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RoMulus research project: Intelligent sensor systems for Industry 4.0 Reducing development and manufacturing costs

  • “Robust multi-sensor technology for status monitoring in Industry 4.0 applications” (RoMulus) research project
  • Eleven partners researching new development methods for intelligent multi-sensor systems
  • Cost-effective manufacturing, even in small quantities
  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is sponsoring the project
Stuttgart, Germany – Multi-sensor systems form a crucial basis for the success of Industry 4.0 applications. They record, process, and transmit a number of measurement parameters, such as pressure, acceleration, and temperature, all in a highly compact space. Machines are not the only ones to receive such sensors; workpieces are also increasingly being fitted with the intelligent sensor systems so that each product can provide its blueprint and report its manufacturing status. Based on this information, production is largely able to organize and monitor itself.

Eleven research partners now aim to simplify and accelerate the development of intelligent multi-sensor systems. As part of the RoMulus project, they want to standardize and refine the steps leading up to the finished product in such a way that it is possible to produce even small quantities in a cost-effective manner. As a result, they are improving the market position of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the sensor technology sector.

In the future, SMEs will be able to offer their industrial customers customized sensor systems with considerably less effort and expense. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the RoMulus project as part of the IKT 2020 incentive program to the tune of approximately 4.5 million euros, which covers some 70 percent of the total investment amount.

Challenging development
The development of multi-sensor systems for Industry 4.0 applications is challenging. The task is to combine two technologies in a highly compact space, namely microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), which measure mechanical parameters, such as pressure and acceleration, and microelectronic sensor components, which determine temperature, light intensity, and chemical concentrations. The finished systems must process large amounts of data in the most energy-efficient manner possible. Furthermore, they need to be robust enough to function reliably in an industrial setting.

Collaboration with semiconductor manufacturers and service providers
The German sensor technology sector predominantly comprises small and medium-sized enterprises. As a general rule, they are unable to cover all of the services themselves that are necessary for the development and production of multi-sensor systems, which is why they rely on close collaboration with semiconductor manufacturers and service providers for research and development. “We want to disentangle and standardize this collaboration – and thereby the design and manufacturing processes,” says project coordinator Dr. Eckhard Hennig, professor at Reutlingen University. In the future, SMEs will be able to select and compile development services as well as electronic components as if from a large kit, depending on what solution the customer requires for their very specific industrial application.

“RoMulus makes it possible to systematically design and cost-effectively manufacture robust, energy-efficient multi-sensor systems, even in small quantities. As a result, German sensor technology manufacturers are leading the field in terms of creating an important technological basis for Industry 4.0 applications,” explains Dr. Reinhard Neul from Robert Bosch GmbH.

Eleven partners from research and industry
As part of the RoMulus project, eleven partners are pooling their expertise – from semiconductor manufacturers and development companies to SMEs. They are as follows: Zeiss, the Fraunhofer Institute IIS/EAS, Reutlingen University, Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige GmbH, microsensys GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, the Technical University of Munich, TETRA Gesellschaft für Sensorik, Robotik und Automation mbH, the University of Bremen, the University of Freiburg, and X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG. The edacentrum in Hanover is responsible for project management. The abbreviation RoMulus stands for “robust multi-sensor technology for status monitoring in Industry 4.0 applications.” The project began in October 2015 and is scheduled to last three years.

Background information on the internet:
Project website

The research partners:
Zeiss (business sector: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology) SMT GmbH
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Division Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS
Reutlingen University
IMMS Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige GmbH
microsensys GmbH
Robert Bosch GmbH
Technical University of Munich
TETRA Gesellschaft für Sensorik, Robotik und Automation mbH
University of Bremen
University of Freiburg
X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG

Project management:
edacentrum GmbH

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  • May 27, 2016
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Business development is encouraging Double-digit growth for Bosch Packaging Technology Three acquisitions in the food sector

  • Sales rise by 10.2 percent in 2015 to reach 1.3 billion euros
  • Order intake is 14.5 percent higher than 2015
  • Executive board expects moderate growth for fiscal 2016
  • Complete lines and Industry 4.0 solutions are strategic areas of growth
Waiblingen, Germany – Bosch Packaging Technology increased its sales from 1.18 billion euros in 2014 to 1.3 billion in 2015, representing nominal sales growth of 10.2 percent (3.1 percent when adjusted for currency effects). This puts the machine manufacturer – one of the leading providers of processing and packaging technology solutions – ahead of its competitors. According to industry association VDMA, the German manufacturers were able to achieve nominal sales growth of just 2.8 percent on average. Order intake at the Bosch division also rose over the same period, increasing by 14.5 percent in nominal terms from 1.23 to 1.4 billion euros. Adjusted for currency effects, this corresponds to an increase of 7.2 percent. As of the end of the year, Bosch Packaging Technology employed some 6,200 associates at more than 30 locations worldwide. “We are satisfied with our double-digit rise in sales, particularly given the modest growth of the sector as a whole. In 2015, we were again able to increase our market share,” summarizes Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology. He anticipates moderate growth for fiscal 2016.

Strongest growth in the Asia-Pacific region
Sales in Europe declined slightly in 2015, ultimately accounting for 37 percent of total sales. In North America, sales grew by almost 18 percent – remarkable given the generally stagnant situation in the machine manufacturing market. Overall, North America now accounts for 27 percent of total sales. Latin America saw sales growth of almost 25 percent. At the continental level, Bosch achieved its greatest growth – somewhat above 27 percent – in Asia-Pacific and Africa. In total, Bosch Packaging Technology generated some 90 percent of its sales outside Germany in 2015. Emerging markets are thereby playing an increasingly important role.

Acquisition of three companies in the food sector
Part of Bosch Packaging Technology's growth strategy is to strengthen its position through strategic acquisitions. In addition to founding a joint venture with the Indian company Klenzaids in 2015 (focus on pharmaceuticals), last year the company acquired three further enterprises in food: Osgood Industries Inc. in Oldsmar, Florida at the end of May 2015 and, in December, the two sister companies Kliklok-Woodman Corporation, headquartered in Decatur, Georgia (U.S.), and Kliklok International Ltd. based in Bristol, England. Bosch Packaging Technology is thereby continuing to expand its position in the pharma, food, and confectionery sectors and, above all, strengthens its expertise as a complete solution provider. The companies acquired in 2015 have not been consolidated on the balance sheet for that year.

Moderate growth expected in 2016
The overall rather modest start to 2016 coupled with the high volume of orders from last year leads Klefenz to anticipate moderate single-digit growth for the current fiscal year. To drive growth, Bosch Packaging Technology plans to further expand its line and system competence and develop solutions for the connected production of the future.

Complete solutions from a single source
At Bosch Packaging Technology, a key topic for the future remains line and system competence. Here, Bosch not only views itself as n a provider of the entire production line, from processing technology to the finished packaged product, including services. Instead, the company is taking the approach a step further and looking to turnkey projects, which it sees as offering great potential, especially outside Europe. In these projects, Bosch assumes responsibility for everything from planning of material and personnel, building technology, and cleanrooms to the production facilities themselves, thereby providing customers with complete solutions from a single source. Projects have already been successfully implemented with customers from the pharmaceutical industry in Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia.

Industry 4.0: applying the Bosch Group`s know-how to target industries
Industry 4.0 is another driver of growth. The modern factory is smart and connected, linking traditional manufacturing with sensors, software, and services. Bosch Packaging Technology works with its customers on pilot projects aimed at developing needs-oriented solutions. In doing so, the company can draw on the Bosch Group's many years of experience. “Whenever it is a question of connectivity, we benefit from the Bosch Group's expertise as a leading user and leading provider in this area. We will be launching a whole range of pilot projects in 2016 in order to tailor Bosch's existing software solutions to the needs of our customers in our target industries pharmaceuticals and food,” says Klefenz. One such solution already employed by customers all over the world is Bosch's Track & Trace software.

For instance, to give one example: in 2015, Bosch Packaging Technology and Hikma Pharmaceuticals in Jordan and Saudi Arabia implemented Track & Trace projects for pharmaceuticals. Using Bosch technology, the company prints and verifies up to 400 cartons per minute, and is capable of printing serial numbers, 1D and 2D codes, batch data, and expiry dates on the cartons. Bosch's new software ensures that the software and machines within the process are reliably connected. The various packaging lines can then be monitored from a central office. Thanks to the solution, Hikma is also able to export the data to an external database, for instance that of a regulatory authority. In 2016, other customers in the U.S., the UK, and Austria will be equipping their production facilities with Track & Trace systems made by Bosch.

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  • May 24, 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 “e-kart”, which is 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 the e-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 e-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 e-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
Brochure Boost Recuperation System

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  • May 23, 2016
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Localization strategy pays off In China, too: Bosch sees connectivity as basis for growth China is second-largest market for Bosch Group

  • Nominal sales growth of 19 percent to 11.1 billion euros
  • “Internet Plus” initiative is driving connectivity market in China
  • Bosch invested more than 750 million euros in China in 2015
  • Industry 4.0 already reality at eight Bosch locations in China
  • Bosch to take on 2,500 additional software engineers in China in 2016
Shanghai, China – In 2015, Bosch increased its sales in China to 11.1 billion euros. Despite a less dynamic market environment, the supplier of technology and services achieved a nominal sales growth of some 19 percent. Adjusted for currency effects, sales were up slightly in local currency. Sales in China almost doubled as a result of the full acquisition of the former fifty-fifty joint ventures BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH. This makes the country the second-largest market for the Bosch Group after Germany. Over the past three years, China’s share of total Bosch Group sales has increased from nine to 16 percent.

Bosch expects a positive performance in China also for 2016 and sees especially strong potential in the area of connectivity. “The Chinese market continues to offer us a wide range of business opportunities. The market for the internet of things (IoT) is also growing rapidly in China,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for Asia Pacific at the local annual press conference in Shanghai. He added that this is above all thanks to the “Internet Plus” initiative for integrating the internet into traditional industries – a major element of the Chinese government’s 13th Five-Year Plan, which aims to make China a greener, more open, more innovative, and more sustainable economy. “Over the coming years, we expect China to see strong growth in demand for quality products as well as for connected solutions and services. Bosch is well positioned for this,” Tyroller said.

“Local for local” in connectivity as well
Bosch has been present in China since 1909 and is committed to localization there. “Our ‘local for local’ strategy in China is paying off, as we can see from our sustained business success in the country,” Tyroller said. This relies on expanding local manufacturing as well as research and development. “We invested more than 750 million euros in China in 2015, and we are budgeting a similar sum for 2016,” he continued. For example, Bosch will open a new plant in Wuhu this year for its Car Multimedia division. Tyroller also sees localization as a recipe for success with connectivity. This is why the Bosch subsidiaries Bosch Software Innovations, Bosch Sensortec, and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions have been present in the local market for several years. When it comes to connectivity, Bosch also relies on alliances with local partners such as Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese internet companies. This collaboration will enable local use of the mySPIN smartphone integration solution. What is more, a team of research associates in China is developing IoT solutions that are tailored to the local market.

Increased competitiveness in China thanks to Industry 4.0
It is above all in connected industry that Bosch sees huge potential in China. “We expect that the use of intelligent and connected solutions in manufacturing will play an increasingly important role in China,” Tyroller said. The key driver for this is the “Made in China 2025” initiative, which is part of the country’s “Internet Plus” action plan. In China, too, Bosch is pursuing a two-pronged strategy in the area of Industry 4.0: As a leading supplier, the company offers a range of solutions for the Chinese market in the areas of powertrain technology and automation as well as sensor technology and software. And as a leading user of Industry 4.0, Bosch is already operating eight pilot projects at its Chinese manufacturing locations in Suzhou, Shanghai, Wuxi, Changsha, Nanjing, Beijing, Changzhou, and Xi’an. In logistics and inventory, for instance, RFID (radio frequency identification) tags track the route workpieces take through the factory, while reading stations are able to pinpoint the position of the transport crates at any time. It is easy to see what work steps blanks are gradually progressing through and when the products will most likely be finished. That data, in turn, can be used to determine when they will be packaged, shipped, and installed. In the Bosch plant in Suzhou, this has already cut the time needed for inventory by 97 percent, or 440 man-hours.

Bosch is a sought-after software employer in China as well
Connectivity also plays an important role in the search for new talents. In 2015, 30 percent of the 5,000 Bosch researchers and developers in China were working in software development. They will be joined by another 2,500 associates in 2016. Bosch now employs some 55,000 associates in China – 2,000 more than one year ago. This makes the company’s headcount in China the biggest outside Germany.

Asia Pacific as a success story for Bosch
Bosch’s success story in Asia Pacific goes back more than a century. In the past five years alone, the company has achieved average sales growth in the region of some ten percent and invested a total of four billion euros. With a 27 percent share of total sales revenue, Asia Pacific remains an important pillar of growth for the Bosch Group. In 2015, its sales in the region rose 17 percent (2.8 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects) to 19.2 billion euros. Today, Bosch has 104,000 associates in 18 countries across the region: in Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan, as well as in the ASEAN member states Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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  • May 12, 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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Intelligent charging for electric cars Bosch app makes finding charge spots and billing easier

  • Bosch Software Innovations provides charging apps, including backend infrastructure, in cooperation with automakers
  • The apps pool together the charging points of multiple operators
  • Charging apps already available for the smart and Mercedes-Benz brands, with Renault soon to follow
  • Apps cover some 3,700, or roughly 80 percent, of Germany's web-enabled public charge spots
By offering the ability to quickly find charging stations and pay for their use with one click, innovative charging apps are making electromobility even more practical for everyday use throughout Germany. The key to all of this is the smartphone: charging apps on the phone allow drivers of electric cars to quickly find available charging stations in their area and then use them simply and conveniently. Working together with various automakers, Bosch Software Innovations offers charging apps along with the backend infrastructure. The charging apps are currently available at no cost from smart and Mercedes-Benz, with Renault soon to follow. Around 3,700 public charging points in Germany are already accessible through the apps. The charging apps form a part of Bosch's global connectivity strategy. Soon, electric cars and their charging infrastructure will also be a part of the internet of things (IoT): “The connected electric car is the best electric car,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH.

A key advantage of the charging apps lies in their broad scope. Approximately 3,700 of the web-enabled, public charging points in Germany have already been made accessible through the app network, and additional European countries will later follow. In addition to the technical implementation, which features services such as the intercharge eRoaming platform, Bosch Software Innovations has also signed contracts in advance with a host of charge point operators. This means that app users can conveniently use the displayed charging stations without the need for cash, and without having to resolve complex technical and contractual issues themselves before doing so. Instead, all they need is a PayPal account and to have completed a one-time registration. Even the payment process is completed from within the app in a convenient and secure fashion.

Automakers smart, Mercedes-Benz, and Renault are using the charging apps in an effort to win over more electric car customers. This is because, aside from attractive vehicle offerings, a straightforward recharging procedure plays a critical role in the continued advancement of electromobility in Germany. The operators of the charging stations profit here as well, as the apps help them to increase utilization of their charging points.

Connected charging stations represent an ideal IoT application
The charging apps are an ideal example of an Internet of Things application in which intelligent objects – in this case charging stations – are connected together. With its technology, Bosch Software Innovations lays the foundation for bringing together various players such as automakers, charge point operators, energy providers, retailers, and electric car drivers on a single software platform. But what customers do not see is the powerful network of systems behind the app that are connected with one another in real time. The cloud-enabled Bosch IoT Suite software package for the development of IoT applications forms the technological basis for the charging apps. It incorporates a broad range of regional electricity and charge point providers, in addition to the intercharge eRoaming platform and the partnered services that ensure convenient payment functionality.

“With the charging apps, we are bringing the Internet of Things and electromobility together. To us this is the perfect combination, since we have been actively promoting new developments in both of these areas for several years now,” says Kai Weber, product manager at Bosch Software Innovations. Aside from its numerous e-mobility projects and its participation in the EMI³ standardizing body, Bosch's involvement also includes its roles as a consortium partner, IOT systems partner, and platform vendor for eRoaming provider Hubject GmbH in Berlin. This joint venture regularly brings together leading players in the e-mobility marketplace, for instance at the intercharge network conference in Berlin on May 12-13, 2016. During the two days of the conference, the topics of electromobility and interoperable charging infrastructure for electric vehicles will be examined and discussed extensively in keynote speeches, expert presentations, and discussion panels in the heart of the German capital.

The charge point operators are connected to the network via the intercharge eRoaming platform. An additional 700 charging points from Belectric Drive, EmiS, and E-Wald GmbH have recently been made accessible for use through the charging apps as a result. The charging apps are available both for iOS and Android operating systems.

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Additional information on the charging apps:
Projects related to electromobility from Bosch Software Innovations:
Bosch CEO Denner: “The connected electric car is the best electric car”
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  • May 11, 2016
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Combating youth unemployment Bosch continues southern Europe apprenticeship initiative Additional projects in Italy and Spain

  • Bosch creates 75 new vocational training opportunities for young people from Italy and Spain: 50 in Germany, 15 in Spain, 10 in Italy
  • New “Prepare for the future” project reaches 40,000 school students in Italy
  • Christoph Kübel, director of industrial relations: “Occupational training concept with intercultural assistance has proved successful.”
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is once again creating 75 vocational training opportunities for young people from Italy and Spain to help combat the high level of youth unemployment in these countries. By doing so, the supplier of technology and services is continuing its southern Europe apprenticeship initiative with a new year of apprenticeships. In 2014, Bosch created 100 additional apprenticeships for young men and women from Italy, Portugal, and Spain. “Our occupational training concept with strong intercultural assistance has proved successful. We remain committed to this initiative, as youth unemployment remains very high, especially in Italy and Spain,” said Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. Qualified vocational training significantly improves young people’s job prospects, Kübel added. Of the apprenticeships Bosch is offering, 50 are in Germany, 15 are in Spain, and 10 are in Italy. The positions in Germany are for Spanish apprentices, as youth unemployment is particularly high in Spain. Bosch also has greater training capacities in Germany than in Spain. Here the apprentices can earn qualifications for the Spanish labor market starting in fall 2017. Bosch is also involved in vocational training projects in Italy and Spain to prepare young people for the demands of working life. In total, Bosch is making a total of 175 additional apprenticeships and around 14 million euros available to combat youth unemployment in southern Europe.

Positive results so far – success factors for integration
Twenty months into the program, the Spanish apprentices from the first round in Germany have completed the first part of their exams in professions such as mechatronics engineer or industrial mechanic. Like their fellow German apprentices, they have completed the practical and theoretical portions in German. “The results of the exams reaffirm the design of our apprenticeship program. In the practical portion, they are on par with German apprentices, whereas the language remains a particular challenge in the written theoretical portion,” says Siegfried Czock, the head of occupational and professional training at Bosch in Germany. The trainers are confident that the young Spaniards will pass the final exams after three and a half years. “Completing your occupational training in a different country with a foreign language and culture is a big step,” says Ana Maria San Andres Gonzalez, who comes from near Madrid, Spain. She is training to be a mechatronics engineer at the Bosch location in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. “That’s why it’s important to me to also find my way outside of work and feel at ease. My trainers, colleagues, and vocational school teachers support me in this every day.”

Bosch supports the apprentices with language courses, professional mentors, and social-educational supervision. “Teaching language skills is pivotal to learning and to successful integration. Intercultural training and constant supervision by qualified trainers are the key to successful occupational training abroad,” Czock says, summing up the success factors. In comparable projects throughout Germany, the average drop-out rate is around 40 percent. At Bosch, 40 of the original 45 participants are still in the program.

Prepare for the future – new occupational training project in Italy and Spain
To prepare school and college students for the demands of their future careers, Bosch has launched two new educational projects in Italy and Spain. The “Prepare for the future” project gives school students a first glimpse into the working world and potential career profiles. In Italy, the project already reached more than 40,000 students at around 200 schools in its first year. On account of the positive feedback, Bosch will also start offering “Prepare for the future” in Spain this year. In another project, the supplier of technology and services is adapting elements of the German dual education system to the situation in Italy. In the first year, Bosch placed more than 100 participants in training and apprenticeship programs at Bosch locations or with customers. Numerous partners – such as regional governments, non-profit organizations, and companies – are supporting the projects.

Leveraging experience to support the integration of refugees
Bosch is also contributing its experience with the apprenticeship initiative to support the integration of refugees. This year, Bosch’s refugee-focused offerings include some 400 internships at roughly 30 locations. The goal is to work with vocational training departments to help refugees prepare for the job market or an apprenticeship. The company first teaches the responsible trainers intercultural skills. Kübel: “From our apprenticeship initiative, we know that intercultural assistance, along with learning the language quickly, is important for refugees’ integration. This is particularly true for young people who are on their own for the first time.” The Bosch locations are also making unused property and company-owned housing available for refugee accommodation, in addition to supporting local initiatives with non-cash donations. In addition, the company and its associates together raised 820,000 euros which will be used to finance more than 100 refugee aid projects, all of which were proposed by Bosch associates.

Additional information:
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Study: youth unemployment in Europe
Youth unemployment rates in the EU
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Hypercar on ice Bosch and Pagani test driving safety systems of the Huayra BC in the Arctic Circle

  • Bosch is developing and testing the braking control system of Pagani’s Huayra BC on ice and snow
  • Driving safety systems are a customized symbiosis of safety and performance
  • Pagani and Bosch Engineering have been technology partners for a number of years
Abstatt/Arjeplog – Jorge Jauregui opens a garage door at Bosch’s winter test center in Arjeplog, located in the north of Sweden. His warm breath condenses into wisps of fog. The thermometer reads minus 20°C. He is a development engineer and has taken out vehicles a countless number of times on the icy and snowy roadways here, analyzing measurement data and optimizing system calibrations. But today is special: the hypercar behind the garage door will be driven on a test track just a few kilometers south of the Arctic Circle for the first time. The Pagani Huayra BC boasts 12 cylinders and more than 750 hp. Bosch makes its ABS antilock braking system, the traction control system, and the ESP® electronic stability program. Viewed from the outside, these electronic guardian angels watching over this lightweight wonder are no different than the components found in millions of other vehicles on the road all over the world. But the software in this application was tailored for Pagani’s small production run, using a unique configuration of the software in each of the only 20 vehicles produced and five prototypes. The behavior of the systems can be adjusted for one of five stages, ranging from comfort to maximum dynamic handling.

This type of precision engineering work is the task of Jauregui and his colleagues, who will be stationed at the test center in Sweden with one of the prototypes for two weeks. Although they have already subjected a number of vehicles to extreme testing under winter weather conditions as a part of these “winter tests”, this time things are different. As Jauregui says, with a gleam in his eye: “Getting more than 750 hp under control on the snow is a special challenge, even for me. It’s not something I do every day.”

Pagani and Bosch
Pagani relies on Bosch for the driving safety and braking control systems used on its Huayra and Huayra BC vehicles. “The philosophy of our vehicles is a combination between art and science, technology and design, performance and uncompromising safety. Bosch Engineering has been our partner for a number of years now in this endeavor,” says Horacio Pagani, founder of Italian hypercar manufacturer Pagani Automobili. Although the ABS and ESP® hardware come from Bosch’s mass-production automotive portfolio, it is Bosch Engineering GmbH, a subsidiary of the supplier of technology and services, that is responsible for the custom adaptation of the software. Bosch Engineering employs more than 2,000 engineers whose expertise extends to every aspect of their field – except off-the-shelf solutions. As they have already done with the Huayra and the Zonda, the company is using the Pagani Huayra BC to showcase its ability to tailor and configure both software and electronics to meet vehicle-specific requirements. Because in order to perform ideally in all situations, the ABS and ESP® systems require extremely precise software calibration to accommodate both the performance characteristics of a hypercar as well as the particularities of summer and winter road conditions. “This is the only way in which we can exploit the entire safety potential of the software while creating the dynamic handling particular to this brand. We understand Pagani’s requirements in this regard, and are developing a tailor-made software accordingly,” says Bernhard Bihr, president of Bosch Engineering Group.

Testing day in northern Sweden
For Jauregui and his colleagues, the days in northern Sweden begin early while it is still dark outside. Although sunrise is still a few hours away, large floodlights already illuminate the various road course modules both over land and over parts of the huge frozen lake. “First we test the ABS on a roadway surface that is iced over on one side. Later on we see how the car handles on a testing course located on the frozen lake,” native Argentinean who works for Bosch Engineering for more than 10 years explains. An electronic stability program, for instance, contains over 3,000 parameters in its software that affect the system’s reactions. “The greatest challenge for us is making all of the vehicle’s power and handling controllable and safe, even in critical situations, without losing sight of performance.” Jauregui’s most important ally in this task is Jakob Hellkvist, who is an “icemaker”. Working morning, noon, and night, his job is to prepare the road courses, making sure that the driving surface conditions on land and on the lake are always the same. Several times a day, he sprays the roadways and course modules with water and then smooth them out, after which he will use specialized equipment to give the ice surfaces exactly the right amount of friction. All of this ensures that even the smallest changes in handling behavior can be analyzed following software adjustments, and that these changes are not the result of variations in driving surface conditions. “For us the reproducibility and comparability of measurement data is very important. We want to be able to measure how the handling will change when we adjust one of the parameters. When the road surface is always the same, we can eliminate it as a factor,” Jauregui explains. His laptop is mounted above the center console of the vehicle. After every test drive, he checks the measurement values, stores data, enters new command combinations into the computer, and then starts driving again. He will keep doing so until this symbiosis of safety and performance of Pagani’s Huayra BC is perfect, even on ice and snow.

Winter testing in northern Sweden
Bosch conducts winter testing on its state-of-the-art driving dynamics control systems at its test center in Vaitoudden near Arjeplog in northern Sweden. This testing allows engineers to ensure that safety systems such as ABS and ESP® will perform as intended in every situation to provide maximum assistance to the driver. The new, expanded testing grounds were officially opened in December 2003 by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The total investment volume totaled 20 million euros.

Bosch and Pagani testing driving safety systems of the Huayra BC in the Arctic Circle
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New office in Tehran Back to the Gulf state: Bosch restarts business in Iran Dynamic economic growth expected for the region

  • First Bosch products sold in 1924
  • Bosch focusing on reestablishing contact with former partners and customers
  • Wide range of solutions for modernizing infrastructure and vehicle fleet
Tehran, Iran/Istanbul, Turkey – The Bosch Group is opening a new regional presence in Tehran, the capital of Iran. By doing so, Bosch intends to tap into one of the most promising growth markets in the Middle East in the years ahead. All business sectors of the supplier of technology and services will operate in Iran. By the end of the year, Bosch will employ around 50 associates there. Through its regional presence, the company is breathing new life into a long-standing connection to Iran. Bosch began selling its products in the country in 1924. “We are delighted to be back in Iran. In our quest to pick up speed quickly, we are benefiting first and foremost from reestablishing contact with former local partners and customers,” says Uwe Raschke, the Bosch board of management member responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The country’s potential is tremendous. We expect to see the Iranian economy grow by just under five percent this year. The medium term is also highly promising.”

More than half of the nearly 80 million inhabitants are under 25 years old and the population is also highly educated. Just over 20 percent of the country’s population lives in the Tehran area, a dynamic economic region with a rapidly developing IT infrastructure. In the years ahead, the Iranian government plans to invest more than 40 billion U.S. dollars in local infrastructure, such as in expanding airports, rail networks, and energy supply. “We can support the country’s modernization process with a wide range of products and solutions, including mechanical engineering applications, solutions for connecting infrastructure and energy and building technology, as well as innovative household appliances and power tools,” Raschke said.

Mobility solutions for growing automotive market
Bosch will also be present in Iran with its wide range of products and solutions from the Mobility Solutions business sector. Bosch sees great potential in Iran’s growing vehicle market: this year, more than one million vehicles are expected to be produced locally, some nine percent more than last year. The country’s outdated fleet also means that the need for investment is high, especially in the commercial-vehicle segment. Many trucks have already been on Iran’s roads for 40 years or more.

Strong growth in the Middle East
In addition to its liaison office in Iran, Bosch has also recently opened a sales office in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city. The activities in Iran and Pakistan as well as in 14 further countries in the Middle East will be coordinated by the regional subsidiary in Turkey. In 2015, the company generated sales of 1.9 billion euros in the region, including Turkey, corresponding to a considerable increase compared to 2014. The company generated sales of nearly 1.5 billion euros in Turkey itself last year and employs 16,600 associates. “Turkey plays a prominent role in our growth strategy in the Middle East,” Raschke said. Within a period of two years (2015 and 2016), the company is investing around half a billion euros, above all in expanding local manufacturing and engineering. Bosch also opened a new regional headquarters in Istanbul in 2015.

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Creative solutions from Lund: Bosch opens innovation incubator in Sweden Software expertise and start-up spirit

  • Bosch strengthens regional presence in Sweden: 50 engineers to start
  • Mutual inspiration and creativity at highly innovative location
  • Cross-domain collaboration enables synergies and lays foundation for new ideas
Lund, Sweden – Bosch is now also developing connected solutions in the Swedish city of Lund. The company's first engineering location in Scandinavia already has 50 Bosch experts on board. They are working on new software and hardware in areas such as vehicle connectivity, automotive security systems, and motorized two-wheelers. In addition, they are developing cross-domain solutions for connecting mobility with, for example, energy and building technology over the IoT. By bringing together development activities for a number of different areas at a single location, Bosch hopes to facilitate mutual inspiration. “We are systematically driving forward the development of connected, cross-domain solutions over the IoT with the aim of making life more secure and convenient,” said Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “To this end, we're focusing on cross-divisional collaboration that enables synergies and creates the basis for new ideas and creative solutions.”

Located some 20 kilometers from Malmö, Lund was not chosen by chance: “Sweden is on the global vanguard when it comes to fields of research including information and communications technology. This is exactly the kind of environment we want for our new engineering center,” Hoheisel said. “We're pinning our hopes on Lund's talented software and IT experts.” Sweden's status as a highly innovative economic power mirrors Bosch's own traditionally strong position in research and development (2015: R&D investment totaling 6.4 billion euros, or 9 percent of sales). The country regularly appears near the top of international innovation rankings. On the World Intellectual Property Organization's Global Innovation Index 2015, for example, it occupies third place.

Concentration of innovative strength and entrepreneurial spirit
Bosch's new engineering center is located on one level of an office building in Lund's Ideon Science Park. There, around 120,000 square meters of floor space serve as a hotbed of innovative strength and entrepreneurship. The approximately 2,700 people employed in the science park include developers working for established companies and start-ups, as well as entrepreneurs. The University of Lund borders the park directly. Incubators and regular conferences foster and create synergies both among different areas of business and with the university. The focus is on the service sector, culture, and the creative industries, as well as start-ups and the internet of things.

In addition to being a university town (around a third of the more than 80,000 inhabitants are university students), Lund is also the birthplace of several major technological advancements for the connected world, including Bluetooth technology and biometric fingerprint scanners. “Thanks to our cross-domain expertise in connectivity, Bosch is extremely well-positioned to benefit from this. Our prospects are excellent for making history one day in Lund as well,” Hoheisel said. Along with expertise in the areas of sensors, software, and services, the company has outstanding hardware competence. In addition, Bosch can connect different domains with each other, such as smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and Industry 4.0. With its own recently-launched IoT cloud, Bosch now also possesses the necessary infrastructure. This offers the company new perspectives not only in its traditional areas of business, but also in completely new fields of activity.

Bosch in Sweden
Bosch has been present in Sweden since 1904. All four Bosch business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – are active in the country. The company employs just under 1,500 associates at five major locations in the country, including two plants. In Mellansel, the Bosch Rexroth subsidiary produces drive and control technology, while in Tranas the Thermotechnology division manufactures heat pumps. In 2015, the company generated domestic sales of some 950 million euros.

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Bosch takes a car to an internet congress re:publica: Bosch turns the connected car into a personal assistant

  • Automated driving opens up new interaction and communication possibilities for drivers
  • Interface concept takes an integrated approach; large-surface monitors offer flexible display options that can be adapted to any situation
  • Connecting car and home enhances safety and convenience
  • Bosch intends to use the show car to initiate a discussion about the future of mobility with the people attending re:publica 2016
Always online, connected with their surroundings, driving themselves: over the next decade, cars and car driving will make huge strides forward. New functions also have repercussions for the design of car interiors. Bosch will be exhibiting a new show car at re:publica 2016, one of the most important events worldwide dedicated to the topics of digital society, in Berlin on May 2-4, 2016. The car presents a vision of what the interiors of future vehicles could possibly look like, how car and driver will soon be able to communicate with each other – and the possibilities that will arise from this. Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner firmly believes that the “car of the future will be a new digital living environment.”

Highly automated driving on the freeway will do more than significantly improve safety and fuel-efficiency. From the cars of the future, drivers will also be able to communicate – including by video conference – with others, such as friends, family, or coworkers. “Alongside the home and the office, the car will become the third living space and a personal assistant,” Denner says. re:publica 2016 is the tenth edition of this event and will provide a platform for discussion of the many and diversified issues related to digital society.

New display and user interfaces
The show car’s human-machine interface follows an integrated approach. It provides the driver with one single interface that supplies information in the interactive form best suited to the given situation. In practical terms, this means that Bosch has replaced the usual front and middle consoles with large-surface monitors. These can display any information flexibly, as required by the given situation. All-round interior lighting completes the display concept. Its color is selected based on the driver’s preference, but the lighting can also warn of potential hazards: if a pedestrian or cyclist is about to cross in front of the vehicle, the interior lighting blinks rapidly to direct the driver’s attention to the left or right side as necessary. This ambient light function is therefore another of the vehicle’s extensive range of safety features, which also include lane-keeping support and emergency brake and traffic jam assists.

Automated driving opens up new possibilities
In the Bosch show car, the driver has access to real-time traffic and weather information, both from the cloud and in social media and communication applications. To ensure that drivers do not endanger others when using these functions, they can be used only during automated driving. Bosch engineers paid special attention to the safe and seamless transfer of this responsibility from the driver to the car and back. In a first step, drivers are informed when highly automated driving is possible. If they want the car to take control, they simply place their thumbs on specific contact points on the left and right sides of the steering wheel for three seconds. If drivers wish to regain control of the vehicle or are about to exit the freeway, they use the same procedure.

It is in automated driving that the strengths of the flexible display concept really come into their own. Images from a video conference, e-mails, or media player then take precedence; a simple swipe is all it takes for drivers to shift back and forth seamlessly between the different displays. Adaptive algorithms adjust the content to the situation and drivers’ habits. Preferences such as seat and mirror positions or preset radio stations can of course be saved as well. Fingerprint identification allows the driver to start the car. At the same time, personal settings are retrieved from the memory.

Connected with the entire world – and with home
Over the internet of things, the vehicle can also connect with other domains, such as the driver’s home. If a visitor rings the doorbell, the car switches on the intercom. A fingerprint sensor in the car allows the driver to open the front door remotely. In this way, a package delivery person can be admitted into a sealed-off foyer, for example. The driver can also confirm receipt of the package by fingerprint. Once again, this cannot happen without automated driving.

Once the vehicle arrives at home, it reconnects with the home security system, allowing the driver to first retrieve images from the home’s exterior cameras before driving onto the property. It is also possible to view the vehicle’s direct surroundings using the on-board cameras. This prevents trespassers hiding behind the car from gaining access to the property. Such features are particularly attractive in countries where security is at a premium. Once the passengers have all exited the car, it then parks itself in the garage – ready for the next drive.

Created in cooperation with the prototype developer EDAG, the show car exhibited at re:publica 2016 features an outer skin consisting of lightweight 3D-printed modules.

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Annual press conference 2016 Following record year, Bosch remains on growth course Services increasingly supplementing product portfolio

  • 2015: record sales of 70.6 billion euros
  • 2015: result from operations soared 24 percent to 4.6 billion euros
  • 2016: sales growth of 3 to 5 percent expected
  • Broad product range is the basis for expanding services business
  • Connected industry: cost savings and sales each totaling one billion euros
  • Career prospects for 14,000 university graduates
Stuttgart and Renningen, Germany – Following a record year in 2015, Bosch wants to continue its growth trend this year. Despite a subdued economic outlook and geopolitical uncertainty, the supplier of technology and services expects its sales to grow between 3 and 5 percent in 2016. Bosch wants to continue growing faster than the company's key markets. If the first quarter's slowdown continues in certain regions and markets, sales growth will be at the lower end of the forecast scale. In the subdued market environment of the first quarter of 2016, Bosch saw a year-on-year sales increase of just under 3 percent, or roughly 4 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects. This growth was achieved despite the very strong nominal growth of the first quarter of 2015. “We plan to grow not only with innovative products, but also with innovative services,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the annual press conference at Bosch's research campus in Renningen. He continued: “We are increasingly using connected services to build on our broad basis in the hardware business.” As it does so, the company benefits not just from its technological diversification, but also from its wide-ranging industry and domain expertise. As Denner explained, “In the future, customers will not only come across Bosch in their cars and kitchens. Connected services will make it a constant companion in many aspects of their daily lives.”

Business year 2015: highs in sales and result
In 2015, Bosch Group sales reached an all-time high of 70.6 billion euros. The full acquisition of two former fifty-fifty joint ventures, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH, pushed sales up by almost 22 billion euros, or 44 percent. Bosch saw strong growth in its operations as well; calculated on a comparable basis, sales grew by 10 percent. After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, the sales increase was 3.8 percent. Aside from the Industrial Technology business sector, all business sectors saw double-digit growth and were able to improve their result in 2015. Similarly, the result for the Bosch Group as a whole improved once again in 2015. The supplier of technology and services recorded 4.6 billion euros in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), which equates to an EBIT margin of 6.5 percent. This means that EBIT from operations increased year on year by some 0.9 billion euros, or 24 percent.

Extraordinary effects had a positive impact on EBIT in 2015, but these were offset by an equivalent amount of extraordinary effects with a negative impact. These extraordinary effects arose from the first-time full consolidation of Automotive Steering and BSH Hausgeräte, impairments, and provisions in conjunction with legal risks. “Our ambition is to develop innovations that actively help shape our markets,” said Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, the CFO and deputy chairman of the board of management. “Our business performance in 2015 shows that this strategy is paying off, and we will continue pursuing it in 2016 as well.” Despite burdens from restructuring and higher investments in securing its future, Bosch aims to keep earnings stable in 2016.

Services to supplement broad hardware basis in the future
Going beyond hardware products for a connected life, Bosch's strategic objectives include service solutions for every aspect of connecting those products on the internet of things. In the connectivity business, the company focuses on the “3S's”: sensors, software, and services. “Services are becoming an integral part of our product business. Every sale of hardware should be followed by the sale of complementary services,” Denner said. When it comes to developing and introducing services for the connected world, Bosch's broad business portfolio offers a particular advantage, as does its competence in software and sensors. Denner went on to say that “Bosch can connect many things across a wide range of domains as no other company can – cars with houses, even entire cities.” Nearly 50 percent of all Bosch electronic product classes are web-enabled. The company plans to gradually expand the existing services business in all four of its business sectors.

Connected industry: cost savings and sales of a billion euros each
In the world of connected industry, also known as Industry 4.0, Bosch benefits first and foremost from the practical experience it gains by applying it in around 250 of its own plants. The company translates this in-house experience into services for third parties. One of these is the Production Performance Manager, which visualizes production data in real time and autonomously initiates maintenance processes. By 2020, Bosch expects connected industry to deliver an aggregate 1 billion euros in cost savings and to generate an additional 1 billion euros in sales. “Bosch's broad footing and its international presence stand it in good stead in connected industry. We can connect large-scale automotive production as well as small-batch mechanical engineering – in Asia, Europe, and the Americas,” Denner said.

Service Solutions: 15 percent annual sales growth
The newly created Bosch Global Service Solutions division is already seeing strong growth. The division's approximately 6,000 associates work on projects such as supporting the business processes of customers in a variety of sectors or processing eCalls on behalf of automakers. In 2015, Global Service Solutions handled more than 120 million customer calls for over 1,000 companies in 30 countries – 30 million more than in 2013. Bosch expects the division's sales to grow by about 15 percent each year.

Smart homes: new smart-home products to debut in fall 2016
Increasing connectivity will make life easier and more convenient in the smart home as well. Bosch launched its Smart Home System at the start of the year, offering a simple and secure solution for smart homes. Further products for the system are to follow over the course of 2016. One of these is a smoke alarm that, besides its usual function, also provides increased security; for instance, when the residents are on vacation. Bosch expects the global market potential of smart homes to reach 10 billion euros as early as 2017. By 2020, some 230 million homes – 15 percent of all households worldwide – will be equipped with smart-home solutions.

Mobility Solutions: one app for car, bicycle, bus, and train
Bosch's portfolio in the Mobility Solutions business sector already extends beyond the car. For example, Bosch is working with several partners on realizing a software-based mobility assistant for intermodal transportation. It offers users in the greater Stuttgart area the ability to plan, reserve, and pay for tickets for various forms of transport, including cars, bicycles, trains, and buses, all via a single app. Similarly, connected parking will also have a strong service component. At present, searching for a parking space in German cities takes an average of ten minutes and accounts for 30 percent of inner-city traffic, Bosch solutions will soon make this a thing of the past. In what is known as “community-based parking,” cars themselves function as sensors. The vehicles identify empty parking spaces on the street as they drive past, and then report these over the internet to Bosch. The company uses this information to generate a real-time map that displays available parking spaces. And thanks to data mining, real-time parking maps can be generated using the sensor data from just 6 percent of all vehicles in rapidly flowing traffic.

Bosch IoT Cloud: integral part of the services business
A core component of Bosch's services business is its own IoT cloud. The Bosch IoT Cloud offers the technological infrastructure necessary for scaling connected solutions. In 2016, some 50 Bosch applications will be running in the company's cloud. Use of the IoT cloud will also be extended to third-party customers as a service starting in 2017. The Bosch IoT Suite forms the software core of the IoT cloud. It is the brain of the connected world, and offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users, and companies. Big data management allows enormous amounts of data to be analyzed in the Suite. Rules for automatic decisions can be stored in the Bosch IoT Suite – such as when patterns of wear and tear should be reported and preventive action taken to service machinery. Bosch and its customers already operate many solutions and projects that are based on this platform. More than five million devices and machines are currently connected via components of the Bosch IoT Suite.

The business year 2015 by region and business sector

Asia Pacific: subdued growth in China
In Asia Pacific – including Africa – the Bosch Group boosted its sales in 2015 by 17 percent to a total of 19.2 billion euros (2.8 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). This was below expectations, the main reason being the subdued pace of economic growth in China and other emerging markets. Bosch sees major potential in Africa over the long term. In 2015, the company continued expanding its activities there, and now has its own branch offices in ten African countries.

Americas: strong year in North America
In North America, Bosch was able to benefit from the region's excellent economic development. Sales here grew by 25 percent to 12.7 billion euros (6.7 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). In South America, on the other hand, the recession in Brazil had a major impact on Bosch's business. Overall, sales in the region fell by 13 percent (3.7 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects).

Europe: good development in western Europe
The Bosch Group's business in Europe developed better than initially forecast, with sales rising by 3.8 percent to 37.3 billion euros in 2015. Sales developed positively in the company's home market of Germany as well, climbing 1.3 percent.

Mobility Solutions: outpacing market growth
The Mobility Solutions business sector was able to achieve a marked increase in its growth and result in 2015. Calculated on a comparable basis, sales rose by some 12 percent to 41.7 billion euros (4.6 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). This means that the sector considerably outperformed global automotive production, which grew by just 2 percent to 92 million units. Margin from operations rose to 8.4 percent.

Industrial Technology: lingering weakness in the mechanical engineering market
The Industrial Technology sector's development reflected the difficult situation in the mechanical engineering market. Overall, sales in this business sector fell by 1.6 percent to 6.6 billion euros (6.5 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). The decline in sales was also reflected in result: Industrial Technology finished 2015 with an operating loss of roughly 100 million euros. In contrast, the Packaging Technology division performed well.

Consumer Goods: double-digit sales growth
Last year was a good one for the Consumer Goods business sector, with 17.1 billion euros in sales. Sales of BSH Hausgeräte, totaling some 12.6 billion euros, were included for the first time. On an operational level as well, both the business with household appliances and the Power Tools division developed well. Calculated on a comparable basis, sales increased by about 10 percent year on year (5.7 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). The sector's margin from operations increased to 7.2 percent.

Energy and Building Technology: strong growth in sales and result
Last year, the Energy and Building Technology business sector achieved a considerably greater increase in sales than in 2014. Sales revenue rose 11 percent to 5.1 billion euros (7.2 percent after adjusting for currency effects). The sector's steady improvement in result was reflected in a margin of 4.4 percent.

Headcount: IT and software specialists wanted
As of December 31, 2015, the Bosch Group employed some 375,000 associates worldwide. Headcount rose last year by 17,600 associates (like-for-like comparison). The largest increases were in central and eastern Europe, Germany, Asia Pacific, and the United States. In the current year, Bosch plans to hire roughly 14,000 university graduates around the world, with software expertise particularly in demand. At the moment, nearly half of all vacancies at Bosch are software-related.

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Electromobility Bosch welcomes the measures announced today by the German federal government to promote electromobility

Bosch, the supplier of technology and services, welcomes the measures announced today by the German federal government designed to promote electromobility. “The measures announced today by the federal government are an important and necessary step toward achieving the ambitious goal of having a million electric vehicles on the road by 2020,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Offering subsidies to car buyers as a limited-time program is reasonable considering the current conditions, he said.

In order to achieve a lasting effect, Denner pointed to the importance of the additional measures, which in particular include a strong infrastructure. Denner believes that the plan to build 15,000 charge spots, which was also announced, is necessary to make electric cars a more practical proposition.

He said that electric cars must also be represented in the used-vehicle market. Government grants in particular could contribute to the creation of a second-hand market by facilitating the gradual replacement of entire fleets with electric vehicles.

The decisive factor for the breakthrough of electromobility remains the vehicles’ purchase price. To reduce this, however, batteries must become cheaper. “Bosch is using its knowledge and considerable financial resources to achieve a breakthrough for electromobility,” Denner said. Last fall, Bosch acquired a U.S. start-up that has developed a disruptive cell technology. Bosch is also working with several Japanese partners on developing a new generation of lithium-ion cells. The company is confident that by 2020, it will be able to double electric cars’ range and halve battery costs.

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Hannover Messe 2016 – Bosch at booth C18 in hall 7 Connected sensors, machinery, and software: Bosch offers Industry 4.0 from a single source Data analysis for greater efficiency and transparency

  • Bosch demonstrates benefits of connected manufacturing
  • Increased productivity, optimized quality control, reduced energy needs
  • TTIP negotiations provide opportunity to shape the digital economy
  • Werner Struth: “Industry 4.0 benefits from free trade”
  • Bosch has operated for 110 years in the U.S., trade fair’s partner country
Hanover/Stuttgart, Germany – Is Industry 4.0 just a buzzword? Far from it. At the Hannover Messe trade fair, Bosch is showing that the connected factory is finally a reality. Machinery, sensors, and software are combined to form a digitally connected factory at the company’s booth. The result is a wide range of benefits across the value chain: greater productivity, quality control in real time, and lower energy needs. “We provide coordinated components and concepts for Industry 4.0 from the same source, thereby enhancing transparency and efficiency in manufacturing. As a result, we create competitive advantages for our customers,” said Bosch board of management member Dr. Werner Struth, whose responsibilities include manufacturing coordination at Bosch’s approximately 250 plants worldwide. The company has successfully implemented more than 100 projects for Industry 4.0. “We are a leading user of Industry 4.0, which means we are intimately familiar with the needs in this field. Our experience also benefits our customers, for whom we are a leading supplier,” Struth said. While hardware and software expertise plus experience are indispensable, they are not enough on their own. “We need open standards. Too many proprietary systems impede the progress of Industry 4.0 moving forward,” Struth added.

Making the case for the swift conclusion of TTIP
In light of the above, Struth made the case for swiftly concluding the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement. “Together with the United States, Europe can actively shape the structures of global commerce. If we miss this opportunity, the weight the EU wields with regard to trade policy could decrease. Industry 4.0 benefits from free trade,” Struth said. TTIP is also a key issue for U.S. President Barack Obama, who opened the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology on April 24. “We need a comprehensive agreement. This is Europe’s opportunity to create an essential framework for the digital economy and for the protection of intellectual property. Otherwise, regions elsewhere could wield greater influence in shaping global commerce through different agreements,” Struth added.

Bosch active for 110 years in the U.S., the trade fair’s partner country
Bosch has operated in the U.S., the trade fair’s partner country, since 1906, and it employs around 17,600 associates there. “In 2015, we invested 340 million euros in the U.S., and we are planning to invest a similar amount in 2016,” Struth said. Bosch is driving connectivity in manufacturing forward in the U.S. as well. The associates at the plant in Anderson, South Carolina, for example, were the first at Bosch to use smartwatches to monitor production.

Quality control: goal of zero defects is getting closer thanks to connectivity
With an exhibition titled “Industry 4.0 live at Bosch,” Bosch is demonstrating how manufacturing can be connected along the value stream and across company boundaries from April 25–29 in Hannover. One example is the continuous quality control of safety-critical screw connections, such as those in the automotive industry. The connected Nexo cordless nutrunner from Bosch records the torque during the screw-tightening process, among other things, and transmits this data to the Process Quality Manager software. The software recognizes in real time whether the screw-tightening process was carried out correctly. Deviations are immediately apparent, and the appropriate experts are notified directly. The data generated by the cordless nutrunner can be shown on the ActiveCockpit, which is an oversized display in the production hall. Thanks to the clear charts and diagrams, associates are informed in real time of the current production progress.

Sensors improve logistics through information in real time
Information provided in real time also helps to improve logistics. The sensor solution known as “TraQ” (for “track quality”) monitors supply chains. To this end, sensors in the packaging or on the product itself record quality-relevant information during transport – such as temperature, vibration, light, and humidity levels – and send it to the Bosch IoT Cloud. A Bosch software application in the cloud compares the readings from the sensors with permitted levels. If there is a deviation from one of these, customers, suppliers, and service providers are notified and alerted in real time. This benefits the transport of sensitive goods, such as semiconductors and delicate laser technology. The connected transport box detects vibrations that are too strong and reports them to the owners and insurance companies. As a result, it is possible to directly determine the point at which the damage occurred and what caused it. If the delivery of machine parts is delayed, the customer can still make other arrangements. The benefit: timely notification minimizes costly downstream consequences, such as production stoppages, in case of damage to goods.

Data analysis boosts competitiveness
Data from connected manufacturing harbors valuable information. Used correctly, it can optimize production processes and ensure greater competitiveness. Bosch’s Manufacturing Analytics Tools & Services software provides support in this matter. It analyzes the data defined by the customer using algorithms specially designed for production. The intelligently analyzed and prepared information helps with predictive machinery maintenance, among other things. Predictive maintenance prevents unplanned manufacturing downtime.

Intelligently connected workstation ensures faster familiarization
Bosch also boosts productivity in industrial manufacturing with its APAS family. The production assistants are easy to program and can be used flexibly. The new APAS workstation is now joining the family as its latest member. The intelligently connected workstation combines a work surface, a collaborative robotic arm, and a monitor that displays work instructions. Thanks to sensitive sensor skin, the robotic arm immediately stops whenever someone gets too close. People and machines can therefore work together without a protective barrier. As a result, the system creates new possibilities for teamwork between machines and associates. The employers’ liability insurance association has certified the APAS as safe for direct collaboration with people.

Bosch’s two-pronged strategy: leading user and leading supplier
Through its solutions presented in Hannover, Bosch is demonstrating its two-pronged strategy for Industry 4.0. The first part of the strategy is to be a leading user of connected technology. The second part is to offer customers many different solutions in this field. “Our dual role as a leading supplier and leading user gives us an edge over the competition. We apply our experience to the products and services for customers. Throughout it all, our focus is on people. A wide variety of data analysis tools, algorithms, and software support people better than ever before,” Struth said. This is how Industry 4.0 is helping to ensure that companies are able to compete effectively.

Struth: “The digital economy needs open standards”
Struth issued a word of warning against a large number of siloed solutions that undermine the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0: “Only a truly global approach that knows no company or national borders will allow connected industry to develop to its full potential unimpeded by various sets of technical regulations. That is why we are a proponent of open standards, as it is the only way to allow equipment and software made by different manufacturers to easily connect to each other across companies and countries. Standardization is essential to a smoothly functioning digital economy, both nationally and internationally.” To date, the lack of a common language has, in many cases, hindered the smooth international coordination of manufacturing, logistics, and building and energy management.

Struth therefore welcomed the recently agreed partnership between the German Industry 4.0 platform and the international Industrial Internet Consortium. Both organizations coordinate their reference architecture (RAMI4.0 in the case of the Industry 4.0 platform, IIRA in the case of the IIC) with each other – and thus their technical bases. As a global company, Bosch is a member of both organizations. This combination of the two approaches allows the exchange of data between central areas of connected industry, including in practice. In Bosch’s Homburg plant, a number of connectivity solutions are now combined to manage and optimize manufacturing so that it avoids consuming electricity at particularly expensive peak times. This reduces manufacturing costs and increases competitiveness, while protecting the environment at the same time.

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2) Presentations by Bosch experts
Presentations by Bosch experts at Hannover Messe in the forum entitled “Industrial IT meets the industrial internet – HANNOVER MESSE 2016” staged by ZVEI e.V., VDMA e.V., Plattform Industrie 4.0, and the Industrial Internet Consortium (hall 8, D19):

April 26, 2 p.m.
News on the reference architecture model Industry 4.0 (RAMI4.0),
Martin Hankel, Bosch Rexroth

April 28, 12 p.m.
From hype to reality – Industry 4.0 @ Bosch,
Dr. Stefan Aßmann, Bosch

April 29, 1 p.m.
Driving interoperability in the industrial internet,
Dirk Slama, Bosch; Richard Soley, IIC

3) Details about Industry 4.0 at Bosch4) Additional Bosch booths
Hall 17, booth B38: Bosch Rexroth
Hall 17, booth D04: Connected Shopfloor Solutions with APAS

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Motorcycle technology business is booming Bosch aims to achieve sales of one billion euros in motorcycle market Driven by solutions for more efficiency and safety

  • Bosch board of management member Hoheisel: “In 2020, we want to achieve sales of one billion euros in motorcycle technology.”
  • Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit has tripled its workforce in under a year.
  • Bosch side view assist is the first assistance system for motorcycles.
  • More than 160 million motorized two-wheelers will be built worldwide in 2021.
  • Since 1995, Bosch has manufactured more than two million motorcycle ABS units.
Yokohama, Japan and Stuttgart, Germany – The Bosch Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit continues to gain momentum in the global motorcycle market. Since the business unit was founded in Japan in April 2015, sales of motorcycle technology have risen by more than 20 percent. By comparison, production volumes for motorized two-wheelers have grown by less than 5 percent over the same period. This success is built on a broad product portfolio: The Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit is the leading supplier of motorcycle safety technology; its side view assist is the world’s first assistance system for motorcycles. In addition, the business unit supplies efficient injection technology as well as smart connectivity solutions and modern display instruments. Around the world, the unit’s 130 associates – three times as many as a year ago – can draw on a worldwide network of several thousand engineers, as well as on the manufacturing capacity of the Mobility Solutions business sector. The unit is well positioned for the future. “In 2020, we want to achieve sales of one billion euros in motorcycle technology,” says the Bosch management board member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel. In the future, Bosch will generate more than half these sales in Asia.

Almost 90 percent of all motorcycles are produced in Asia
Studies indicate that by 2021, the annual global production of two-wheelers should surpass 160 million – roughly one-third more than today. Almost 90 percent of these will be built in China, India, and southeast Asia. They will predominantly be mopeds with up to 250 cc displacement – the most common form of transport across much of Asia. “In emerging markets, motorized two-wheelers are often the least expensive way to get around,” Hoheisel says. At the same time, these vehicles also face the challenge posed by stricter emissions legislation. In Asia, many two-wheelers with internal-combustion engines are still equipped with outdated carburetor technology. In contrast, Bosch offers its electronically controlled fuel-injection system, which can reduce fuel consumption by up to 16 percent depending on the situation. This is Bosch’s contribution to reducing emissions in countries such as India.

Desire for efficiency and safety as a boost for business
Along with a requirement for more efficiency, demand for increased motorcycle safety is growing in emerging markets. In Thailand and Indonesia, for example, some 21,000 people die in motorcycle accidents each year. ABS can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents that result in casualties. The antilock braking system stops the wheels from locking up, which means the rider remains in control of the motorcycle while braking. This enables riders to react more quickly and without fear in a dangerous situation. Worldwide, more and more countries are promoting motorcycle ABS. Throughout the EU, all newly sold motorized two-wheelers with more than 125 cc displacement must be fitted with an antilock braking system as of 2017. Starting in October 2018, Japan will be mandating ABS for new type approvals for motorcycles with more than 125 cc. Brazil and Taiwan, too, have already passed laws mandating ABS in the future. The issue is also on the political agenda in India and the United States.

A product for each market: from ABS to side view assist
Since 1995, Bosch has manufactured more than two million motorcycle ABS units. This year the company is releasing ABS 10, a variant that is designed specifically to meet the requirements of emerging markets. With its compact dimensions and weighing just 450 grams, this system is easier for manufacturers to integrate into mopeds for price-sensitive customers. “Safety cannot be a question of cost. We are bringing our ABS technology to all classes and markets,” Hoheisel says. For high-performance motorbikes, demand for which is strongest in Europe, Japan, and North America, Bosch developed MSC motorcycle stability control – a kind of ESP for motorcycles – in 2013. By monitoring two-wheeler parameters such as lean angle, the system can instantaneously adjust its electronic braking and acceleration interventions to suit the riding status. This prevents the bike from lowsiding or righting itself when braking in bends. But development doesn’t stop there: with side view assist, Bosch has launched the world’s first assistance system for motorized two-wheelers. When changing lanes, the assistant uses ultrasonic sensors to check for danger in the areas on either side of the bike – areas which are hard for the rider to see.

Connected motorcycles are even safer
The future of the motorcycle is not only safe and clean but also connected. Bosch has two motorcycle connectivity solutions in its portfolio. First, the ICC integrated connectivity cluster is a rider information system that connects motorcycles and smartphones and can be used to operate apps. Second, Bosch uses its CCU connectivity control unit to connect motorcycles with the cloud. This makes it possible to implement functions such as eCall, the automatic emergency call service. If the motorcycle is involved in an accident, eCall automatically places an emergency call, ensuring help arrives more quickly. eCall is not yet mandatory for motorcycles in the EU, but from April 2018 it will be mandatory for all new type approvals for cars and light trucks up to 3.5 metric tons. The CCU can also provide riders with useful information on issues such as potential danger spots on the roads and can help track down a stolen motorbike.

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Driver’s cab of the future Bosch at bauma 2016: bringing intelligence to tomorrow’s construction machinery

  • Megatrends: automation, electrification, connectivity
  • Driver’s cab of the future: all data on the central tablet display at the swipe of a finger
  • Bosch as a systems supplier: integrated solutions for every commercial vehicle
Time is money! Nowhere is this truer than on construction sites. Maneuvering around the site, unexpected delays caused by excavator and wheel-loader accidents or breakdowns – all this costs time and hence also money. “We take a machine that weighs several tons and maneuver it with millimeter accuracy, eight hours a day. Even the tiniest detail has to be right,” says the wheel-loader operator Roland Ehrensberger. That is why, at this year’s bauma trade show, Bosch is presenting a driver’s cab developed especially for construction machinery. At this driver workplace of the future, vehicle operating data can be analyzed to the nearest second on a tablet display. And that is not all: ultrasonic and video sensors monitor the vehicle’s surroundings more thoroughly than any rear-view mirror, which prevents downtimes due to accidents. These surround sensors are an important step in the process of giving construction vehicles more intelligence, and so making them even safer. “Bosch is turning construction machinery into technology showpieces,” says Johannes-Jörg Rüger, president of Bosch’s newly founded Commercial Vehicle & Off-Road unit. “The megatrends of automation, electrification, and connectivity don’t stop at the gates of construction sites or mines.” In the future, construction machinery will automatically carry out certain tasks, with drivers scheduling tasks at the connected interface in their cab.

Bosch is presenting systems solutions for construction machinery for the first time at bauma 2016. At the start of the year, the supplier of technology and services set up a unit specifically for this field. “As a systems supplier, we want to offer everyone the solution they need,” Rüger says. The unit’s portfolio comprises all the Bosch products and services that are relevant for construction machinery: “Modern sensor systems, cameras, and display technology improve the driver’s workplace, as well as increasing safety and hence also productivity,” explains Andrew Allen, head of the unit’s Construction business.

Bosch also participating in joint Genius CAB project
Bosch has worked with partners to integrate its products into a futuristic driver’s cab. The newly founded Cab Concept Cluster project brings together a network of renowned suppliers, the Technische Universität Dresden, and VDBUM, the German association for construction, environmental, and machine technology. The project’s aim is to demonstrate to manufacturers of construction machinery, agricultural machinery, and industrial forklifts how much potential there is for efficient system integration. This concept has already notched up its first success: the Genius CAB driver’s cab won the bauma innovation award in the Design category.

Which individual components go into the Bosch driver’s cab?
The body computer is the central element in the electronic concept. It reduces the number of electrical connections, relays, and fuses. This not only saves on material but also makes circuits less complex, which in turn greatly reduces error rates. The body computer’s programming can be customized to suit each customer’s applications. In the Genius CAB, the body computer performs central control of the sensor and actuator systems via CAN (J1939), LIN, or directly.

The Bosch direct wiper drive adjusts effortlessly to the prevailing weather conditions – whether snow, showers, or hard rain. What is more, the wiper drive can be flexibly adjusted to fit different cabs.

Bosch side-view mirror replacement displays give drivers a digital look over their shoulder. Integrating the displays into the vehicle interior means there is no need for side-view mirrors. Particularly in the working environment of a construction site, reducing blind spots significantly increases workplace safety.

An ultrasonic sensor system can monitor the environment when human eyesight is not enough – when visibility is poor, for example, or even at night. These sensors give drivers unobstructed all-round vision, which further heightens operating safety. The display shows drivers any obstacles, so they can react accordingly. Measurement ranges can be defined individually for each sensor.

The central user interface in the Genius CAB is the DI4-mid display and terminal, which can be operated using buttons or via the touchscreen. With a 7-inch display, the DI4 is a universally applicable control system that is freely programmable using the Codesys V3.5 development environment.

Another interface is the 4THE5 joystick. In excavators, this controls functions such as shovel movements. At the same time, the joystick is an important interface to the DI4-mid terminal, since its push buttons can be used to activate terminal functions including the windshield wipers, side-view mirror replacement system, and cab lighting.

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The future of parking Bosch looks to shake up the market with revolutionary ideas

  • Bosch simplifies the search for parking and automates the parking process
  • Bosch board of management member Hoheisel: “The mobility of the future starts today – with smart parking”
  • Bosch sales in driver assistance to grow to over one billion euros in 2016
  • Some 2,500 Bosch engineers are working on automated driving and parking
Stuttgart – Bosch is tapping a whole new market by offering parking technologies and services. In doing so, the supplier of technology and services takes a standardized approach: Bosch is simplifying the search for parking spaces and is gradually automating the parking process. “The mobility of the future starts today – with smart parking,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, commenting on the technology’s significance. Potential customers for Bosch parking solutions include vehicle manufacturers and parking garage operators as well as cities and communities around the globe. The company has already made major achievements in this area, especially with its systems for automated parking and driving; this progress is also moving Bosch toward an important milestone this year. “In 2016, our sales in driver assistance will exceed one billion euros,” says Hoheisel. Worldwide, almost 2,500 Bosch engineers – some 500 more than last year – are working to further develop driver assistance systems and automated driving.

Half of all new cars come with a parking assistance system
As part of the move toward fully automated parking, over the next few years Bosch plans to launch a host of parking assistance systems. These systems help drivers park accident-free, or even completely guide them into a space at the touch of a button. In Germany, parking assistance systems are the most common assistants in today’s cars. According to a Bosch evaluation of the 2014 vehicle registration statistics, of the nearly three million cars that were registered that year, half of them (52 percent) feature just such a system. The picture is fairly similar in other countries: in Belgium and the Netherlands, half of all new cars in 2014 (50 percent) came equipped with a parking assistant. In the U.K., the figure is 19 percent. These systems are mainly based on ultrasonic sensors, which Bosch has been making since 1993. Bosch has been making the ultrasonic sensors critical to these systems since 1993.

Bosch services relieve drivers of the search for parking
For Bosch, automated parking begins in the vehicle – but it goes much further than that. “In offering intelligent services, Bosch also takes on the often arduous task of looking for available parking, thereby saving time and reducing stress,” Hoheisel says. In Germany, it takes an average of ten minutes to find a parking space. Bosch shortens this search in two ways: one, special occupancy sensors in parking lots or garages detect and report empty spaces. Two, Bosch uses the sensors that are becoming standard in an increasing number of vehicles and employs them in the search for curbside parking. The information is processed in the Bosch IoT Cloud to generate digital maps of parking spaces. Drivers can access the maps, for instance online or via their vehicle’s navigation system, and let themselves be guided directly to areas with free parking spaces. “Having cars drive directly to available parking spaces will also mean a reduction in pollution,” Hoheisel points out. On average, drivers in Germany today clock up as many as 4.5 kilometers in unnecessary driving each time they look for parking.

In the future, a night out at a concert no longer starts in a parking garage
“Parking as we know it today won’t exist in the future,” Hoheisel says. Even before the end of this decade, cars will drive themselves to a space in a parking garage, thanks to Bosch technology. Drivers will simply leave their car in a handover zone outside a parking garage and instruct it by smartphone, for example, to search for a parking space. When ready to leave, they call the car back to the drop-off point in the same way. “Going to a concert no longer means starting and ending your evening in a drafty parking garage,” Hoheisel says. This innovation is made possible by smart Bosch technology present in the vehicle and parking garage as well as the communication between the two. “Fully automated parking will be ready for production before fully automated driving,” Hoheisel says. Another reason parking will be realized first is that the legal hurdles for introducing fully automatic parking are easier to surmount, especially with regard to vehicle registration requirements. The necessary adjustments to regulatory law, which in Germany is in part aligned with the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, are on political agendas around the world.

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Sino-German exchange German foreign minister Steinmeier visits Bosch plant in China

  • Steinmeier: “Bosch’s commitment essential for lasting business relations between Germany and China”
  • “Made in China 2025” initiative offers opportunities for Industry 4.0 in China
  • China important market for the Bosch Group
Changsha, China – On April 9, 2016, the German foreign minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Bosch plant in the central Chinese city of Changsha. The focus of the visit was on Industry 4.0. The minister gained insights into the company’s intelligent manufacturing activities in the country. “In order to expand business relations between China and Germany over the long term, we need to increase the level of local value added. By using connectivity to drive manufacturing forward, Bosch is making an essential contribution to this,” Steinmeier said on his visit to the company.

“We are very pleased that the foreign minister chose to visit our plant in Changsha,” said Henri Catenos, a member of the executive management of Bosch in China.

Increased competitiveness in China thanks to Industry 4.0
In Changsha, Bosch manufactures products for the Mobility Solutions business sector, including components for ABS and ESP vehicle safety systems. The plant is home to one of the more than 100 pilot projects Bosch is running worldwide in the area of connected industry. The manufacturing of automotive components has been made faster and more efficient with connected solutions. For logistics and inventory, for example, RFID (radio frequency identification) tags monitor workpieces’ progress through the factory by identifying the position of transport crates. The tags enable precise details to be known about the process steps each piece undergoes and when the components will be ready. This information can then be used as the basis for drawing up a schedule for packaging, shipping, and installation. Through the use of RFID, the time needed for inventory has already been cut by 97 percent, or 440 man-hours, at the Bosch plant in Suzhou.

When it comes to Industry 4.0, Bosch is not only a leading user, but also a leading provider – offering a wide spectrum of solutions in the areas of drive and automation technology as well as sensors and software. The company sees tremendous potential for connected manufacturing in China as well. “We expect that the use of intelligent and connected solutions in manufacturing will play an increasingly important role in China. The ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative recently announced by the Chinese government has exactly this as its aim. Bosch is very well positioned to participate in this transformation and drive it forward,” Henri Catenos said.

China an important market for the Bosch Group
The leading global supplier of technology and services has been active in China since 1909. Today it is strongly represented in the country at more than 60 locations with all of its four business sectors. With sales of 6.4 billion euros (2014), China is a significant market for Bosch – as well as an important local production and engineering hub. Bosch’s business in China also developed positively in 2015, despite a less dynamic growth of the local economy. With over 55,000 associates, China now has the company’s second-largest workforce after Germany.

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Changes in the composition of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG and the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH

  • Bridge-builder for Bosch: Tilman Todenhöfer steps down from supervisory board and Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand
  • Also stepping down: Prof. Olaf Kübler and Dr. Michael Otto
  • New to Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand: Prof. Renate Köcher and Prof. Lino Guzzella
  • New to the supervisory board: Prof. Elgar Fleisch and Prof. Michael Kaschke
  • New managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand: Dr. Wolfgang Malchow
Stuttgart, Germany – There have been several changes in the composition of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK) and of the Robert Bosch GmbH supervisory board. After having reached the mandatory retirement age, Tilman Todenhöfer (72) and Prof. Olaf Kübler (73) have stepped down from both bodies. Dr. Michael Otto (72) is also leaving the RBIK for age reasons. Effective April 8, 2016, the vacant places in the RBIK will be taken by Prof. Renate Köcher (63) and Prof. Lino Guzzella (58). Effective April 9, 2016, Prof. Elgar Fleisch (48) and Prof. Michael Kaschke (58) have been newly appointed to the supervisory board.

Tilman Todenhöfer: bridge-builder and diplomat
Todenhöfer served the Bosch Group for some 40 years in all. Franz Fehrenbach, chairman of the shareholders’ meeting and of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH, paid tribute to Todenhöfer’s successful career: “Tilman Todenhöfer was an important bridge-builder, both within the company and on its behalf. At the start of the 1990s, he used his great diplomatic and interpersonal skills to forge a settlement between the two parties to the wage disputes of those years.” Todenhöfer’s time as director of industrial relations at Bosch was above all one in which far-reaching changes in working-time policy were made at engineering and manufacturing locations.

“Many employer representatives are aware of the different interests in negotiations. But only few know how to consider the positions of both sides and reach fair compromises. Tilman Todenhöfer was one of the few,” said Alfred Löckle, deputy chairman of the supervisory board and chairman of the central and combined works councils of Robert Bosch GmbH. “The industrial relations of the 1990s and the first decade of our millennium bear the stamp of Tilman Todenhöfer. They secured Germany’s competitiveness as an industrial location,” Fehrenbach added. It was also during this period that the company pension scheme was restructured. With the capital benefit plan (1998) and the Bosch pensions fund (2002), Bosch was the first industrial enterprise in Germany to provide a capital-based pension scheme for its associates.

Todenhöfer also played an active role in politics and society. At the end of the 1990s, he was a strong advocate of the German industry initiative to compensate people employed as forced laborers by the National Socialist regime. In the summer of 2000, Bosch was one of the founding members of the “Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future” foundation. In 2008, Todenhöfer was co-initiator of “Afrika kommt!”, an initiative of German industry for future leaders from subsaharan Africa. Summing up the debt the company owes to Todenhöfer, Fehrenbach said: “Associates, the shareholders, and the supervisory board would like to thank Tilman Todenhöfer for his extraordinary dedication and the many ways he has served the company over the past 40 years.”

Todenhöfer was appointed to the Bosch management board in 1993, becoming director of industrial relations in the same year. A qualified lawyer, he joined the RBIK in 1996. From 1999 to 2003, he was deputy chairman of the board of management. From mid-2003, he was one of the two managing partners of the RBIK. He was a member of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH from 2004.

Collaboration in a spirit of trust: Fehrenbach thanks Otto and Kübler
Fehrenbach also thanked Otto and Kübler for their contributions over the past several years. “At a very early stage, Michael Otto showed that successful entrepreneurship and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, but mutually beneficial. With this fundamental conviction, he played a significant role in the successful evolution of the Bosch Group.” The chairman of the Otto Group supervisory board, Otto joined the RBIK in 2005.

Speaking of Kübler, Fehrenbach said: “With his scientific knowledge and expertise in areas such as image processing, artificial intelligence, and robotics, Olaf Kübler provided important stimuli for the innovations developed at Bosch.” The former director of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich has been a member of the supervisory board and the RBIK since 2007.

Successors in the RBIK and on the supervisory board
Prof. Renate Köcher, the managing director of the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research, has been made a limited partner of the RBIK. The economist has been a member of the Robert Bosch GmbH supervisory board since 2012. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Robert Bosch Stiftung. Prof. Lino Guzzella, the president of ETH Zurich, has also been made a limited partner. Tilman Todenhöfer’s successor as managing partner of the RBIK will be Dr. Wolfgang Malchow. The former director of industrial relations and management board member of Robert Bosch GmbH has been a limited partner of the RBIK since July 2014. Since early 2012, he has been a member of the Robert Bosch GmbH supervisory board.

Prof. Elgar Fleisch has been newly appointed to the supervisory board. A business information technology graduate, he is a full professor of information and technology management at the University of St. Gallen and a professor of innovation management in ETH Zurich’s Department of Management, Technology, and Economics. At the University of St. Gallen, Prof. Fleisch also runs the Bosch IoT Lab, which researches business models for the internet of things. Joining him as a new member of the supervisory board is Prof. Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. Kaschke, who has a PhD in physics, is an honorary professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s faculty for electronics and information science. Among other things, he is a member of the U.S. Board of the Presiding Committee of the BDI (Confederation of German Industry) and of the German government’s Council of Science and Humanities.

About Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG
RBIK carries out the entrepreneurial ownership functions at Robert Bosch GmbH. The role of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand (industrial trust) is the result of the distinctive corporate constitution of Robert Bosch GmbH. It came into force in 1964, and safeguards the lifework of the company founder Robert Bosch (1861 to 1942). According to this constitution, a total of 92% of the shares in Robert Bosch GmbH are held by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a charitable foundation. The Bosch family holds a strong seven percent of the share capital, while the remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and the RBIK. With the voting rights, the situation is different: RBIK has 93 percent of the voting rights, with the Bosch family holding the rest.

With Prof. Renate Köcher and Prof. Lino Guzzella, the RBIK comprises ten shareholders. The two managing partners are Franz Fehrenbach and Dr. Wolfgang Malchow. The other shareholders are Dr. Christof Bosch, representing the Bosch family, Dr. Siegfried Dais, former deputy chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht, chairman of the directors of BASF SE, Prof. Lars G. Josefsson, former president and CEO of Vattenfall AG, and Urs Rinderknecht, former chief executive of the Swiss bank UBS.

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New Bosch brand identity From innovation to fascination: more emotionality for the brand Corporate design as an expression of digital transformation

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “Our new corporate design gives expression to digital transformation in the company.”
  • Developed for the demands of digital media
  • More flexibility and freedom for creativity
Stuttgart, Germany – Vibrant, diverse, dynamic: with its new brand identity, Bosch is underlining the company’s digital transformation to a provider of solutions for connected living. “With connected solutions, we want to help improve quality of life and conserve resources. Our new brand identity follows this example. Its design reflects the diversity and individuality of life and our products,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, explaining the background of the new brand identity. The new corporate design pushes the emotional aspects of the brand to the fore with more colors and a new language of imagery and form. The red Bosch lettering, the claim “Invented for life,” and the armature in a circle will remain unchanged. “Our company has changed greatly in recent years. The new corporate design gives expression to digital transformation at our company,” Denner adds. The smart home provides more convenience in the home, and the car gets help on its own if there is an accident.

New corporate design makes “Invented for life” tangible
The new corporate design is geared toward the special design requirements of digital media. However, it is also used in printed media, product packaging, and interior design. The simple design system has only very few rigid rules, which gives users creative freedom when putting the corporate design into practice. The new visual worlds show the benefits of “Invented for life” in warm colors. The focus is on the users of technology. “Whenever people come into contact with the brand, we want to make our claim, ‘Invented for life,’ tangible. We do this through images and graphic elements,” says Peter Feldmann, head of brand management and marketing communication at Bosch.

One new graphic element is what is known as the supergraphic. Through straight, overlapping, and curved lines, it symbolizes the Bosch brand promises: quality, global partnership, fascinating products, and responsibility. The supergraphic features the new range of colors. This is based on the colors used within the Bosch group to date: red, blue, light blue, and green. This range has been expanded to include mixed shades of the primary colors, such as fuchsia. A further design element is colored text boxes that can overlap. The overlapping fields stand for the link between people and technology. Summing up the new design, Gregor Schilling, head of corporate design at Bosch, says: “Together, full-screen background images, the supergraphic, and overlapping text boxes result in a lively, distinctive design.”

Bosch will introduce the new corporate design gradually over the next two years.

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World’s leading trade fair Light + Building 2016 Intelligently connected building technology from Bosch For greater comfort, energy efficiency, and security

  • Integrated building management and security systems ensure smooth processes
  • Intelligent energy monitoring cuts costs and reduces CO2 emissions
  • Intuitive smart-home solutions make life more convenient and secure
Stuttgart/Frankfurt am Main – At Light + Building 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology in Frankfurt am Main, Bosch is presenting intelligently connected solutions for commercial buildings and homes. Bosch energy and building technology enhances comfort, safety and security, saves energy, and reduces operating costs. To this end, the supplier of technology and services is focusing on connectivity via the internet of things.

Integrated building management and security systems ensure smooth processes
Intelligently connected Bosch building security systems discreetly ensure smooth processes – and minimize operating and personnel costs. Bosch is presenting its building management system known as BIS (building integration system), which combines all the security systems of a building on one platform: video surveillance, fire-alarm and evacuation systems, intrusion-alarm technology, and access control. Building technology used to open and close barriers, gates, and doors, for example, can also be controlled with BIS. In addition, Bosch is introducing the option of connecting the MAP 5000 (modular alarm platform) intrusion alarm system with the MATRIX access control system. The system ensures greater security and efficiency when it comes to security management. Bosch is also showcasing its new combined public address and voice evacuation system known as PAVIRO. PAVIRO facilitates the swift evacuation of a building, thereby reducing the risk of mass panic breaking out. The company’s EffiLink remote service system ensures fast, cost-effective maintenance, remote diagnostics and parameterization, software updates, troubleshooting, and support from service technicians.

Intelligent energy monitoring cuts costs and reduces CO2 emissions
Intelligently connected Bosch heating, cooling, and ventilation systems provide an ideal indoor climate simply and automatically – enabling up to 30-percent reductions in energy use, costs, and CO2 emissions. With its Energy Platform, Bosch is presenting a monitoring and analysis tool for increasing energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Companies and owners are provided with a comprehensive overview of energy consumers and costs in real time. Intelligent algorithms spot deviations from the target state, send alerts in case of malfunctions or if tolerances are exceeded, provide specific suggestions for solutions, and automatically implement those solutions in part. This creates the basis for further approaches to optimization and an efficient supply of energy in the long term.

Intuitive smart-home solutions make life more convenient and secure
Bosch’s solutions for smart homes make life more convenient and secure, and relieve users of tedious household chores. The Bosch Smart Home System connects devices in the home with the internet as well as with each other – via a single system platform. Users are able to intuitively set up and operate the system, which is modular and expandable. It is also easy to connect compatible devices built by other manufacturers to it. All devices connected with the Bosch Smart Home System can be controlled and monitored from anywhere with an app for smartphones and tablets. Bosch is showcasing its current product portfolio, which includes the Bosch smart home controller, intelligent radiator thermostats, door-window contacts, a smart plug, and lighting solutions from partner Philips Hue. The smart home controller is the central control unit of the Bosch system. It connects the components with the internet and each other. With the help of the window contacts, for example, the system automatically turns down the heating if a window is opened, saving the user time and money.

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Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin Bosch combines “Industrie 4.0” platform and Industrial Internet Consortium standards for the first time International breakthrough for connected industry

  • Werner Struth: “Only a truly global approach will allow Industry 4.0 to develop to its full potential”
  • First combination of German RAMI4.0 and international IIRA industrial internet reference architecture models
  • “Digital twin” of Bosch Homburg plant helps save electricity
Berlin and Stuttgart – Connected industry is now becoming an international reality. In a new project, Bosch is working together with partners to combine the technical standards of Germany’s “Industrie 4.0” platform and of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) for the first time. This combination of the two approaches allows the exchange of data between central areas of connected industry. “Industry 4.0 is not so much a national as an international issue. Only a truly global approach – without competing company standards or differing national regulations – will allow it to develop to its full potential,” said Dr. Werner Struth, a member of the Bosch management board, at the Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin. To date, the lack of a common language has hindered the smooth international coordination of manufacturing, logistics, and building and energy management. “As we head towards connected industry, two worlds are now coming together. This is a major advance. A combination of these two standards paves the way for numerous new cross-border business opportunities for Industry 4.0 solutions, both for Bosch and for other international companies,” Struth said.

Cutting electricity costs with optimized production planning
The international industry conference in Berlin featured a presentation of the project, which brings the two reference architectures – RAMI4.0 and IIRA – together for the first time. In Bosch’s Homburg plant, a number of connectivity solutions are now combined to manage and optimize hydraulic valve manufacturing so that it avoids consuming electricity at particularly expensive peak times. “This prototype demonstrates for the first time how we can get the Industrie 4.0 platform standards and those of the IIC to work together effectively in connected manufacturing,” said Struth, whose responsibilities on the Bosch board of management include the Industrial Technology business sector and the Bosch Production System.

Common standards increase competitiveness
If all the energy-intensive machinery in Bosch’s Homburg plant runs at the same time, this can lead to very high electricity consumption at peak times. The resulting increase in electricity costs pushes up the cost of manufacturing the hydraulic valves. By using software to manage production and hence electricity consumption as effectively as possible, energy demand can be optimized and peak loads reduced by up to ten percent. This reduces manufacturing costs and increases competitiveness, while protecting the environment at the same time. All this is made possible by interaction between the production lines, which are based on the Industrie 4.0 platform, and the energy management system, which uses the IIC standard. The Homburg project involves not just Bosch but also, among others, SAP of Germany, Dassault Systèmes of France, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of India.

Partnership is the key to success
The partners combine their expertise to optimize energy consumption at the plant. Bosch continuously collects data from all the machinery in the plant, generating a stream of information about the electricity consumed in the process of manufacturing the hydraulic valves for agricultural machinery. Dassault Systèmes, a 3D specialist, provides a multidimensional representation of all the plant’s machinery and functions, including heavy power users such as large machine tools and hydraulic test benches. The result is what is known as a “digital twin” of the plant, which visualizes not only production processes but also power consumption. SAP provides application services, the according database records all data and analyzes it in real time, Bosch provides energy management software, and TCS is applying its consultancy expertise to the integration of all these systems. The energy management solution is based on the IIC’s IIRA architecture; energy management connects to the production facilities via the Industrie 4.0 platform’s RAMI4.0 architecture. Because the RAMI and IIRA standards have now been aligned with each other and made compatible, software-based data exchange between the production lines and the energy management system is now possible.

The IIC and Industrie 4.0 platform: helpful cooperation
Henning Banthien, the Industrie 4.0 platform’s administrative director, said: “It’s very good news that the two internationally leading initiatives in the field, the IIC and Industrie 4.0 platform, have agreed to cooperate closely in order to set up shared testbeds and work on common architectures and standards. The complementary nature of their approaches will greatly boost the development of connected industry and the internet of things.” Dr. Richard Soley, executive director of the IIC, added: “The Industrial Internet Consortium and Industrie 4.0 platform have both been working for years to accelerate the adoption of the industrial internet of things, developing considerable expertise in the process. As we jointly announced recently, a number of important factors are coming together to make industrial IoT a reality. The IIC is delighted that this broad spectrum of industry expertise plans to propose its testbed to us, and we look forward to evaluating the proposal.”

Industrie 4.0 platform and the IIC: two approaches, one goal
The Industrie 4.0 platform brings together numerous representatives from the industrial, political, and academic spheres to implement connected manufacturing in Germany. With its international outlook, the IIC takes an even wider approach, addressing industrial production in addition to mechanical and industrial engineering, and including the internet of things in the broader sense. The Industrie 4.0 platform set itself the objective of creating the technical framework for connected manufacturing. The IIC is focused on cross-sector connectivity on the internet of things, for instance in energy and building management. Both have developed their own reference architecture (RAMI4.0 in the case of the Industrie 4.0 platform, IIRA in the case of the IIC). As a global company, Bosch is a member of both organizations.

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Bosch is using Industry 4.0 to increase its competitiveness More than 100 projects worldwide

  • Data mining and RFID increase productivity in ABS/ESP braking-system manufacturing by one-quarter
  • Data mining cuts hydraulic-valve testing time by 18 percent
  • Inventory 97 percent shorter thanks to RFID
Berlin and Stuttgart – Bosch is making its manufacturing connected, with more than 100 projects already successfully running worldwide. Among other benefits, this increases the availability of its machinery – and hence also its productivity and competitiveness. Here are a few selected examples:

One production line, 200 different hydraulic modules
On its multi-product assembly line in Homburg, Germany, Bosch can manufacture 200 different hydraulic modules from more than 2,000 different components. Thanks to connectivity, these components are automatically ordered in time. The modules control the work and driving hydraulics in trucks or tractors, which help do things such as incline loading surfaces or lift a plow. The production line’s nine stations are connected by a smart network. Thanks to an RFID chip attached to the workpiece, the stations know how the finished product has to be assembled and what steps are necessary. This facilitates efficient production, even for small batch sizes. That flexibility is important, since some modules are requested more often than others. What is more, Bosch can produce different types of module simultaneously on the multi-product line. This cuts tooling times on machinery, which increases productivity. The work plans required for assembling the hydraulics components are automatically called up and shown on the monitors as a photo or video. The display is customized to each associate’s level of training, and shown in their native language. The aim is to offer associates the best possible support in their work. This is an example of how Bosch is successfully putting multiple core elements of Industry 4.0 into practice: distributed intelligence, rapid connectivity, contextualization in real time, and autonomous behavior.

Industry 4.0 boosts productivity in ABS/ESP braking-system manufacturing
Award-winning success: in less than one year, Bosch improved its productivity in the manufacture of ABS/ESP braking systems by nearly one-quarter by deploying Industry 4.0 solutions throughout its international manufacturing network. In recognition of this achievement, the Blaichach plant – which spearheaded the initiative – received the prestigious Industry 4.0 Award in 2015. One reason for this productivity increase is that Bosch collects data from the thousands of sensors that are installed along the plant’s production lines. Sensors record the movement of cylinders, the cycle times of grippers, and the temperature and pressure levels in the manufacturing process. This wealth of information is entered into massive databases, with a clear structure. And thanks to RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, Blaichach can also digitally map its internal flows of goods. The result is a computer-generated virtual representation, or “digital twin,” of the actual factory. This digital representation facilitates transparency across the entire value stream. And in turn, this transparency makes many more I4.0 solutions possible.

One of these solutions is applied in machinery maintenance: software analyzes machinery performance to spot deviations from the target state and indicate in good time when maintenance is necessary. The system helps associates detect and deal with errors by offering them instructions on how to carry out these repairs. On their tablets, for instance, associates can call up videos showing them how to replace parts. If they encounter a problem they cannot solve immediately, they can use a wireless video link to speak with experts who then assist in solving the problem remotely. All this reduces unplanned downtimes as well as increasing productivity and hence also competitiveness.

Data mining cuts the time needed to test hydraulic valves
By evaluating manufacturing data from its own facilities, the Bosch plant in Homburg, Germany, has managed to cut the time taken to inspect hydraulic valves by 18 percent. Given the frequently high level of optimization in modern manufacturing, such huge savings represent a major advance. Assuming an annual rate of production of 40,000 valves, the savings add up to 14 days per year. An analysis of the production data relating to 30,000 manufactured hydraulic valves showed that certain subsequent testing steps in the inspection process are unnecessary, provided the results of several earlier steps are positive. The outcome of those subsequent steps can be reliably predicted by analyzing the earlier steps. Pinpointing such correlations – which are generally much more complex than the example given here – saves time and money. When the number of parts runs into the millions, even savings of just a few seconds can soon add up to days, turning a few cents into millions of euros. The search for new correlations (a process called data mining) requires that, over a long period of time, companies collect and appropriately evaluate the data they generate. Bosch has been doing this for many years.

Predictive maintenance of machine tools
One of the items Bosch manufactures at its plants in Stuttgart-Feuerbach (Germany) and Jihlava (Czech Republic) is high-pressure pumps for injection systems. Part of the manufacturing process for the aluminum housing involves precise drilling of holes and milling of other parts. Large machine tools are deployed in the process, whose motorized drive units are referred to as “spindles.” Each spindle weighs some 50-70 kilograms and spins at a rate of 30,000 to 40,000 rpm. Sensors record vibrations in the operation of these spindles, and software stores and evaluates the data. Whenever the system registers that the intensity of vibrations exceeds a set limit, it sends a signal to the service associate in charge. The technician can then decide if and when to replace the spindle. Maintenance becomes easier to plan, machine availability improves, and productivity rises. Continuous monitoring of machine parts such as these spindles is also referred to as “condition monitoring.” Planned servicing is called “predictive maintenance.”

Ultrasound gloves for quality assurance
The Reutlingen plant is involved in electromobility, among other business areas. Manufacture of the necessary power electronics involves many manual activities. To support its associates in this work, Bosch introduced a system that records their hand movements. The system is based on special gloves worn by the associates. Ultrasound technology helps determine the position of these gloves. In turn, this indicates if associates have carried out a hand motion correctly, and which work step is being performed at any given moment. The entire work process is displayed step by step on a screen until it has been completed. This helps improve quality assurance.

Radio signals create transparency in the flow of goods
In many of Bosch’s more than 250 plants worldwide, the company has equipped plastic crates for the internal transport of parts and finished products with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags. RFID readers are positioned at all the doors to the manufacturing shops. When a transport cart goes from one shop to another, the reader registers its tag automatically and without any need for physical contact. The result is a digital map of the flows of goods in that particular plant. At any time, the company can determine when parts will most likely arrive on the production line, when and how many finished products have to be packaged, where a specific part is located, and what the inventory levels are. The system also knows how many packaging boxes are required and can reorder these as needed. RFID technology ensures transparency in the flow of goods, as well as reducing manual effort and keeping inventory levels low. It simultaneously increases reaction speed and productivity. This is how Bosch achieves leaner logistics processes. Thanks to its use of RFID, Bosch was able to boost productivity in its Homburg plant’s intralogistics by ten percent, and reduce storage in production by nearly one-third.

China: RFID cuts inventory time by 97 percent
In the Bosch plant located in the Chinese city of Suzhou, the yearly task of taking machine inventory used to be a major undertaking. Plant 1 has four manufacturing areas, each with up to 2,500 machines, test benches, and items of measuring equipment. For ABS manufacturing alone, the inventory process used to take up to a month in some cases. Sometimes associates printed out lists to help them manually record machine inventory. Now, thanks to smart connectivity, inventory takes just four hours. All the machines and equipment items have been fitted with RFID (radio frequency identification) transponders. This allows objects to be identified without physical contact. Now, associates push RFID trolleys fitted with a laptop and antennas through the manufacturing shop. As they move along, the trolleys use RFID technology to automatically identify machines and devices. It cuts the time needed for inventory by 97 percent, or 440 man-hours.

Transporters with swarm intelligence
Engineers in Bosch’s Nuremberg plant have developed and successfully tested an AutoBod – a driverless, self-navigating transport system equipped with swarm intelligence. The two-wheeler AutoBod, which is equipped with four additional stabilizer wheels, knows when to pick up production materials that have previously been automatically ordered. It then takes these materials to the production line. Using a laser sensor, the system navigates by following a map drawn up during its first drive. It recognizes and evades obstacles, then wirelessly transmits information about them to the other AutoBods. This collective behavior relies on data about the location, electric drive charge level, and maintenance status of the various transporters. This means requests are routed to the AutoBod that is closest to the pick-up point, that is not already busy with another request, and that has enough battery charge. This kind of intelligence sets the AutoBod apart from other driverless transport systems, which are incapable of deviating from their programmed route. In contrast to conventional driverless transport systems, AutoBods do not require the installation of expensive in-plant infrastructure. The deployment of AutoBods reduces the time and effort spent on transport, frees up space, and considerably decreases inventory.

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Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin The internet of things from a single source: Bosch launches cloud for its IoT services Computing center located in Germany

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “The Bosch IoT Cloud is a major milestone”
  • Key features are privacy and data security
  • Bosch IoT Cloud improves Germany’s innovative strength
  • Software expertise and IT infrastructure are significant competitive advantages
Berlin and Stuttgart – Bosch is launching its own cloud for web-based services. In the Bosch IoT Cloud, the international supplier of technology services runs various applications for its connected mobility, connected industries, and connected buildings businesses. The first cloud is located in Germany. “As of today, we offer all the ace cards for the connected world from a single source. The Bosch IoT Cloud is the final piece of the puzzle that completes our software expertise. We are now a full service provider for connectivity and the internet of things,” said Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner at the Bosch ConnectedWorld conference in Berlin on Wednesday. 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. “A major factor in the success of connected solutions is their scalability. Business models must be able to grow quickly when necessary. The Bosch IoT Cloud means Bosch now has the relevant infrastructure. We see this as a major milestone for Bosch,” said Denner, who is also responsible for research and advance engineering on the Bosch board of management. The Bosch IoT Cloud comprises technical infrastructure as well as platform and software offerings. To begin with, the supplier of technology and services will use it for in-house solutions. From 2017, it will also be made available as a service to other companies.

Cloud located in Germany
Denner stressed that it was a conscious decision to locate the cloud in Germany. “Many companies and consumers state that security concerns keep them from using cloud technologies and connectivity solutions. The Bosch IoT Cloud is the answer to those concerns.” Bosch operates its IoT cloud in its own computing center near Stuttgart. As Denner explained, “Consumers want to know whether their data are protected and secure. For this reason, the security we offer our customers is always state of the art.” The fundamental legal framework for this is German and European data-security regulations. As Denner explained, “The fact that the Bosch IoT Cloud is located in Germany gives it a competitive edge. Our cloud is a competitive advantage for Germany’s status as a seat of innovation.”

The brain of the connected world: the Bosch IoT Suite
The software core of the Bosch IoT Cloud is the company’s own IoT Suite. It identifies any objects that are web-enabled, orchestrates the exchange of data, and enables a multitude of services and business models. Big data management allows enormous amounts of data to be analyzed. “The Bosch IoT Suite is the brain of the connected world. It offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users, and companies,” Denner said. Rules for automatic decisions can be stored in the Bosch IoT Suite – such as when patterns of wear and tear should be reported and preventive action taken to service machinery. Bosch and its customers already operate many solutions and projects that are based on this platform. The Bosch IoT Cloud currently connects more than five million devices and machines.

Bosch IoT competence for the connected world
Speaking to the conference’s 1,000 delegates, Denner stressed that this digital transformation should not be understood as a threat. “Digital transformation and increasing connectivity are huge opportunities for us.” In particular, it offers those companies with a strong industrial base and outstanding hardware expertise the potential not only to develop their traditional businesses but also to enter completely new fields. “The key prerequisite for this is to have in-house software and IT expertise. Bosch has been building these capabilities for many years.”

A wide variety of possibilities and business models
The company has already launched numerous products and solutions for the connected world. The Bosch Smart Home System, for instance, can tell users the current temperature in their home and let them change the setting while they are still on the road. Another solution running in the Bosch IoT Cloud is designed for heating service technicians. It gives them remote access to authorized Bosch heating systems so they can troubleshoot problems in the event of a breakdown. This means they can bring along any required replacement parts to their first – and now only – service visit. Customers benefit from lower service costs.

Sensor data from asparagus fields makes its way into the Bosch IoT Cloud, too. Farmers can improve their harvest and their yield if they know the exact temperature of the ground. The Bosch IoT Cloud also generates an online map of available park-and-ride spaces throughout Stuttgart’s commuter train network. Sensors detect which parking spaces are unoccupied and send this information to the cloud, where it is added to a real-time map that users can call up on their smartphone. Another example is the book-and-park service for truck drivers. Whenever they are looking for a rest area to park in, their truck sends its location data to the Bosch IoT Cloud. This then reserves an available parking space nearby and informs the driver. “These examples show that intelligently connected devices, complemented by services from our IoT Cloud, are the basis of successful IoT business models. Connected solutions improve people’s quality of life and conserve natural resources,” Denner said.


Cloud computing
In cloud computing, data and programs are no longer hosted on computers in homes or offices, but in a cloud computing center instead. The center’s operator is responsible for security and operations, makes the required computing capacity available, and provides the necessary programs, data security, and backups. This relieves customers of many costly and time-consuming tasks. Cloud technology and cloud platforms form the basis for fast, simple scalability of applications.

Bosch ConnectedWorld – where industries meet to discuss implementation
The Bosch ConnectedWorld event is an annual conference on the subject of the internet of things. This year, some 1,000 international experts are meeting in Berlin to talk about current areas of application and new business models. By showcasing successful examples, the conference demonstrates how the vision of the internet of things has become a reality.

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Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin Connectivity helps drivers find parking, optimizes servicing work, and improves asparagus yields Bosch IoT Suite is the basis for new applications

  • Solutions for connected mobility
  • Solutions for connected industry
  • Solutions for the connected home
Berlin and Stuttgart – Bosch has launched its own cloud for its services on the internet of things (IoT) at a computing center of its own in Germany. These IoT applications are created using the Bosch IoT Suite. The suite offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users, and companies. More than five million devices and machines are currently connected via the IoT Suite. Here are some examples of new Bosch solutions and products for the connected world:

1. Solutions for connected mobility

Sensors detect available park-and-ride spaces
Where is the nearest free parking space? A new Bosch system offers an answer to this usually urgent question. Sensors fitted in 15 park-and-ride facilities along Stuttgart’s S2 and S3 commuter train lines can detect whether parking spaces are available or occupied. This data is sent over the web to the Bosch IoT Cloud and fed into an up-to-the-minute map of available parking spaces. This information will be made available through an app and the website of the VVS, Stuttgart’s transportation authority. The system’s main benefit is that it saves people time. If drivers know they can find a free park-and-ride space, they will be more willing to use public transportation, which in turn will reduce traffic jams. The smallest parking area in this pilot project offers 49 spaces, the largest over 520 spaces. Installation of the sensors will begin in 2016 and the project will run through June 2018. Details:

Parking spaces for tired truckers
Rest areas for truckers along freeways are often hopelessly overfilled. This is especially true at night, which is also when the risk of theft increases. Bosch offers logistics companies, fleet operators, and independent truckers a book-and-park service called “Secure Truck Parking”. This provides secure parking spaces that truck drivers can book in advance. Whenever they are looking to park, their truck sends its location data and a parking request to the system. The system then finds a nearby parking space and sends the details directly to the truck’s navigation system. Booking and billing are automatic and cashless. This system will be running in the Bosch IoT Cloud starting in summer 2016.

Rebates for careful drivers
A large German insurer is giving drivers who are careful and responsible a rebate on their insurance premium. Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket division offers the technology to enable this, in the form of its connectivity control unit (CCU). Once installed in the vehicle, the CCU connects to the car’s OBD interface to gather data on acceleration, maximum speed, and cornering speeds. The CCU encrypts this information and sends it to a computer system via the cellular network using its built-in SIM card. The insurer can generate driver profiles based on this information and offer particularly careful drivers a rebate.

2. Solutions for connected industry

How to monitor transport crates
While product quality can be almost seamlessly monitored during manufacturing, what happens at later stages of the supply chain is often shrouded in mystery. “TraQ” (tracking and quality) is Bosch’s Industry 4.0 solution designed to address this. It allows product quality to be tracked along the entire supply chain – all the way to the customer. Sensors installed in the transport packaging or even in the product itself record information relevant for quality, including temperature, vibration, light, and humidity levels, and send these to the cloud. Software in the cloud compares the readings with permitted levels. If one of these levels is exceeded, an alert is sent in real time to customers, suppliers, and service providers. The sensors also transmit information on position, which allows expected arrival times to be calculated and thus transport management to be optimized. There are considerable benefits for participating companies: real-time notification means that in case of damage to goods, action can be taken quickly, thus minimizing things like production stoppages and their ensuing costs. Sensors integrated into the product itself help to identify the causes of damage – both during transport and while in use by the end customer. TraQ is a key component in a range of solutions that Bosch is currently working on to enable the intelligent and cost-effective management of the digital supply chain. The sensor solution is expected to have its market launch in 2017.

Wireless sensors for high-quality asparagus
Bosch is improving commercial asparagus yields with connected radio sensors. 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 soil with the help of sunlight, the foil is laid with the black side facing up. To cool the soil when it gets too warm, the foil is laid with the white side facing up. To assist them in maintaining the correct temperature, the Bosch start-up Deepfield Robotics has developed a solution that 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 the Bosch IoT Cloud. From there the data is routed to an app on the farmer’s smartphone. Farmers can use this data to track the temperature changes of their asparagus crop in detail, which means they can act quickly to optimize the growing conditions for the asparagus. Details:

3. Solutions for the connected home

Safety and comfort in smart homes
The Bosch Smart Home System lets users connect their home’s heating, lighting, smoke alarms, and appliances via a single platform and then operate them simply using a smartphone or tablet. At the heart of the system is the controller. This central control unit for the house connects the components mentioned above with each other and with the internet. Other elements of the system include a smart radiator thermostat and a sensor-based window contact. All data generated by the smart home are stored in the smart home controller, meaning customers retain control over their own data. Only when users who are on the road call up the temperature at home on their smartphone are any data sent via the internet. These data are encrypted before transmission over the IoT Cloud. In future versions of the product, the system will also send a message to the smartphone whenever a window or door is opened. The benefit is increased comfort and security with no need for a separate alarm system.

The heating technician only rings once: HomeCom Pro
The Bosch HomeCom Pro online portal connects service technicians directly with their customers’ heating systems. The portal shows technicians the status of the heating system at a glance – together with any servicing work that has already been carried out. In the event of a breakdown, the system allows technicians to troubleshoot problems and suggests repairs. To this end, it sends all the key heating system information to the service company’s PC, laptop, or tablet. That way, the heating experts know which steps to take, which means they can generally bring along the right replacement parts on their first visit. This solution runs in the Bosch IoT Cloud.

TrackMyTools: Where did I leave my drill?
Workers need never again search for their cordless screwdriver – thanks to Bosch’s TrackMyTools, they know where their tools are at all times. The result is a smoother workflow, time saved, and increased productivity. TrackMyTools works by affixing a small Bluetooth module to the tools. Every eight seconds, this module transmits a signal that can be picked up within a radius of 30 meters by smartphones or tablets running the TrackMyTools app. The mobile device then transmits this information to the cloud, together with details of the time, the user, and the most recent location data for the equipment in question. Another benefit is that owners of drills or cordless screwdrivers can access the data over the web at any time to know where their tools are and how they are being used. They can also flexibly assign individual tools and equipment to workers. Launched in 2015, the system will be migrated to the Bosch IoT Cloud in 2016.

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Connected solutions as a driver of job growth Bosch to hire 14,000 university graduates Career opportunities for graduates as well as people with professional experience

  • Internet of things changing personnel requirements in many business fields
  • “Let’s be remarkable” – a new look for the company’s image as employer
  • Christoph Kübel: “Software expertise is the key to the connected world”
Stuttgart, Germany – To stay on its growth course, Bosch plans to recruit some 14,000 university graduates worldwide this year. In the future, increasing numbers of software specialists will find jobs at the global supplier of technology and services. “Connectivity through the internet of things is changing Bosch’s business – and consequently our personnel requirements – more than ever before,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations of Robert Bosch GmbH. “Bosch is now a popular employer for specialists from the software and IT industries,” he adds. Almost every second vacancy at Bosch is related to IT or software. In particular, the need for software engineers for IT systems (e.g. web applications) and for embedded systems (e.g. sensor systems) is growing. A large number of Bosch associates are developing solutions for a connected world. “Software expertise is the key to the connected world,” Kübel says, announcing the staffing needs in the run-up to the IT expo CeBIT. At a regional level, the focus of new hires is on Asia Pacific. In India, Bosch plans to recruit 3,500 university graduates, followed by 2,500 new hires in China and 2,100 new hires in Germany. With a new look for HR marketing, Bosch hopes to attract future specialists with and without professional experience.

Digital transformation: interdisciplinary study in vogue
Bosch’s strategic objective is to create solutions for connected mobility, connected industry, connected energy systems, and connected buildings. For some years now, Bosch has been expanding its software expertise. As a result, new job profiles are being created, and cross-domain professional qualifications are becoming more important. The company currently employs more than 15,000 software engineers, and the numbers are set to grow. “Today’s Bosch is also a software company,” Kübel says. “University graduates with a degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering and who possess software expertise have excellent chances to start a career with us.” He adds that people with the reverse profile – namely business information technology experts and software engineers with expertise in the automotive or industrial technology sectors – are also sought-after. This is because solutions for things such as connected industry call for a synthesis of different kinds of expertise for creative problem-solving. But Bosch still requires specialists, both with and without a degree, in its traditional business fields as well.

Software expertise: shaping the connected world
At Bosch, associates such as the 45-year-old Dr. Lutz Bürkle are playing a significant role in shaping the connected world. Together with his colleagues, he is working on driver assistance systems that help prevent collisions with pedestrians. “With my work, I can contribute to greater road safety. My software knowledge helps me develop the necessary algorithms,” says Bürkle, who works as a project manager at the Bosch research campus in Renningen. His colleague Jayalakshmi Kedarisetti also sees the importance of software expertise in everyday working life. The 33-year-old engineer from India is conducting research on power electronics for electric vehicles. Power electronics convert the direct current provided by the battery into alternating current to drive the electric car’s motor. “Besides my electrical engineering expertise, I also need programming knowledge for my job in order to optimize power electronic components through simulation,” Kedarisetti explains. “It helps that I took courses in programming languages early on in my studies,” she adds.

Bosch: working at a software company
Specialists from internet and software companies are finding attractive fields of work at Bosch, as Bosch is the only company worldwide that is active on all three levels of the internet of things. The Bosch Group offers key technologies, such as sensors and software for connectivity, and at the same time develops new services based on these technological innovations. “In the end, every Bosch electronic product should be web-enabled,” the 35-year-old Lan Guo says, getting to the heart of the matter. Just last year, Lan Guo left her assignment as section head in quality management in Reutlingen to return to China, where she works at the Suzhou location. There, she and her teams are responsible for things such as rolling out production of the electronic control units that are used for automotive near-range cameras. “It opens up a lot of professional development opportunities for me, whether in hardware or software. In the medium to long term, I can even switch to another industry without leaving the company,” she says. In addition to the opportunity to change function or industry, the company supports different career paths. Associates can climb the career ladder moving within and between specialist, project, and leadership career paths.

Working like a start-up: creative freedom in a large company
The working environment is also an important consideration for many young professionals when choosing an employer. “For me, flat hierarchies are important, as is the opportunity to have a hand in shaping something new,” Dr. Kai Häussermann says. The 34-year-old senior software developer works on intelligent smart-home solutions at Bosch in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. The company announced just a few weeks ago that it is entering the smart-home market, and has established a subsidiary for this purpose. “The combination of the advantages of a large company and a start-up is the right mix for me. On the one hand, I have access to the expertise and processes of the parent company, while on the other I can make the most of the creative freedom the job offers,” Häussermann adds.

Workplace design: telecommuting and social media
Bosch most recently began the process of expanding its 240,000 computer workstations with modern office software. The objective is to facilitate telecommuting with familiar social media applications that associates use in their personal lives. A flexible and family-friendly working culture also plays a key role in the working environment at Bosch. The company supports more than 100 working-time models and gives equal recognition to private and professional commitments. “I don’t spend my free time at work,” says Sule Dogan, section head in the Information Systems & Services corporate sector. The 36-year-old computer science engineer and mother of a small daughter works at the company’s location in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. “Depending on the project, there can be a lot to do, but even in such cases, I try to make it a point to honor the end of the work day. Ensuring a work-life balance is simply important,” she says.

“Let’s be remarkable”: a new look for Bosch as an employer
Over the course of the year, Bosch will be presenting a new image of itself as an employer. In keeping with the guiding principle “Let’s be remarkable,” ad motifs boasting a fresh design will appear in print and online media, ad materials, and at trade show booths. The new image aims to use words and visual elements to place focus on the meaningful tasks at Bosch. “Anyone who wants to improve quality of life will find the right job at Bosch,” says Daniela Huber, who is responsible for international HR marketing. “The thing that links all Bosch associates is their desire to leave their mark on the world with products that spark enthusiasm. This is what our new image conveys.” As a financially independent employer, the company is known for its values and long-term focus. “Our meaningful tasks will therefore be the best form of HR marketing in the future as well,” Huber adds.

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Navigation supporting the new NDS data standard Bosch guides you through 3D landscapes with Navigation 3.0

  • 3D map engine displays 3D elements on additional display layer
  • High-quality display with 3D objects also available offline
  • Level of display detail adaptable to system computing power and memory
  • Future visualization of dynamic information, like danger spots and fuel prices
Bosch is making the map display on built-in navigation systems even more engaging and relevant. Buildings extend skyward, enabling you to get your bearings more easily, and visible changes in terrain height combined with integrated satellite imagery produce an almost photorealistic look. This is made possible by Bosch’s advanced navigation software, which takes data compliant with the new Navigation Data Standard (NDS) and processes it in a 3D rendering module to turn it into a visually stunning map. In contrast to comparable solutions, it is possible to use the Bosch approach on navigation systems that are not permanently online. If an internet connection is available, though, the system can enhance the map display with dynamic data. In the future, this will allow, for instance, integration of the latest weather information or fuel prices at gas stations along the route.

Powerful 3D map engine supports continuous zoom
The key component in Bosch’s new navigation software is a 3D map engine based on OpenSceneGraph. It superimposes three-dimensional elements like buildings using an additional display layer and can also make them transparent, keeping the route visible to the driver when it goes behind structures. The driver can smoothly zoom the visible map area, from the highest level of detail to the world view. Using topographical information contained in the NDS data, the software displays differences in terrain height. It will even be possible to artificially bend up the map in the direction of the horizon, thus maximizing the amount of screen area used to display the route. The new software furthermore supports the 3D artMap function, which rounds the edges of buildings and uses appropriate coloring to give the structures a watercolor look.

For interacting with the system, the driver can choose between voice input, multi-touch, and handwriting recognition. And thanks to the 3D map engine, it is also possible to show different areas of the map on different screens at the same time, such as the displays in the center console and instrument cluster. The level of display detail can be adapted to the infotainment system’s computing power and memory. The navigation software can thus be configured to suit carmakers’ particular requirements. Updates are easy to install via USB media or a connected smartphone.

Dynamic data from the connected horizon – more than just traffic info
Today, traffic congestion can already be portrayed on the map in near real time. But if the infotainment system has internet access, it will be possible in the future to integrate even more information in the map display. The Bosch connected horizon, for example, gives real-time access to data on road conditions stored in the cloud. The 3D map engine is able to visualize this data, so that areas of the map appear in a different color if there is particularly heavy rain or a risk of black ice. By simply tracing a circle on the screen with your finger, you can then tell the system to calculate an alternative route going through the point you just defined. Regional temperatures and the expected path of severe storms can also be displayed – an essential function in regions of the US severely affected by tornados. Furthermore, in electric vehicles, the system uses a colored, transparent overlay to indicate the current range on the map for the amount of remaining battery charge.

The Navigation Data Standard has been jointly developed by carmakers, automotive suppliers, and map providers. The standardized format enables map data to be exchanged easily between them. Standardization reduces the number of different variants and simplifies map updating. Further details are available at

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From trainee to management board member Bosch invests in 280 leadership personalities

  • Opportunities for future executives in more than 30 countries
  • Trainee program in Africa for the first time – expansion in southeast Asia
  • Christoph Kübel, Bosch director of industrial relations: “Our business leaders need to be navigators and beacons”
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is investing in future executives: this year, the supplier of technology and services plans to fill some 280 positions in its program for junior managers. A global search is underway for graduates with above-average college grades. Bosch wants them to join its Junior Managers Program (JMP), which will prepare them for executive positions. “Tomorrow’s business leaders need to be navigators and beacons,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. “That is why we qualify our trainees to lead associates in a connected working world, to provide them with orientation, and to work with them to create excellence.” Most of Bosch’s trainee positions are in Germany (65) and China (41). With roughly 34 positions, the company is expanding its program in the southeast Asia region. For the first time, four candidates are also to be recruited in Africa. Kübel adds: “We are looking for well-rounded individuals with IT and software skills, as well as engineering and business graduates.” The JMP is considered to be a career springboard. Four members of the current Bosch board of management are former trainees. The company plans to announce soon how many trained graduates it plans to recruit in total.

Leadership responsibility within just a few years
For 30 years now, the Junior Managers Program (JMP) has provided a hands-on setting to prepare qualified young talent for the assumption of leadership tasks. It is characterized by individual program modules that are developed jointly by the participant and a mentor from senior management. As Kübel explains: “From the bottom up, they get to know a corporate culture that orients to values and sustainability rather than short-term profit maximization.” During the JMP, the participants alternate between plants, divisions, and corporate departments. Acting on their own initiative, they take on tasks associated with day-to-day work and projects and have access to their own training budget. According to Kübel, the goal is for the junior executives to assume leadership responsibility for a department eight years after joining the program. The participants therefore have a permanent employment contract from the very beginning. Because of the program’s popularity, they first have to prove themselves in an intensive selection process: in Germany alone, there are some 100 applicants for each single trainee position each year. The JMP is offered with various focal points, from research and development or information technology to management accounting, logistics, technical sales, and purchasing. The JMP lasts 18 to 24 months and includes a post outside the participant’s home country.

Women in leadership positions: female applicants wanted
Qualified women candidates have especially good chances of being accepted to the JMP. By 2020, Bosch wants to increase the share of women in leadership positions to 20 percent, and it is counting on its own junior executives to help it achieve this target. The 26-year-old business information technology graduate Theresa Best is one of them. She has just started her trainee program and works in the Information Systems and Services corporate sector at the company’s location in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. “As part of my first assignments, I’m helping to oversee the introduction of an office software program for 240,000 computer workstations,” Best says and adds, looking into the future: “My next stop on my career path will be Singapore.”

Networking – taking on responsibility
Immediately after the program, trainees typically first take over challenging specialist positions to prepare them for a successful executive career. Some even quickly take on more responsibility, such as the 35-year-old Florian Bankoley. The managing director of a Bosch subsidiary for online mobility solutions sees the JMP as a major opportunity: “Within a very short time, I was able to get to know different parts of the company. Even now, my work still benefits from this, as well as from the network I built up across divisional boundaries during my JMP.”

CFO Asenkerschbaumer: Bosch focuses on personality
The aspiring department heads have appealing career opportunities, says Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, deputy chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. He is also a former JMP participant and has made it to the board of management. “For the trainees, a career shouldn’t be an end in itself,” the chief financial officer says. The combination of personality and professional skills is the key to professional development. Asenkerschbaumer’s advice: “Anyone interested in a future leadership career at our company should be able to motivate people, have an entrepreneurial mindset, and be able to work in a team. Those are ideal qualifications for becoming an executive at Bosch.”

International experience for a connected working world
Sergio Amaya is getting ready for a further international assignment following his time in the JMP. The native of Colombia, who currently works at the location in Leonberg, is preparing to head up a 35-member development department for driver assistance systems at the location in Plymouth, USA, starting in March of this year. “I already experienced international collaboration with locations in France and Japan during the JMP, which was tremendously helpful for me in my later responsibilities as a project director. After all, teamwork across national boundaries is a fact of life in development work.” The former JMP trainee Lisa Maria John is now an executive in software development for driver assistance systems at the Bosch location in Bangalore, India. The 31-year-old software specialist sees the support concept as the strength of the trainee program. “The support I received from my HR manager, plus the personal exchange with my mentor and the people who looked after me on my various trainee stages, gave my development a boost. The advice I received from our experienced senior managers prepared me well for my leadership career. We still keep in touch to this day.”

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Expanding footprint in the Middle East Upswing in Pakistan: Bosch establishes operations First office opened in Lahore

  • Important step in Bosch’s growth strategy in the Middle East
  • Bosch sees great potential for growth in the Pakistani market
  • Milestone for bilateral business relationships
Lahore, Pakistan – Bosch continues to expand its activities in the Middle East: by setting up an office in the country’s second-largest city, Lahore, the supplier of technology and services has opened its first location in Pakistan. The company will focus initially on the sale of power tools and security systems as well as products and solutions from the Automotive Aftermarket division. “Pakistan’s current government plans to strengthen infrastructure and the energy sector. This will have great appeal for foreign investors,” said Ina Lepel, the German ambassador to Pakistan, at the opening of the new Bosch branch. “Bosch’s activities are an important milestone on the path toward bilateral business relationships with Pakistan.” The country is now one of the region’s emerging nations.

With annual population growth of more than 2 percent, Pakistan has one of the highest growth rates in Asia. From 1950 to 2015, the population grew approximately fivefold, to 190 million inhabitants. In comparison, Germany has a population of around 82 million, while Japan has 127 million. Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, making it a very attractive market indeed for the Bosch Group. “On account of the growing population and the low median age of 22, we see good business opportunities in Pakistan for Bosch in the long term,” said Steven Young, president of the Bosch Group in the Turkey and Middle East region. According to the International Monetary Fund, Pakistan’s economy is likely to post steady growth of around 5 percent per year up to 2020. The reasons for this include the low inflation rate and a steadily growing middle class, which is forecast to increase in size in the years ahead by around 6 percent annually. Both factors are having an overall positive effect on local purchasing power. For example, GDP per capita has doubled over the past ten years, and is now at more than 1,400 U.S. dollars (just under 1,300 euros). “Against this backdrop of expected growth, our first office in Pakistan is an important step toward our long-term success in the Middle East. Above all, the central location of the major city of Lahore offers the best possible conditions for our branch office.” Lahore is located in Punjab, the most populous province in Pakistan, with more than 100 million inhabitants.

Bosch’s long-term growth strategy in the Middle East
The opening of a branch office in Pakistan is part of Bosch’s consistent and long-term growth strategy in the Middle East. The company is looking to seize the region’s potential while supporting the local economy with expertise. Steven Young is happy that Bosch will be a part of Pakistan’s growth story: “Our Pakistani customers will definitely benefit from our company’s innovations. Ultimately, we also contribute to improving quality of life for local people with our products and services.” Here, the company benefits from its many years of experience in the region, he added. The Bosch Group has been active in the Middle East for over 90 years and is present in 16 countries in the region today. Business there developed positively in 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated sales of around 240 million euros in the Middle East.

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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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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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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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“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.

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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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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
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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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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (all times local)
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    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


Contact persons for press inquiries:
U.S.: Tim Wieland, phone +1(248)876-7708
Germany: Stephan Kraus, phone +49(711)811-6286
additional international press contacts

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.
  • 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.

Related links:
First Bosch evaluation of driver assistance systems
Glossary of Bosch driver assistance systems
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