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European Inventor Award goes to the father of ESP Retired Bosch associate Anton van Zanten honored for his life’s work

  • Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner: “Anton van Zanten and his engineering colleagues are the guardian angels of many drivers.”
  • To date, ESP has saved more than 8,500 lives in Europe alone.
  • After the seat belt, ESP is the most important vehicle safety system.
  • Anti-skid protection already features in 64 percent of all new vehicles worldwide.
Stuttgart, Germany/Lisbon, Portugal – Today in Lisbon, Anton van Zanten was honored for his invention of the ESP electronic stability program with the 2016 European Inventor Award. The award, which is conferred by the European Patent Office (EPO), was presented to him in the “Lifetime achievement” category. The Dutch native developed the anti-skid system as the head of a 35-member research group at Bosch, during a career that spanned more than 25 years. The system was first featured as standard equipment in the Mercedes-Benz S600 in 1995. “Anton van Zanten and his engineering colleagues are the guardian angels of many drivers,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, in praise not only of the award-winner, but also of the team effort behind the innovation. “The invention of ESP stands for our ‘Invented for life’ ethos like few others,” the Bosch CEO said. In Europe alone, ESP has saved more than 8,500 lives and prevented more than a quarter of a million traffic accidents to date. That makes anti-skid protection the most important vehicle safety system after the seat belt – more important even than the airbag.

ESP is standard equipment in vehicles in a growing number of countries
Using smart sensors, ESP compares 25 times per second whether the car is actually moving in the direction that the driver is steering it in. If the measured values do not match, the anti-skid system intervenes, initially reducing engine torque. If that is not sufficient, it additionally brakes individual wheels, generating the counterforce needed to keep a vehicle safely on course. If all vehicles were equipped with the anti-skid system, up to 80 percent of all skidding accidents could be prevented. 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. In addition to the EU, the anti-skid system is also mandatory in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the United States. Worldwide, 64 percent of all new vehicles are therefore already equipped with ESP. Bosch has manufactured more than 150 million ESP systems to date.

Career with many inventions and awards
By inventing the electronic stability program, Anton van Zanten and his development team at Bosch did more than just lay the foundation for greater road safety. The system is also the basis for today’s driver assistance systems and automated driving. Increasing automation presents an opportunity to lower accident rates even further – by up to a third in Germany alone. ESP is Anton van Zanten’s greatest success, but by far not his only achievement. The 75-year-old is the very epitome of an inventor. During his career as an automotive engineer, he was responsible for some 180 patent families. Along with ESP, his inventions include electronic rollover mitigation and trailer sway mitigation. Anton van Zanten entered into active retirement in 2003. To this day, he continues to lecture on vehicle systems at universities and act as a consultant for automotive companies. For his contributions to automotive safety, Anton van Zanten has already received numerous awards. However, the European Inventor Award, which pays tribute to his life’s work, is of particular significance.

Eleventh edition of the European Inventor Award in five categories
The European Inventor Award has been presented since 2006. It is the EPO’s way of honoring researchers, scientists, technicians, and inventors whose inventions have been patented by the EPO and have made an outstanding contribution to scientific, technical, and social progress. What makes it unusual is that any member of the public can nominate an inventor for the award. From the nearly 400 nominees from a total of 13 countries in 2016, an independent, international jury selected the 15 finalists. The jury also decides the winners in the five categories “Industry,” “Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),” “Research,” “Non-European countries,” and “Lifetime achievement.” The winners of the European Inventor Award receive a trophy shaped like a sail as a symbol of discovery and human ingenuity. The trophy is crafted with new materials every year.

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  • June 09, 2016
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Electrifying motorsport Bosch makes racing karts clean and quiet

  • Bosch develops electric powertrain for motorsport kart prototype together with FIA and German Motorsport Association
  • 48-volt system makes karting emissions-free, quiet, and agile
  • Bosch series production technology powers the electric racing kart
  • “Electrification will bring more excitement, driving pleasure, and greater efficiency to motorsport,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH
Abstatt/Berlin – It goes from 0 to 100 kph under five seconds and has a top speed of over 130 kph, and with peak torque available even at low engine speeds, it can squeal the tires with just a tap of the pedal. The only things missing here are the engine roar and the smell of gasoline in the air. This is the motorsport experience that FIA Electric, the New Energy Commission, and the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) are presenting on May 21, 2016 in Berlin. Within the greater context of FIA Formula E they are showcasing the study of a purely electric racing kart prototype. The FIA and DMSB rely on Bosch for this innovative powertrain system. The supplier of technology and services developed the system together with these motorsport organizing bodies, as well as with Germany's largest kart manufacturer Mach 1 Kart. Together these organizations will be presenting an initial prototype in Berlin. “With this electric kart, the FIA, DMSB, and Bosch are together laying the foundations for 'electrifying' performance kart racing. Just as it has on the roads, electrification will bring more excitement, driving pleasure, and greater efficiency to race tracks,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. DMSB General Secretary Christian Schacht is also enthusiastic about the electric racing kart: “We're happy to support the forward-looking and exciting FIA electric kart project. As an advanced technology nation, Germany very much has a special obligation to support electromobility in motorsports. We do that with Formula E, and we also do that by supporting junior kart racing drivers.”

Powertrain technology from the street to the race track
Karting is considered to be the gateway series into the world of professional motorsport. Currently, most racing karts are powered by internal-combustion engines. When the FIA, DMSB, Mach 1 Kart, and Bosch decided to develop an all-new electric powertrain for professional karting, they logically began with a blank sheet of paper. The idea was to create a purely electric motorsport discipline that made no compromises in power or performance. Bosch motorsport engineers came up with a solution in the form of the new BRS boost recuperation system, whose first generation will go into production at the company starting in 2017. The electrical components of the BRS support the internal-combustion motor in compact vehicles with up to 10 kW of additional power, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent on the street. It also provides the internal-combustion engine with an additional 150 newton meters of torque during acceleration. “We have modified the system for use in professional karting, and we are using it it to electrically power the kart prototype,” says Dr. Klaus Böttcher, vice president of Bosch Motorsport. “We offer a complete system combining Bosch automotive large-scale production technology with specially developed components and powertrain control software from a single source.” Two starter-generators delivering a total output of 20 kW form the basis of the new powertrain, which sends a sporting 300 Nm of torque to the rear axle. Energy is stored in the system using a 48-volt lithium battery. In addition, the starter-generators can recover energy during recuperation and then use it for acceleration. The nerve center of the powertrain is a custom ECU that controls energy flows throughout the kart. A set of sensors and a wiring harness complete the overall system. The new electric powertrain turns the Mach 1 Kart chassis into a clean, fast, and agile performer on the race track. “Even during its initial run, the electric kart was able to hit 100 kph in less than five seconds and achieve a top speed of over 130 kph. Over the coming weeks and months we will continue testing to further explore the capabilities of the new electric kart,” explains Böttcher.

Bosch Motorsport
With more than 100 associates around the world, Bosch Motorsport has been a part of Bosch Engineering, a subsidiary specializing in engineering services, since 2003. Bosch Motorsport engineers equip teams running in the DTM, FIA European Formula 3 Championship, the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, and numerous rallies and long-distance championships – including the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans event and of course the ultimate formula racing series – with race-tested technology made by Bosch. Bosch's involvement in motor racing dates back 115 years: the first racing victories with Bosch technology on board came in the early 1900s, and the motorsport success stories continue to this day.

Further information:
Basic information Bosch Motorsport
Boost Recuperation System: the hybrid for everybody
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  • May 23, 2016
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10 reasons, for choosing an eBike

Stuttgart/Reutlingen – eBiking is proving very popular. For young or old, for urban or sporty use, the eBike's electric power boost makes cycling more relaxing, you travel longer distances and you reach your destination feeling fresher. What began as a niche movement has become a trend. There are 2.5 million pedelecs on German roads. Opting for an eBike is well worthwhile. To find out why that is so and how the eBike is connecting people more than it separates them, read on.

1. The environment benefits
Pedelec users go easy on the environment, especially if they use their eBike on a daily basis. Half of all car journeys are 5 kilometres or less, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency the CO2 emissions of a car are around 40 times higher than those of a bicycle with a battery-powered motor. So by using an eBike rather than a car for short distances you are protecting the environment – and also travelling quietly and economically.

2. Gone are the days of headwinds
Who would not on occasion have appreciated a little assistance cycling on steep ascents in a full-on headwind? An invisible “hand” to give you a gentle push and make starting on an uphill stretch or cycling on a steep ascent almost effortless. Making mountains no longer daunting and headwinds neither here nor there. The eBike makes it possible.

3. Keeps you fit, makes you mobile
Are eBikes just for those who want to take it easy? Not at all! Despite the power assistance eBikers still have to hit the pedals to get moving. And it is up to you to decide how much power assistance you want or need. Studies have found that eBikers get on their bikes two to three times more often and cover much longer distances than conventional cyclists. So now is the time to get on a bike with power assistance regardless whether for comfort or for sporting use.

4. Perfect for commuting
Would you like to keep fit on your commute? Then the eBike is for you. It is a sporting option. A glance at the statistics reveals that there are 30 million commuters in Germany and that nearly 25 million of them travel less than 25 km to work. Indeed, nearly every other German commuter travels less than 10 km to work. eBikes are ideal for distances of this kind.

5. Easement, exercise, extra boost
Thanks to the even, adjustable assistance provided by the eBike drive system an eBike is ideal for training or for getting back into cycling after an injury. Furthermore, the drive system prevents too heavy a burden on knees or thigh muscles. That eases pressure on joints, tendons and ligaments. Would you like to be fit and healthy and to improve your wellbeing? An eBike is a step in the right direction.

6. Wheely good advice
Could you do without discussions and complaints? No arguments, please? The mood can turn fast when people with unequal physical conditions and expectations set out on a cycling tour together. That is when a little motor can work wonders. Its power assistance offsets differences in performance and brings people closer together again – with the result that the tour is an experience everyone is happy to repeat.

7. Easy on the wallet
eBikes are much less expensive than cars to buy and to maintain. Fuel costs, insurance premiums, car tax or parking charges? Zero. The cost of fuel alone for a diesel-powered car is currently around EUR 7.00 per 100 km. 100 km on a pedelec costs around EUR 0.25. Now that is a genuine saving. Plans already?

8. Fun factor
eBikes make cycling less work and more fun. With power assistance the eBiker can sail past many other road users freely and easily. The pedelec is often the fastest mode of transport available in urban traffic over distances of up to and including 5 km – and over distances of up to 10 km eBikers can easily keep up with car drivers.

9. Pure mobility
Intermodal traffic? Not the slightest problem with an eBike. eBike to the railroad station, take the train and then either use public transportation or rent a pedelec to your destination. With an eBike you are fast and flexible. You can cover distances more easily and increase the radius of distances you can travel. Power assistance gives you a real boost in the city. eBikers leave tailbacks behind them and don't need to worry about finding somewhere to park either.

10. Something for everybody
The market is constantly coming up with new models and versions. Pedelecs capable of speeds of up to either 25 km/h or 45 km/h. eBikes are available for urban or cross-country use, for leisure tours or for summiteers with sporting ambitions. There is a wide range from which to choose and the right eBike for every kind of person. You really are spoilt for choice.

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  • May 20, 2016
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DTM 2016 How Bosch is getting the DTM on track this year

  • In 2016, DTM vehicles will once again feature Bosch engine management, displays, and other components
  • “DTM benefits from the motorsport expertise Bosch has built up over decades,” says Walter Mertes, Board Member for Marketing/Sponsoring at ITR
  • Bosch both optimizes series-production technology for motor racing and designs components especially for the DTM
  • Bosch has a 115-year-long tradition of involvement in motor sports – with its first racing victory in 1901
Abstatt/Hockenheim – They are rivals on the racing track, but fundamentally they all come from the same family. What race cars such as the Audi RS5 DTM, the BMW M4 DTM, and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM have in common is Bosch technology. The Bosch engine management system beats like a heart under the hood, and every driver in the internationally popular DTM German Touring Car Masters series has a Bosch display before his eyes in the cockpit. “Our components precisely control engine function and ensure that drivers are able to monitor the technology. For spectators, this means exciting motorsport to the highest technical standards,” says Dr. Klaus Boettcher, vice president of Bosch Motorsport. Working with Bosch means that the DTM has a leader in technology by its side. “Bosch has been with us from the very beginning. As a supplier of technology and services it has been our trusted partner for years now,” says Walter Mertes, Board Member for Marketing/Sponsoring at ITR. “As for the components employed, we benefit as a racing series from the motorsport expertise that Bosch has built up over decades.”

Motor racing and series-production technology
Ever since the new DTM began in 2000, the racing series has relied upon Bosch technology. In addition to the engine management system and displays, Bosch also supplies starters, generators, wiring harnesses, and windshield wiper direct drives. The company supplies these as standard components for every race car. These motorsport components are developed and manufactured at the development center in Abstatt near Heilbronn. This location is home to Bosch Motorsport, the Bosch group’s specialist division for motor racing technology. Its engineers are completely redesigning the DTM engine management system, display, and wiring harness. “DTM engine control units are different from those in road vehicles. That’s why DTM components are custom products, which we develop on a bespoke basis and manufacture in very small numbers,” Boettcher says. In addition to the hardware, the Bosch engine management software is also a special development aimed only at motor racing. This software allows teams to make individual adjustments in the touring cars to a wide variety of parameters such as ignition and fuel injection, within the limits permitted by DTM regulations; it also allows the teams to analyze the data from completed laps. Starters, generators, and windshield wiper direct drives are largely based on series-production technology. The motorsport engineers in Abstatt are improving the performance of these components and making them more resilient against dirt, vibration, heat, and moisture. To do this, they are collaborating closely with the prototype departments of Bosch plants in Germany and around the world. “When it comes to components, every team in the DTM benefits from Bosch’s know-how and its precision large-scale series production,” explains Boettcher.

115-year-long tradition of involvement in motor sports
Bosch’s involvement in motor racing has a long tradition. The first racing victories with Bosch technology on board go back to the Nice-Salon-Nice race in 1901 and the Gordon Bennett Cup race of 1903. Back then, Mercedes race cars equipped with Bosch magneto ignition went from one triumph to the next. Another big moment came in 1954. A Mercedes Benz 2.5-liter formula race car won the French Grand Prix with a Bosch mechanical direct gasoline injection system that was being used for the first time in motorsport. A few years later, in 1965, a breakerless transistor ignition system was used in races for the first time in the Porsche 906 – and shortly afterwards, in 1968, came an experimental Antilock Braking System (ABS) in the Porsche Bergspyder. At the start of the 1980s, Bosch combined the direct gasoline injection system and ignition system to create the Motronic electronic engine control system. This was refined for Formula 1, the result of which was the World Championship title in 1983 for Brabham BMW. From 2001 to 2005, all overall winners at the 24-hour Le Mans race were using the company’s electronic direct gasoline injection system. From 2006 to 2011, all the vehicles that won on the Circuit de la Sarthe were equipped with Bosch common-rail injection systems – while in 2012 saw the first win for a diesel-hybrid race car for the first time, which also featured Bosch Motorsport technology. “Then as now, our automotive technology is successful even under the extreme conditions of motor racing,” Boettcher says. That is what his more than one hundred motorsport developers will continue working to maintain in the future, too.

Bosch and the DTM 2016:

Further information:
Bosch and DTM to continue successful partnership until 2017
Bosch and the DTM: Technology for motor racing and series production

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  • May 12, 2016
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