europe, India, and China, Bosch has a global reach in this area. This unit’s objective is to address the individual requirements of motorcycle OEMs more efficiently, and to focus exclusively on innovative two-wheeler solutions. With a portfolio spanning all product areas, the unit’s goal is to make two-wheelers safer and more efficient, while also making the ride more relaxed and enjoyable.

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About Bosch in Japan
Bosch in Japan is currently represented in the country by Bosch Corporation, Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. and other affiliates. Bosch Corporation is responsible for the development, manufacturing, sales and services of automotive original equipment, automotive aftermarket products and power tools. Bosch Engineering K.K provides engineering services, such as development and application for automotive systems. ETAS.K.K. develops and provides engineering of development support tools of electrical control units. Bosch Rexroth Corporation develops and manufactures hydraulics, FA module components and other systems which contribute to industrial technologies. Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. provides processing, packaging and inspection technology. Bosch Security Systems Ltd. provides security and communication products and solutions to help secure the safety of lives, buildings and properties, and is also a supplier of professional sound systems. In 2014, Bosch Japan achieved net sales of some 340 billion yen and employed approximately 7,200 associates.

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About Bosch worldwide
Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2014, its sales came to 33.3 billion euros, or 68 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group's expertise in three mobility domains - automation, electrification, and connectivity - and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.

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32nd German Logistics Congress in Berlin Asenkerschbaumer: connectivity offers great opportunities for logistics Bosch is driving the development of Industry 4.0 forward

  • Bosch already connects vehicles, freight trains, and machinery
  • Asenkerschbaumer: “We are deriving new service-oriented business models from connectivity.”
  • Success factors: key competencies, uniform standards, open platforms, collaboration, fast internet, data protection
Berlin – Bosch believes connectivity offers great potential. Speaking at the 32nd German Logistics Congress in Berlin, Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, deputy chairman of the Bosch board of management, said: “Within logistics and also companies, there is still a lot of inefficiency. The internet of things offers tremendous opportunities where this is concerned. Manufacturing and logistics, as well as the movement of goods and freight transport, are becoming more effective, safer, and more flexible through connectivity.” In the future, the flows of goods at companies, as well as between customers and suppliers, will manage themselves. The necessary foundation for this is provided by real-time information recorded by sensors and intelligent software. This will create additional business potential for Bosch.

Connectivity is the key driver in the value-added chain
“Connectivity offers the opportunity to transform largely rigid value-added chains into dynamic value-added networks,” Asenkerschbaumer says. New technological solutions make it possible to correct deficits in transport logistics, for example, such as delayed information and a lack of transparency. In addition to common GPS technology, it is now possible to use web-enabled sensors to precisely localize logistics items in real time, in transit between the supply-chain partners. As a result, quality issues can be identified early on during the transport. Incoming goods inspections can be performed more effectively, and reorders can be placed while the goods are in transit. And road transport logistics is not the only area to which connectivity can be applied. Together with the Swiss rail freight company SBB Cargo, Bosch aims to develop rail logistics into a connected transport system.

Manufacturing inventories reduced by nearly one-third
Efficient, connected production is a part of every dynamic value-added network. At Bosch, there are already around 100 such projects. On a multi-product line at its Homburg location, for example, Bosch uses more than 2,000 different components to manufacture some 200 variants of mobile hydraulic control modules. The result is economical production of batch sizes all the way down to one, nearly 30 percent less inventory, and as much as ten percent more productivity. In this regard, Asenkerschbaumer emphasizes: “Connected logistics and manufacturing systems can respond with considerably more flexibility to sudden shifts in demand and breakdowns within the value-added chain.” In the future, Bosch wants to integrate all manufacturing sites into a global production network.

New business models for the connected world
“Connectivity amounts to more than the interplay of different objects and systems. We are also deriving new service-oriented business models from it,” Asenkerschbaumer says. For example, Bosch offers a system that enables freight forwarding companies to use data from the vehicles’ control units to monitor the wear and tear of their fleets online. As a result, maintenance and repairs can be planned at an early stage. Moreover, thanks to “Eco.Logic Motion,” the company is helping to improve driving strategy. At the heart of it is an electronic horizon, which uses existing navigation data in the vehicle to adjust driving strategy to the topology of the terrain. This function makes it possible to reduce fuel consumption by up to five percent. Bosch is currently developing “Eco.Logic Motion” into a dynamic connected horizon. Danger spots behind the summit of a hill or after a bend can then be detected by the vehicle in good time, and it can ease off the accelerator in preparation. “That is another step towards ensuring the economic efficiency and safety of connected transport solutions,” Asenkerschbaumer says.

Growing importance of cross-company collaboration
“An essential factor for achieving future success in the connected world is the development of key competencies,” Asenkerschbaumer says. It is also increasingly essential to be able to develop and implement new business ideas and models quickly, which is why greater overall collaboration is important, he adds. Broad clusters have to be formed in order to pool knowledge and resources. “A cross-company, logistical value-added network will only be efficient if all partners create the necessary conditions for this purpose,” Asenkerschbaumer says. Joint projects and so-called ecosystems must therefore be based on uniform standards and open platforms.

Quick implementation of a common digital market in Europe
Asenkerschbaumer believes there is considerable ground to make up when it comes to the extensive expansion of fast broadband networks. Yet in his view, this is the only way that continuous transport monitoring of cargo will work. Asenkerschbaumer also identifies data protection and the creation of a common digital market as a further key requirement for the acceptance and success of connected solutions. “Connectivity can only succeed if our customers can be sure that their data is being properly handled.” Bosch explicitly asks its customers for their consent to use their data.

Information about the event and BVL
Bosch on Industry 4.0
Interactive Industry 4.0 infographic
Press release: Bosch brings freight trains to the internet

Industry 4.0 – an overview

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Technology and innovation location Bosch officially opens new research campus in Renningen Chancellor Merkel: “Research and innovation are the sources of our prosperity”

  • Governor Winfried Kretschmann: “Impressive demonstration of faith in Baden-Württemberg as a location for innovation.”
  • Bosch CEO Denner: “Renningen is Bosch’s own Stanford.”
  • Applied industrial research for better quality of life
  • Expansion of key competencies in microelectronics and software
  • New work and office environment for innovators
Renningen, Germany – A completely new work environment for creative minds: with its Renningen research campus, Bosch wants to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and in this way further enhance its innovative strength. At the new center for research and advance engineering on the outskirts of Stuttgart, some 1,700 creative minds are doing applied industrial research. At a ceremony attended by Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, Baden-Württemberg Governor Winfried Kretschmann, and many other guests from politics, business, and academia, the research campus has now been officially opened.

“With this research campus, Bosch is setting new standards,” said the Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. She underscored the significance of applied industrial research: “Research and innovation are the sources of our prosperity.” She noted that Bosch has set itself the task of realizing ideas that nobody else has even had. “Bosch wants to stay one step ahead of developments,” the Chancellor said.

Governor Winfried Kretschmann said that the new research campus is “an impressive demonstration of faith in Baden-Württemberg as a location for innovation.”

“Like a university, our campus brings together many faculties. Here, we want our researchers to do more than just think about what the future could bring. We want them to be successful entrepreneurs as well. Renningen is Bosch’s own Stanford. And at the same time, the center is an expression of our faith in Germany as a technology location,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management. The company has invested some 310 million euros in the new location. The research campus, whose motto is “Connected for millions of ideas,” is the hub of Bosch’s global research and development network. The supplier of technology and services also intends to strengthen the spirit of entrepreneurship there. It is precisely here that Denner sees Germany at a competitive disadvantage. “In Germany, there are neither the opportunities nor the willingness to establish companies. Especially among its young university graduates, we need more start-up spirit. In this respect, universities have to do more than prepare their students for exams in highly specialized fields.”

Innovations for better quality of life
The hope for the future is that even more innovations will be created in Renningen that improve quality of life. The campus brings together many disciplines from science and technology. Whether electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, analytics, chemistry, physics, biology, or microsystems technology – in Renningen, a total of 1,200 associates in corporate research and advance engineering, plus 500 PhD students and interns, are now working on the technical challenges of the future. Up to now, these researchers were spread over three locations in the greater Stuttgart area. Chancellor Merkel was clearly impressed by the innovative research institute: “What you have managed to achieve here is the networking not only of research locations, but also of scientific disciplines.” On a campus such as this, she said, it will be much easier to keep an eye on the big picture.

Governor Winfried Kretschmann wished the research campus a successful future: “Our hope for this campus is that it will create decisive stimuli for the development of automated driving, succeed in facilitating a breakthrough for electromobility, and drive forward ideas for connected industry. The research center wants to create the right conditions for such work – an environment in which creativity and productivity can thrive. Our wish is that this research campus will be the seedbed for many future innovations – innovations that are not just technically outstanding and economically successful, but also continue to live up to the company’s sense of social and ecological responsibility.”

Technological breadth in research and advance engineering
In the special campus atmosphere, Bosch’s pioneering minds will work on both new products and innovative manufacturing methods. Their work will focus on areas such as software engineering, sensor technology, automation, driver assistance systems, and battery technology, as well as on improved automotive powertrain systems. One area that is becoming increasingly significant is software expertise – particularly for IoT connectivity. “For Germany to stay technologically on top of its game in connectivity, it has to preserve and extend the key competencies of microelectronics and software. If it fails to do this, German industry will be left behind. We have no reason to fear competition with IT companies. But for our industrial enterprises, this competition will not be a walk in the park,” Denner said.

As for Bosch itself, Denner believes it is well prepared for the connectivity trend. For example, the company is not only the global market leader for micromechanical sensors, but has also been extending its software competence for some years now. The Bosch Group now employs more than 15,000 software engineers. Three thousand experts are working on the internet of things alone. Bosch especially sees huge business potential in the services that will arise as a result of connectivity. “If we do not want to let others seize these opportunities, then we have to be even faster and less risk-averse than before,” Denner said. “At an earlier stage than ever before, our engineers have to think like businesspeople. The things that are technically feasible should not only excite our researchers, but our future customers as well.”

Germany has to learn to be daring
Denner added that large enterprises such as Bosch have to create the space in which enterprise and entrepreneurship can flourish. Bosch is leading by example. The company has set up its own start-up platform for new business fields. Denner stressed that if the “Silicon Valley model” really is to be the way forward for Europe, “we have to learn to take risks.” Bosch Start-up GmbH helps Bosch researchers become successful businesspeople. For example, it takes care of things such as premises, financing, and other administrative tasks. In this way, new businesses can focus right from the start on their product and bringing it to market. The Bonirob agricultural robot is one of the first products to emerge in this way. The Bosch start-up Deepfield Robotics developed this robot, which is the size of a compact car, as an aid for plant breeding and crop farming.

The best working conditions for creative ideas
On the expansive research campus, there is plenty of space to test the agricultural robot. Apart from the main building, eleven laboratory and workshop buildings, and two buildings for site maintenance, there is also a modern proving ground for testing driver assistance systems. A networking matrix was used to determine who should occupy the individual buildings. It was based on analyses of how intensively individual disciplines exchange information with each other: The closer units work together, the shorter the physical distance between them on the new campus.

Quiet corners, collaboration zones
Bosch paid particular attention to working conditions in Renningen. Whether inside or out, the researchers will encounter a modern work environment. Essentially, the entire campus is a workplace. “Brainwaves in the fresh air, technology at the water’s edge – all this is possible here in Renningen,” Denner said. Wifi connections are available in every building and everywhere on the grounds. Laptops, tablet computers, and voice over internet mean that work can be done in every corner of the campus. Explaining the idea behind this, Denner said: “In Renningen, we offer our innovation team both quiet corners and zones for collaboration.” Office layouts have been designed on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of the innovation process. When they are exploring ideas, researchers need to have peace and quiet. Later on, exchange and collaboration with others take on more importance. These phases, as well as associates’ wishes, were considered when planning the complex. “Associates want more freedom to use their creativity in research and development – and fewer administrative duties. This is something the employee representatives actively supported,” says Alfred Löckle, chairman of the central and combined works councils. “The days when the design of workplaces was decided from above are over. Our associates spend a lot of time at their workplaces. It’s only right that they should also have a say in their design.”

The result of the joint consultation with everyone involved was a completely new office concept. Apart from individual workplaces, 270 meeting rooms of various sizes are the salient characteristic – meaning that there is sufficient room for both focused activity and teamwork. On average, each associate is just ten meters away from the nearest meeting room, and thus possibly also from the next innovative breakthrough.

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Industry 4.0, data mining, metal 3D printing Working on tomorrow’s world: researchers at Bosch Innovative products and new manufacturing processes

Stuttgart and Renningen, Germany – Bosch has invested more than 300 million euros in its new research campus in Renningen, near Stuttgart, and created workplaces in a modern and inspiring environment for 1,700 people. Bosch is not only working on innovative products, however, but also on continuously refining manufacturing processes. These are just some of the scientists working there:

Dr. Lothar Baum: Data mining
The computer scientist Dr. Lothar Baum is an expert in data evaluation. Baum, who joined Bosch in 2006, works in corporate research and advance engineering. Together with colleagues in Renningen, Palo Alto, and Bangalore, he writes software that detects patterns in billions of data points. This includes data generated on production lines at more than 250 Bosch plants worldwide. Super-fast computers are used to analyze this data. If this analysis is done properly, quality can be assured and the process of monitoring workpieces speeded up – saving time and money. “The ability to generate new knowledge from big data is a key competence of the future,” Baum says. In connected industry – also referred to as Industry 4.0 – this data also helps predict when machinery will need maintenance, which avoids downtimes.

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Torsten Reinhardt: Physical analytics, analysis of functional materials
Torsten Reinhardt has been with Bosch since 2000. One of his tasks in corporate research and advance engineering is to study the inner structure of materials. This means Reinhardt plays a part in ensuring the high quality of new Bosch developments right from the start. In the analytics department, one of his tasks is to make extremely thin cut marks in materials in order to study them under the electron microscope for possible weaknesses. He does this by directing a focused ion beam at the sample in order to ablate certain parts of it. In this way, structures in the sample can be exposed and analyzed at very high resolution. This kind of analysis is accurate to within nanometers (millionths of a millimeter).

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Dr. Witold Pieper: Metallic functional and composite materials
Dr. Witold Pieper’s work involves exploring new materials for use throughout the Bosch Group. This means that he collaborates closely with many scientists and suppliers. As a physicist who specializes in materials science, his work also includes the analysis of various magnetic materials. “These include metals and ceramics, such as magnets that are based on rare earths,” Pieper says. His team also tests whether it is possible to use new methods such as 3D printing to turn such materials into products with completely new characteristics. In addition, the department provides advice to Bosch colleagues around the world. The data gathered in Pieper’s labs serve as the foundation for computer simulations of materials. Pieper has been with Bosch since 2011.

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Joachim Frangen: Manufacturing automation, Industry 4.0
In Renningen, Joachim Frangen heads up work on the connected and flexible factories of the future. Collectively, these factories are also referred to as “Industry 4.0.” By connecting people, machines, and materials, a virtual image of the manufacturing process can be generated on the computer – in real time. This combines several advantages. For instance, sensors are constantly gathering and transmitting data on the status of machinery. This data is analyzed by software to detect wear and tear, which means maintenance can be planned in good time. As a result, Bosch can prevent unexpected machine downtimes. Connectivity also facilitates the optimum use of resources such as energy and raw materials. One further advantage is that lines can be adjusted more quickly to new products. For Bosch, this means both improved customer focus and greater competitiveness. Frangen has been with Bosch since 1990.

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Dr. Martin Schöpf: Manufacturing technology for metals, metal 3D printing
One of the promising areas of Bosch research is metal 3D printing. This area is the responsibility of Dr. Martin Schöpf. Methods such as this open up many new possibilities: instead of keeping large, costly inventories of spare parts, metal parts can be printed as and where needed. In the future, 3D printing is also set to play a role in production processes. This will enable Bosch to bring new products to market more quickly – a major advantage. “What is more, it means we can produce new shapes in metal that are simply not possible with existing processes,” says Schöpf, who has been with Bosch since 2003. Moreover, 3D printing can result in a single piece where once separate components were necessary – saving on joining times and sidestepping the need for seals.

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Dr. Andreas Michalowski: Laser materials processing
The focused energy of laser beams can work even the hardest materials – precisely and fast. This is Dr. Andreas Michalowski’s area of expertise. It includes controlling physical effects well enough to make the laser suitable for use in industry. Only then will it be possible to process any material precisely on a mass scale, and this in an economical way. One application for this at Bosch is in gasoline direct injection: using lasers, tiny holes can be drilled precisely into the metal of the nozzle. The result is ideal distribution of the injected fuel within the cylinder. Michalowski joined Bosch in 2011 and collaborates with an international network of experts from science and industry. With the number of possible applications for laser technology growing fast, there will be plenty for this passionate researcher to do for a long time to come. In 2013, Bosch, Trumpf, and the University of Jena won the German Federal President’s Future Prize for technology and innovation for this technology.

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Dr. Thorsten Ochs: Battery technology
Bosch is researching batteries that will increase electric cars’ range while at the same time weighing a lot less and costing less than current batteries. In this way, Dr. Thorsten Ochs in Renningen is playing a crucial role in the breakthrough of electromobility. “To achieve widespread acceptance of electromobility, mid-sized vehicles need to have 50 kilowatt hours of usable energy,” says Ochs, who joined Bosch in 2000. With conventional lead batteries, this would mean increasing the weight of the battery to 1.9 metric tons, even without wiring and the holder. That is the same weight as a modern-day mid-sized sedan, including occupants and luggage. Weighing 19 kilograms, a conventional lead battery – as found today in nearly every car – stores a comparatively low 0.5 kilowatt hours. In contrast, Ochs is looking to store the necessary 50 kilowatt hours in a battery weighing just 190 kilograms.

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Dr. Franz Lärmer: Microsystems (MEMS) technology
Tiny Bosch sensors are changing the way people interact with technology. In fitness wristbands, they measure physical activity and help people achieve better health and well-being. In cars, these microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors identify dangerous situations and instantly alert the control electronic to keep the vehicle on the road. And because sensors measure the earth’s gravity, smartphones can change their screen orientation to suit the user. Dr. Franz Lärmer has been with Bosch since 1990. He is one of the inventors of the method that makes it possible to create the microscopically fine structures found in MEMS sensors. Speaking about his objectives, Lärmer says: “One of the challenges in the ongoing development of our MEMS sensors is their energy consumption. For example, more intelligence in sensors makes it possible for us to reduce energy consumption.” In 2008, Bosch won the German Federal President’s Future Prize for technology and innovation for these smart sensors.

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Jayalakshmi Kedarisetti: Power electronics
Electromobility is a major topic for Bosch, and thus occupies a prominent place on the new research campus in Renningen. Jayalakshmi Kedarisetti has been working in this field since 2012, developing the necessary new power electronics. These are a central element of electric cars. Power electronics convert the direct current provided by the battery into alternating current to drive the electric car’s motor. They must also convert the alternating current that comes from a power socket into direct current to charge the battery. And all this needs to be done keeping power loss as low as possible. At the same time, these components have to cope with high operating voltages and strong currents while always satisfying high safety standards. Kedarisetti and his team are coming up with lots of new ideas for how to meet these requirements.

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Dr. Lutz Bürkle: Driver assistance systems
With their research in Renningen, Dr. Lutz Bürkle and his team help improve pedestrian safety. If braking alone is no longer enough to prevent a collision with a pedestrian who suddenly walks out in front of the car, the assistant developed by Bürkle’s team instantaneously computes an evasive maneuver. As soon as the driver starts to steer, the system kicks in to support the lifesaving action. The team’s work focuses on developing the algorithms this requires. “According to our studies, the assistance system can help avoid a collision in 60 percent of cases, provided the driver reacts at least half a second beforehand,” says Bürkle, who joined Bosch in 2002. Bosch plans to start production of the system in 2018.

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Professor Dr. Amos Albert: Agricultural robotics
Professor Amos Albert teaches robots eco-friendly farming. “We use Bosch expertise in the fields of mechatronics and algorithms to help make sustainable use of natural resources,” says Albert, who is CEO of Deepfield Robotics, a Bosch start-up that emerged from the company’s research activities. “One thing our technologies do is enable the Bonirob agricultural robot to distinguish between crops and weeds,” Albert says. On the basis of this knowledge, the robot uses a rod to ram unwanted weeds several centimeters into the ground. This obviates the need for herbicides. Thanks to GPS positioning, Bonirob can find its way around to the nearest centimeter. Albert has been with Bosch since 2002. His team is also working on solutions that will allow farmers to use connected sensor systems to gather information on plant growth in order to improve yield and quality.

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Dr. Jürgen Kirschner: Executive vice president, applied research and production technology
Dr. Jürgen Kirschner is an executive vice president in corporate research and advance engineering at Bosch. His responsibilities range from battery technology and sensors to production engineering. In its more than 250 plants worldwide, Bosch often needs to use tools and methods that are not yet commercially available. “In those cases we develop them ourselves, which gives us a competitive edge,” says Kirschner, who has held a number of positions at Bosch since 1989. One such novel tool is ultrashort pulse lasers, which can process even extremely hard metal with the greatest precision and at high speed. One of Kirschner’s responsibilities, therefore, is to ensure that research provides Bosch with the processes and methods it will need for the reliable, high-quality mass production of its future innovative products.

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Dr. Michael Bolle: President, research and advance engineering, technology coordination
Dr. Michael Bolle is the president of corporate research and advance engineering at Bosch. His responsibilities include developing new ideas for future Bosch products. He also focuses on areas in which the company is as yet barely active, if at all; for example, using robots and sensor systems in agriculture. “For this purpose, we also want our researchers to develop a more entrepreneurial mindset,” Bolle says. He joined Bosch in 1992 and has worked for the company ever since, apart from a four-year period spent getting a startup off the ground. “That experience is a really great advantage here in Renningen,” Bolle says. On the topic of the new research campus, he says: “We want to give our colleagues here the ideal working conditions they need to shape the future of Bosch and secure our innovation leadership.”

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Inauguration of the Renningen research campus New Bosch pedestrian protection system helps drivers brake and take evasive action Technology computes imminent actions

  • The challenge: more safety for pedestrians in road traffic
  • Aim of Bosch research: injury- and accident-free driving
  • Bosch approach: development of new assistance systems to avoid collisions with pedestrians
Stuttgart and Renningen, Germany – Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. In 2014, 523 pedestrians died on German roads alone, accounting for 15.5 percent of all road deaths in Germany. Bosch is developing increasingly comprehensive driver assistance systems that protect pedestrians more effectively and help make the goal of injury- and accident-free driving a reality. At the company’s new research campus in Renningen near Stuttgart, researchers are close to perfecting a system that helps drivers brake and take evasive action if there is the threat of a car-pedestrian collision. If braking alone is no longer enough to prevent a collision with a pedestrian who suddenly walks out in front of the car, the assistant instantaneously computes an evasive maneuver. As soon as drivers start taking evasive action, the system kicks in to support the steering maneuver. “According to our studies, provided the driver reacts at least half a second before a potential collision, the assistance system can help avoid it in 60 percent of cases,” says the project manager Dr. Lutz Bürkle, who works in corporate research and advance engineering. Bosch plans to start production of the system in 2018.

Technology looks one second into the future
To test the technology, Bürkle and his interdisciplinary team have built a research vehicle. Its central component is a Bosch stereo video camera of the kind already used in production models. Mounted behind the windshield near the rear-view mirror, the camera provides a 3D image of the area to the front of the vehicle, and detects pedestrians and oncoming traffic as well as obstacles on the road ahead. A computer in the trunk of the research vehicle analyzes the information. If a pedestrian suddenly appears in the stereo video camera’s field of vision, the system computes the likelihood of a collision as well as the route that must be taken to avoid it. All this happens at lightning speed – more than ten times a second. The correct interpretation of the images from the camera and the specific driving situation is particularly complex. “To plan the new trajectory as precisely as possible, we have to do things such as predict where the pedestrian is likely to be in a second’s time,” Bürkle explains. The team’s work focuses on developing the algorithms this requires. Bosch’s multi-faceted software expertise, which the company continues to expand, is vital in this process.

Key competence for automated driving
With their work on the analysis of camera images, the Bosch researchers are also making an important contribution to the development of automated driving. From 2020, it is expected that the Bosch highway pilot will enable highly automated freeway driving without the need for constant driver supervision. Among other things, this automation will be based on various sensors that provide a precise image of the vehicle’s surroundings. Here, Bosch relies on its mid- and long-range radar sensors, on its stereo video camera, and on its image-processing expertise. Bosch’s main goal in developing automated driving is greater safety on the roads. An estimated 1.3 million people worldwide are killed in road accidents each year. Ninety percent of these accidents are caused by human error. In difficult or confusing traffic situations, machine support can save lives.

The ultimate goal, therefore, is automated driving. In the meantime, Bosch will launch a whole range of useful driver assistance systems. Image analysis and the ability to compute new trajectories could also be used in an assistance system that guides vehicles through tight spaces. Roads are often clogged by cars parked on both sides, especially in cities. Things can get extremely tight if a van double-parks to make deliveries. The images from the stereo video camera can then provide crucial information. The computer analyzes it, and the assistant controls the power steering to enable the car to pass by without mishap, even when there is little room. “The examples show how Bosch is using sensors, software, and expertise in image processing to make mobility safer,” says Dr. Michael Bolle, head of corporate research and advance engineering at Bosch.

A network spanning industry and academia
The emergency braking assistant, the evasive steering support for pedestrian protection, and the assistance system for tight spaces are being developed as part of the publicly funded UR:BAN project. UR:BAN brings together 31 partners from the automotive, automotive-supply, electronics, communications, and software industries, as well as universities, research institutes, and municipal authorities. The aim of the partnership is to develop driver assistance and traffic management systems for the urban environment. Financial support for the project is being provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Bosch knows that close cooperation between business and the academic world is conducive to innovation. This is why the company works with almost 250 universities and research institutes worldwide.

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Annual Press Conference 2014 Bosch registers double-digit growth in China Continuous innovation and localization efforts

  • Consolidated sales increase of 18 percent to a total of CNY 41.2 billion (5 billion euros)
  • Pioneering innovations for a connected world
  • Energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts for local sustainable development
  • Double-digit growth expected again in 2014
Beijing – Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, recorded consolidated sales of CNY 41.2 billion* (5 billion euros) in China in 2013 – a significant year-on-year growth of 18 percent. “This outstanding performance demonstrates the lasting strength and success of our innovative technologies and localized solutions for the Chinese market,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for Asia Pacific. He added: “China expects to witness further stable economic growth, which will ensure a healthy business environment with dynamic opportunities. We aim to further strengthen our position in China, and we strive to achieve double-digit growth in the years to come as well.”

Bosch’s Automotive Technology business sector grew almost twice as fast as the market in China in 2013. Sales development of Bosch’s other three business sectors in China reflects the development of the respective industries in the past year. Power Tools, part of Bosch’s Consumer Goods business sector, reports moderate sales revenue growth. In the Energy and Building Technology business sector, the Thermotechnology division performed well thanks to its expanded portfolio and energy-efficient condensing appliances, while the Security Systems division experienced a slight decrease. In the Industrial Technology business sector, the Drive and Control Technology division has not yet fully recovered: however, there are signs that the construction market is stabilizing. The Packaging Technology division achieved moderate growth.

Continuous localization efforts
Bosch continues to intensify its localization strategy in its various business operations. In the last three years, Bosch has invested over CNY 10 billion in China, with the aim of further enhancing its local value chain, and especially of cultivating local R&D competence. In the past year for example, Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket and Chassis System divisions opened plants in Nanjing and Chengdu respectively, and a new Automotive Test and Technology Center in Donghai. This year, the Bosch joint venture Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems plans to open a plant in Shanghai for the production of turbochargers for gasoline engines. There are also plans for a plant for diesel systems in Qingdao.

Bosch currently has a total of 17 technical centers in China. The number of Chinese associates working in R&D increased to 3,300 – more than 10 percent of Bosch’s total headcount in China. The more than 150 patents filed in China last year – nearly 20 percent more than in the previous year – are a sign of Bosch’s increasing local R&D competence. “We are focusing on affordable products, especially in the mid-price segment, which are tailored to local customer needs without compromising Bosch quality,” said Dr. Chen Yudong, president of Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. As an example, Bosch Thermotechnology launched its first series of air-source heat pump water heaters in China in March this year. These take account of specific local needs for relatively small volumes of 150 and 200 liters, as well as of energy-saving requirements.

Associates as cornerstone of business development
By the end of 2013, Bosch had increased its workforce in China to over 32,000. Two-thirds of its local management team are Chinese. Bosch offers a comprehensive incentive package with diverse associate training programs. In 2013, Bosch Training Center offered over 900 training sessions. As a result of these efforts, Bosch has now been named “Top Employer” by the Corporate Research Foundation, an independent international human resource institute, for three years running. “Our dedicated associates are our great strength and I would like to give credit to them for Bosch’s business success in 2013,” said Dr. Chen Yudong. “It is their hard work and innovative ideas which make our success possible. The innovations provided by our talented associates will continue to be a main driver of our future success.”

Pioneering innovations for a connected world
Bosch estimates more than 75 percent of the global population and 6.6 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2015, which will bring more convenience in daily life and significantly improve energy efficiency. In line with this trend, Bosch is reaching out to new business areas and promoting new business models, especially by leveraging and combining its wide-ranging expertise in existing areas of business. “The internet of things and services is now a hot topic in China, and we expect stronger momentum in the coming years. As an innovative company, Bosch is ready for the business opportunities it brings us,” said Dr. Chen Yudong.

Leveraging its sensor and software technologies, Bosch is sparing no effort to establish the framework and foundations of connectivity. Bosch Sensortec, the Bosch subsidiary that specializes in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) technology, has had its Asia Pacific headquarters in Shanghai since 2013. Bosch Sensortec develops and markets micro-mechanical sensors for consumer electronics, mobile phones, safety systems, industrial technology, and logistics. Now every second smartphone worldwide uses Bosch sensors. While MEMS technologies are regarded as the hardware basis for connectivity, Bosch Software Innovations is capable of providing software solutions. It launched a pilot project for promoting electric vehicle application in Shanghai in 2013. Automated driving is another example of the potential and advantages of connectivity technologies. With connectivity-capable components such as sensors, cameras, and electronic control units, Bosch can offer driving assistance functions which will lead to automated driving in the future.

Energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts for sustainable development
In China, rapid industrialization and urbanization create enormous challenges for the environment, and make immediate energy-saving and emissions-reducing efforts necessary. Stricter environmental protection regulations already show the government’s determination to tackle these challenges. “The fastest way to get results is by improving the efficiency of energy conversion. Bosch offers innovative technical solutions for energy efficiency, ranging from mobility to home appliances”, Peter Tyroller said. For example, on the path to electrification, Bosch’s aim for 2020 is to reduce the fuel consumption of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by a further 20 percent from their 2012 levels. Bosch’s Thermotechnology division has also successfully developed a condensing wall-mounted boiler with thermal efficiency of as much as 111 percent.

As a sustainable manufacturer, Bosch has introduced its EHS (environment, health, and safety) standards in all its manufacturing sites in China, especially for energy saving, resource conservation, and pollution prevention. Thanks to the joint efforts of 150 fully dedicated associates involved in supervising and controlling work across China, Bosch China reduced its relative energy consumption by almost 24 percent and relative CO2 emissions by 21 percent across China in 2013, compared with their 2007 levels.

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In China, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, packaging technology, solar energy products, power tools, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, household appliances. Having established a regional presence in China since 1909, Bosch employs over 32,000 associates in 63 legal entities and facilities, with consolidated sales of CNY 41.2 billion in fiscal 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures).

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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