Saving lives and preventing accidents: no, it’s not some sort of costumed superhero, but the connected car in the year 2025. Together with the Prognos research institute, Bosch has looked into the future and assessed what connected vehicles will be able to accomplish using technologies that by then will be wide-spread: highly automated driving, emergency braking assistants, and smartphone integration. The study, which looked at Germany, the U.S., and China, found that by 2025, the implications of connectivity will have noticeable effects on every driver. “Today, computers, smartphones, and the internet are part of everyday life in our society. The same will be true of connected cars in 2025,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
Today, computers, smartphones, and the internet are part of everyday life in our society. The same will be true of connected cars in 2025.Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH
A brief look at the study’s most interesting and exciting facts and figures:
Emergency services assistants
In 2025, connected assistance systems could save 11,000 lives, 300 of them in Germany (U.S.: 4,000, China: 7,000). Besides that, a total of more than 260,000 accidents that result in injuries (Germany: 30,000, U.S.: 210,000, China: 20,000) can be avoided each year – equal to the number of accidents that happen in Berlin over a two-year period.
Binge watching instead of gridlock rage
For people in Germany who drive a lot, automated driving can free up 95 hours a year – enough time for a leisurely marathon of all planned eight seasons of “Game of Thrones.”
To Venus and back
Connected parking technologies could save 480 million kilometers in driving distance (the same distance as going from the Earth to Venus and back again). For example, while searching for parking, cars can report available spots and guide drivers directly to them. On average, car drivers in Germany currently travel one kilometer for each parking search – thus causing additional traffic congestion and emissions.
Lower costs for every vehicle owner
Connected assistance systems will save up to 4.43 billion euros in material costs and collision damage. Of the 450 million euros saved in Germany (U.S.: 3.6 billion dollars, China: 380 million dollars), 100 million euros are due to smartphone integration alone. This means major savings for insurance companies and, in turn, the wallets of every single vehicle owner.
Savings for the environment
Germany’s national park in the Black Forest can process 400,000 metric tons of CO2 over three years – the same amount that connected mobility functions will be able to save in 2025. How is that possible? Highly automated vehicles require less fuel, and technologies for simplifying the parking search cut down on traffic and the resultant emissions.
Bosch and Prognos assessed a total of twelve technologies for private passenger transport and how widespread they are, before projecting the resulting effects in Germany and the U.S., as well as in major cities in China, by 2025. The model is based on international statistics on development of the vehicle fleet, accident data, and current research, as well as on estimates by experts at Bosch and Prognos.
Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2016 sales came to 44.0 billion euros, or 60 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.