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
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  • December 11, 2015
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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

Contact persons for press inquiries:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Jörn Ebberg, phone: +49 711 811-26223,

Verband Region Stuttgart
Dorothee Lang, phone: +49 711 22759-15,

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 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 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. 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 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations 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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