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OpEneR: PSA Peugeot Citroën & Bosch reveal two new functions to optimise vehicle range and safety

  • Topographical data to provide the driver with an extended “vision” of the road
  • A new sensors function to optimise vehicle safety and comfort
Bosch and PSA Peugeot Citroën, along with other partners, are cooperating on the OpEneR (Optimal Energy Consumption and Recovery) research programme, designed to improve the range of future hybrid and electric vehicles and optimise driver safety and comfort.
Two new technologies developed for the OpEneR project will be available for all types of motors (gasoline, diesel, hybrid and electric).

Navigation data for an extended vision of the road and 15 percent energy savings
OpEneR now includes navigation data for predictive driving adaptation. The driver's vision is considerably extended with a preview of the road, based on topographical data such as slopes, bend radii and infrastructure data, with indication of road signs and speed limits.
This innovation means gains in efficiency, with energy savings of up to 15 percent. Thanks to the road preview feature, the engine management system performs a dynamic calculation of the energy required from the electric motors.

On-board video camera and radars to optimise vehicle safety and comfort
Sensors to help with driving comfort and safety, such as video camera and radars, are used to detect objects, other cars and pedestrians, as well as to recognise road signs, and also help bring down consumption. For instance, on the basis of the journey to be covered, a computer determines the vehicle's future speed curve, by integrating data going beyond the next bend. The Adaptive Cruise Control function automatically regulates the vehicle's speed and brakes before entering the bend, built-up areas and speed limited areas, as well as in the presence of obstacles and slower vehicles. This function means greater comfort and safety for the driver, who can concentrate on the wheel and the surrounding traffic.

In addition to its two new innovations, OpEneR enables the driver to reduce energy consumption, either by coasting, or by means of braking energy recovery for hybrid and electric vehicles. To date, more than 15,000 km of intensive testing have been carried out in real driving conditions and on varied road profiles, with consumption down by between 10 percent and 15 percent. The two partners have thus developed three technological innovations:
  • An electric drive train based on two electric motors, offering 4-wheel drive with zero CO2 emissions;
  • The new generation Stop & Start for coasting;
  • ESP® hev braking for energy recovery at braking and battery recharging, accompanied by the iBooster which can amplify the vacuum braking force.
OpEneR is part of the European Commission's “Green cars initiative” call for project proposals, with partners from the industrial and university worlds. Five partners are today working together on this research project: Bosch, AVL List and PSA Peugeot Citroën, representing industry, and the Karlsruhe research centre in Germany and the Galician Automotive Technology Centre, representing the world of university research.

About PSA Peugeot Citroën
With its two world-renowned brands, Peugeot and Citroën, PSA Peugeot Citroën sold 2.9 million vehicles worldwide in 2012, of which 38 percent outside Europe. The second largest carmaker in Europe, PSA Peugeot Citroën recorded sales and revenue of €55.4 billion in 2012. The Group is the European leader in terms of CO2 emissions, with an average of 122.5 grams of CO2/km in 2012.PSA Peugeot Citroën has sales operations in 160 countries. It is also involved in financing activities (Banque PSA Finance) and automotive equipment (Faurecia).

For more information, please visit www.psa-peugeot-citroen.com

About Bosch Group
Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2012, its sales came to 31.1 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. Its roughly 177,000 Automotive Technology associates worldwide mainly work in the following areas of business: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for 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. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.5 billion euros. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been 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 roughly 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. Bosch spent some 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 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.”

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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  • October 30, 2013
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Joint press release by ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG Open standard for the smart homes of the future Intent to cooperate internationally

  • Access for other manufacturers and service providers
  • Certainty for end customers
  • Different appliances, but just one common standard for data exchange
Stuttgart and Munich – ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG aim to set up a consortium to provide a software platform for smart homes. The companies have now signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect. The plan is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.

Under the memorandum, the parties intend to develop an open architecture for data exchange. The software platform would allow diverse devices and services to interoperate, and to exchange information with each other. Application software distribution will also be enabled. This will allow appliances and devices made by different manufacturers to be part of home automation, security, healthcare, and entertainment services. A common platform such as this has not been available up to now, making it a challenge for appliances and devices – light switches, motorized roller blinds, washing machines, multimedia equipment, smartphones, and tablets – to communicate with each other or to simply exchange information over the internet in a standardized way. The common platform is one more step toward the internet of things for the home, in which physical objects will be networked.

The software platform is intended to make the standard available to all manufacturers, software developers, and service providers. It is intended to unite diverse services in areas such as energy management, security technology, and convenience and consumer electronics. This will enable new business models: software developers, for example, will be able to develop diverse apps for these areas. And in the future, end-users wanting to have automated control for their electronic appliances in residential buildings will no longer have to choose between different technologies.

Safety, convenience, efficiency
Thanks to sensors and software, for example, a smart home will be able to detect things such as upstairs windows that are still open, and combine this information with weather forecasts on the internet to close the windows and lower the blinds before a thunderstorm breaks. To give another example, during vacations, the controls can switch on lights at random to deter burglars. What is more, if a motion sensor is triggered, the smart home can alert a security service and feed a video stream to the owner’s smartphone.

Diverse appliances, but one language
The above applications are already possible today. However, each of them requires a technical solution of its own, and the various solutions are not always compatible with each other. ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG intend to develop a common language that allows the appliances to communicate with each other. Under the standards that the consortium intends to establish, and that would be available to all manufacturers, appliances would be connected to a home gateway, which itself would be connected to the internet and a software platform. In this way, the services of different providers can interoperate. In the future, anyone who buys a new refrigerator, washing machine, heating system, or other type of electrical appliance featuring the consortium’s certificate of compatibility can expect that the appliance will interact and be compatible with the other appliances already in their smart home.

Technology
Once these open standards have been developed, the parties’ aim is that these compatible appliances will communicate with each other over radio networks such as WiFi, ZigBee, and other wired connections like KNX. A central control unit in the building manages all the individual appliances, and also creates a secure internet link. Any control unit can perform this function, regardless of manufacturer, provided the unit runs on software that satisfies the relevant standard. Independent software developers can also program new apps that allow the central control unit, the heating and air-conditioning, and the electrical appliances throughout the building to be controlled over the internet. The software platform’s sophisticated security architecture helps to ensure that only authorized persons can access the functions in any one smart home.

About the smart home
“Smart home” is used to describe buildings whose appliances are connected with each other, and thus offer their occupants new functions and services. In most cases, these can be controlled remotely over the internet. The terms “smart house,” “smart living,” and “e-home” are sometimes also used to describe the same approach. Whatever the term used, the meaning is the same. One of the benefits of such intra-connectivity in smart homes is efficient energy use, an important issue for the future. For example, if energy prices are available on the internet, homes can react automatically to them to cover their needs as cost-effectively as possible – and this without their occupants themselves having to act. The washing machine would then start when electricity is cheap. A further central issue in smart homes is security through things such as condition monitoring. Smart homes will also make ambient assisted living possible, for example in homes that are adapted to the needs of the elderly.

The consortium members
ABB AG
http://www.abb.com

Robert Bosch GmbH
http://www.bosch.com

Cisco Systems, Inc.
http://www.cisco.com

LG Electronics, Inc.
http://www.LGnewsroom.com

Supporting quotes

  • “Let’s take our homes into the internet!” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “An open standard for data exchange is the basis for this. At the same time, our innovative and beneficial services can improve quality of life in the homes of the future, and allow us to use energy efficiently, safely, and comfortably, both in our homes and our cars.”

  • “This consortium represents an opportunity to bring together a variety of business ecosystem partners, all working together to help make the Internet of Things for the home a reality,” says Jesper Andersen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group. “Cisco is looking forward to participating in the consortium and creating a standard that allows consumers to experience a connected home.”

  • “This consortium is a solution that maximizes collaboration and customer value,” says Byunghoon Min, Senior Vice President, Convergence R&D Laboratory, LG Electronics. “LG Electronics will present never experienced smart home life to customers by creating synergy within the consortium.”
Contact persons for press inquiries:
Dr. Ingo Rapold, phone: +49 711 811-48905
Thilo Resenhoeft, phone: +49 711 811-7088
Christian Hoenicke, phone: +49 711 811-6285

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30th German Logistics Congress in Berlin Bosch supervisory board chairman Fehrenbach: future mobility depends on modern infrastructure Mobility concepts are an export opportunity

  • Investment in traffic infrastructure a requirement for future mobility
  • Technical potential of traffic management not exploited
  • Exploratory field tests of solutions and concepts in Germany
Berlin – Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH, is calling for more investment in an intelligent infrastructure to facilitate future mobility. “The transportation of the future must be realized in Germany first. To enable this, we need more investment – and more sensible investment – in our mobility infrastructure,” Fehrenbach said at the 30th German Logistics Congress in Berlin. Above all, Fehrenbach sees the country lagging behind considerably in the area of traffic infrastructure. Catching up will involve not only bridge repairs and the construction of more freeways, he said. It will also require investments in infrastructure to be oriented toward the fundamental trends in mobility. According to him, electrification, automation, and connectivity are placing new demands on infrastructure. One of these is efficient traffic management. A first step toward this could be made by implementing a road toll, he explained. “The potential offered by traffic management as well as the other technical possibilities of a networked traffic infrastructure are currently still being ignored in public debate,” Fehrenbach said. Instead, the argument is centering on the question of scope and how the revenue generated by a vignette-based road toll system should be used.

Germany: exploit opportunities offered by trend towards connectivity
Fehrenbach believes that the global trend toward digital connectivity will also fundamentally transform mobility – and with it, traffic. “We must make Germany a hub for this technology. In order to do this, we need the necessary infrastructure,” he said. The shape of future traffic flow – whether of people or goods – is still to some extent the subject of research. However, the mobility trends of the future are already clear. “Achieving electrified, automated, and connected mobility will only be possible if we create the necessary technological conditions and framework in advance,” Fehrenbach continued. This includes, for example, interfaces between renewable energy and alternative powertrains, telematics services, and the efficient management of traffic flows. “With a modern, integrated system, Germany could further extend its expertise in the realm of intelligent traffic management.” The limited discussion surrounding the topic of a road toll is thus disappointing, he said.

Mobility concepts are an export opportunity
In particular, the megacities that are emerging worldwide need new mobility concepts. “Intelligent, resource-conserving, and hence sustainable mobility could be the next big export opportunity for Germany,” Fehrenbach said. However, Germany has up to now been lacking the necessary infrastructure to “field test” new concepts and solutions, he argued. “The role of infrastructure as a vehicle of innovation has been fundamentally underestimated. This has been demonstrated in the discussions about investment priorities and their financing.”

Competition: engine of progress rather than threat to it
Fehrenbach currently sees considerable potential for efficiency in many of Germany’s markets and sectors. He believes that in some areas, a lack of competition, state intervention, and over-regulation could be leading to a lack of transparency, inefficiency, and undesirable market developments. “Competition is perceived as a threat rather than as an engine of progress,” Fehrenbach emphasized. Only by strengthening the principles of Germany’s social market economy will the country’s future as an industrial location be assured. “Competition as a core element of a social market economy guarantees progress, growth, and thus prosperity.”

Shaping the future: no letting up now
With respect to the coalition negotiations between the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats, Fehrenbach pointed to the great need for reform which continues to exist in Germany. He warned against letting Germany’s momentarily strong economy divert attention away from the real challenges. “If we let up on shaping the future now, we will fall behind globally.”

About the German Logistics Congress
The German Logistics Congress has been staged by the German Logistics Association (BVL) since 1983. It has become the most important annual logistics event in Europe. It is an important forum for German industry. The share of international participants is constantly increasing. The anniversary event is taking place from October 23–25, 2013, in Berlin.

More information on the event and the BVL is available online.
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  • October 25, 2013
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Bosch compact Information on the “Save Food” initiative Bosch Packaging Technology is actively involved

The initiative
Launch: Save Food is an alliance between the global Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. Save Food was launched in May 2011 with an international congress and exhibition as part of Interpack, the leading trade show in the packaging industry. Since the start of 2013, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has also been supporting the initiative.

Objective: Save Food looks for solutions that will combat global food losses and waste, and ensure less food is lost en route to customers and by customers themselves.

Background: In 1996, participants at the United Nations World Food Summit set themselves the target of halving the number of people suffering from hunger by 2015. The long-term aim is to end hunger on our planet by 2025. Worldwide, 842 million people, or 15 percent of the global population, are currently suffering from hunger. All their needs could be met using just a fraction of the food that is left unused.

The challenge: Each year, around one-third of foodstuffs is lost en route from field to table. There are various reasons for this. In the industrialized nations, up to 40 percent of foodstuffs (for example, North America) spoil in consumers' homes. In less developed countries, foodstuff losses result from inadequate harvesting conditions and a lack of infrastructure, such as inappropriate storage. In China, the proportion of the rice crop lost is 45 percent, while in Vietnam the figure is as high as 80 percent. These massive losses also mean a waste of resources such as agricultural land, energy, and, in particular, water.

First steps: The FAO has set up interdisciplinary working groups and launched studies. As well as surveys on causes of global food losses, studies in emerging markets have also looked at appropriate packaging solutions that will allow more effective use of locally available packaging materials, for example.

Field studies: An initial field study is already underway in Kenya. It is designed to identify solutions that will effectively tackle the loss of foodstuffs and examine how these can be put into practice and financed. The results are expected shortly (November 2013). Further studies are planned for Cameroon, India, Myanmar, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.

Bosch Packaging Technology
Packaging allows food be transported better over long distances, and also improves the preservation and storage of food. Appropriate technological solutions take account of local conditions in countries with inadequate food supplies. In many emerging markets, there are still forms of packaging that are inappropriate for end consumers. Foodstuffs are often packed in unsterile, large-volume bags weighing 25 kilograms or more. Using Bosch packaging machinery, perishable products such as flour, rice, salt, and sugar can be packed hygienically in one-kilogram bags. This ensures customers receive exactly the right amount of good-quality food.

As well as plants in Europe and North and South America, Bosch Packaging Technology now also has its own assembly locations and sales and service centers in China, Thailand, Singapore, India, South Africa, and Egypt.

Press contact:
Claudia Arnold (spokesperson for Industrial Technology), phone +49 711 811-6403
Dirk Haushalter (spokesperson for Packaging Technology) phone +49 711 811-58503

Further information:
Save Food initiative:
http://www.save-food.org/

Food waste footprint (video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoCVrkcaH6Q

UN report “The State of Food Insecurity in the World”:
http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3434e/i3434e.pdf

Report of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK):
http://www.imeche.org/knowledge/themes/environment/global-food

Report of the World Resources Institute:
http://pdf.wri.org/reducing_food_loss_and_waste.pdf

More about Bosch Packaging Technology in emerging countries
http://www.bosch.com/en/com/boschglobal/save_food/save_food.html
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  • October 16, 2013
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