Our cities are expanding at an ever-increasing pace. Urbanization is a megatrend sweeping the globe, leaving no city untouched. It is fundamentally altering mobility and giving rise to new challenges with regard to how people move around.
After all, the more people that live in a city, the more traffic – which in turn results in traffic jams, accidents, and air pollution. Current projections estimate that urban traffic will triple by 2050.
These scenarios demand a rethink, and raise the question of whether today’s mobility is fit for the future. Successfully mastering these changes in the years to come calls for new and diverse solutions, including new technologies that help reduce emissions, innovations for higher levels of safety, and flexible traffic solutions. Because the long-term goal is for mobility to be emissions-free, accident-free, and stress-free.
With its innovative mobility concepts, Bosch is pursuing these three visions and is pioneering the developments that will turn them into reality.
Urbanization is having an impact not only on mobility, but also on society as a whole. People’s expectations and requirements are changing, with the trend shifting increasingly towards flexibility, safety, and health in urban areas. Bosch recognizes these social changes today and is already developing
innovative concepts to address precisely these objectives. After all, demand in the urban environment for technology that is “Invented for life” continues to rise. In other words, technology tailored specifically to people’s needs that also meets the challenges posed by urbanization.
thanks to smart cloud-based connectivity
thanks to a diverse range of mobility solutions
Nowhere to park, traffic jams, and pollution are daily problems in city life. Taking the stress out of mobility in the future means reducing traffic levels. Potential ways to address this issue would be to turn to exclusively clean and safe transportation solutions, to merge housing developments with industrial areas – thus avoiding unnecessary journeys – and to foster the use of intermodal transportation. After all, residents in metropolitan areas increasing wish for stress-free solutions to get from A to B. The way to relaxed urban mobility is an intelligent, connected infrastructure. A number of intermodal mobility solutions would allow commuters to simply use whichever mode of transportation is available at the time. Smart connectivity ensures that users always find a suitable solution, regardless of time or location. Bosch connected services already provide road users with unprecedented levels of flexibility today.
Automated driving significantly improves driver comfort and drastically reduces stress levels. But most importantly, it increases safety on the roads. Bosch has a clear vision: make urban mobility accident-free to the greatest extent possible. In metropolises such as Stockholm, Tokyo, or Berlin, there are 3-5 road fatalities for every 100,000 inhabitants. In Jaipur, Guadalajara, or Curitiba, this figure rises to 15-35, which shows the more modern the infrastructure and the better vehicles are equipped,
the safer road traffic becomes. Given that nine out of ten accidents are caused by human error, automation can play a major role in improving road traffic safety. Current Bosch Accident Research studies indicate that automated solutions could cut accidents in Germany by approximately one third. With its many solutions – driver assistance systems or innovative parking, for instance – Bosch is taking the next step towards a future of virtually accident-free mobility.
in the metropolises of the future thanks to multi-dimensional environmental protection.
to make all drivetrains fit for the future
When it comes to keeping big cities clean, clean air is an absolute priority. But there are many options for cutting emission levels. One is to keep expanding electromobility. Given that a significant proportion of urban transport will be electrically powered in the future, Bosch is pulling out all the stops to drive forward this development.
But conventional powertrains also remain viable options in the years to come. As in-depth research indicates, diesel and gasoline engines have major optimization potential. The combustion engine itself may be converted to run on synthetic fuel produced using renewable energy (e-fuels), which would make it resource-conserving and CO2 neutral.
Making emissions-free mobility a reality calls for multi-dimensional thinking. For this reason, Bosch is exploring many avenues so as to get there as quickly as possible.
Powertrain solutions and electrified mobility
Measurement of real driving emissions with Bosch Engineering
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powertrain solutions
Innovative battery technology for hybrid systems