Press release

Bosch Engineering sets new standards for safety in public transportation in Iasi

Cornelia Dürr

Cornelia Dürr


Abstatt, Germany; Iași, Romania – Bosch Engineering equips the entire tram fleet of the city of Iași with its collision warning system, named Tram Forward Collision Warning (TFCW). The system assists drivers in critical situations in urban traffic through sound and visual warnings, thus offering increased safety, both for tram drivers and passengers, or for other traffic participants. Safety in public transportation is one of the greatest challenges for modern cities and especially in dense city traffic, inattentive road users present a considerable risk for tram drivers. The city of Iași, that has become an important center for innovation and modern infrastructure in the past years, intends to improve road safety by using modern technologies. The project, initiated by the City Hall of Iași, is developed together with Bosch Engineering, that will assume the role of a tier 1 supplier for the first time and bears the responsibility for delivering and installing the system and for training the tram drivers. “We are thrilled that Iași has opted in favor of our system and that we are contributing to greater road safety,” says Heiko Mangold, head of the rail technology business field at Bosch Engineering GmbH. The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2025.

Bosch Engineering’s tram forward collision warning system (TFCW) has been successfully in use around the world since 2017. The system has three components, which work together perfectly. A multipurpose camera monitors the tracks and detects objects such as pedestrians, vehicles, and cyclists. A radar sensor detects obstacles even under difficult conditions such as fog, rain, and darkness. It also receives information from the camera, verifies it, and compares it with parameters such as speed and distance. All this information then comes together in the rail control unit, which provides the interface between the Bosch components and the tram’s systems. This allows the system to be easily retrofitted even in older tram models. If there is an imminent risk of collision, the system warns the driver both visually and acoustically. And in an additional expansion stage, the system could even automatically brake if the driver fails to react.

The system is currently being integrated into eight different tram types, including models of different ages. This variety poses a special challenge, since the system has to be individually adapted to the various tram types to ensure smooth operation.

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Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2023, its sales came to 56.2 billion euros, or just under 60 percent of total Group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading mobility suppliers. Bosch Mobility pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are electrification, software and services, semiconductors and sensors, vehicle computers, advanced driver assistance systems, systems for vehicle dynamics control, repair-shop concepts, as well as 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.

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Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 3,300 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

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