Facts about automated driving and parking

  • ... Bosch has been working extensively on automated driving since the start of 2011, with its own dedicated project team?
  • ... more than 2,800 Bosch engineers are working to further develop driver assistance systems, and thus on automated driving and parking?
  • ... Bosch sales revenue from driver assistance systems passed the one-billion-euro mark in 2016?
  • ... the foundations for automated driving were laid on October 1, 1986, with the launch of the Prometheus (Programme for European Traffic with Highest Efficiency and Unprecedented Safety) research project, in which Bosch was involved?
  • ... Bosch was the world’s first automotive supplier to test automated driving on public roads? Bosch engineers have been driving test vehicles on the German A81 and U.S. I280 freeways since the beginning of 2011, and on the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa since the beginning of 2016.
  • ... Bosch is the market leader for the 77 gigahertz radar sensors needed for automated driving, manufacturing the 10 millionth such sensor in 2016?
  • ... converting Tesla Model S cars into Bosch test vehicles required 1,400 working hours, 1,300 meters of cable, 400 cable ties, and 50 new Bosch components?

Automated driving saves drivers time and money

  • ... U.S. studies indicate that applying defensive driving strategies when on the freeway can result in fuel savings of up to 39 percent?
  • ... automated driving improves traffic flow, allowing up to 80 percent more vehicles to cross a traffic light-controlled junction in the same amount of time?
  • ... highly automated driving could save 400,000 metric tons of CO₂ per year in the U.S., China, and Germany in 2025?
  • ... highly automated driving could mean an annual time saving of 95 hours for frequent drivers in 2025?

Automated driving makes roads safer

  • ... according to UN figures, 1.25 million people die in traffic accidents every year?
  • ... 90 percent of all traffic accidents are attributable to human error?
  • ... Bosch accident research predicts that increasing automation can lower accident rates by up to one-third in Germany alone?
  • ... thanks to automated valet parking, the same amount of space can be used to park up to 20 percent more vehicles?

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 42.1 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 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 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 some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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