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Bosch and PTV Group: Alliance for better air

Smart traffic management to reduce emissions

  • Bosch emissions’ calculation integrated in PTV traffic simulation software.
  • Effects of traffic control measures become visible immediately.
  • Many cities in Europe and around the world are struggling with air quality problems.
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Stuttgart – Bosch and PTV Group, the global market leader for mobility and transportation software, are joining forces to further improve air quality and reduce traffic-related emissions in cities. The new partnership brings together Bosch's know-how in measuring, modeling, and analyzing air quality data with PTV's expertise in traffic planning and simulation. This partnership will provide cities with the right tools to reconcile mobility and better air in the best possible way. While many cities in Europe and around the world are struggling with air pollution, the two companies could help well over 2,000 potential customers in more than 120 countries with their innovative solution.

Measures to improve air quality play an important role, especially in cities. Implementation of these measures require precise data and simulations of the type and spread of emissions and immissions. Our collaboration creates the foundation for a long-term improvement in air quality, for example through traffic control.

Christian Stach, Executive Vice President, Bosch Powertrain Solutions division

Precise data for efficient traffic management

The first outcome of the cooperation has already been implemented. Precise emissions data by Bosch is now available in the traffic simulation software PTV Vissim. Bosch generates this data on its cloud-based Air Quality platform, based on detailed traffic data. In PTV Vissim, city and traffic planners can then immediately see how different traffic measures, such as adapted signal control, will affect vehicle emissions and air quality. "Measures to improve air quality play an important role, especially in cities. Implementation of these measures require precise data and simulations of the type and spread of emissions and immissions. Our collaboration creates the foundation for a long-term improvement in air quality, for example through traffic control," says Christian Stach, Executive Vice President, Bosch Powertrain Solutions division. "Better air is a vital factor when it comes to creating livable and sustainable urban areas. At the same time, our cities are growing, with more and more people and goods on the move. Our collaboration combines the data expertise of the leading technology company, Bosch with PTV's analysis and simulation technology. Together, we can empower cities to make sound decisions and effectively improve air quality," says Christian U. Haas, CEO of PTV Group.

Potential for further developments

Bosch and PTV Group are planning further innovative developments that will be based on a shared-data platform. Immission data generated with artificial intelligence will be integrated from the Bosch Cloud into PTV's various software solutions. In addition, a team of experts from both companies is working on a holistic "city dashboard" that will enable users to analyze and visualize mobility and real-time air quality data. This dashboard will help to address a variety of aspects of the “Smart City” concept, such as optimum location of charging stations, sustainable mobility solutions, the transport of goods on the last mile, etc.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, it generated sales of 42.3 billion euros in 2020, and thus contributed 59 percent of total sales from operations. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of personalization, automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s 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 394,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 71.6 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. 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 facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 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 126 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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