Rethinking urban
mobility for the future

Our cities are expanding at an accelerating pace. Current projections indicate that more than six billion people will live in large cities by the year 2050. Urbanization is a megatrend, one that is fundamentally transforming so many aspects of our lives, including mobility. Estimates indicate that urban traffic will triple during the same period of time. Unless we rethink our actions – and do so soon – these developments could lead to even more congestion and accidents, not to mention rising levels of air pollution.

Our cities are expanding at an accelerating pace. Current projections indicate that more than six billion people will live in large cities by the year 2050. Urbanization is a megatrend, one that is fundamentally transforming so many aspects of our lives, including mobility. Estimates indicate that urban traffic will triple during the same period of time. Unless we rethink our actions – and do so soon – these developments could lead to even more congestion and accidents, not to mention rising levels of air pollution.

The pressures of these challenges force the large cities around the world into becoming incubators for diverse creative solutions to speed up the successful transformation of traffic structures that will ultimately benefit everyone. Through improved quality of our air, heightened safety, and reduced stress.

Achieving these objectives requires smart solutions for reducing traffic density with the aid of innovative technology in vehicles – and, moreover, with flexible and fascinating mobility solutions. Bosch has set itself the task of rethinking mobility. In its determination to complete this task, Bosch has developed innovative concepts that point the way to future development.

Actively shaping global megatrends

Innovations for people, society, and the environment

Cleaner air in the city: solving a complex challenge with a holistic approach

In view of the rising number of people, especially in densely populated urban centers, the discussions about air quality in these areas has taken on a tone of greater urgency. In addition to the health aspect, climate protection has emerged as a key issue. In Europe, the extent to which road traffic contributes to the output of relevant emissions varies greatly (see picture gallery). Emissions of fine particulate matter, for instance, are also generated by the attrition of brakes, tires, and road surfaces and are completely independent of the type of engine. This example alone illustrates that all possible areas must be considered together in the search for possible solutions. Bosch has set itself the long-term goal of decisively reducing emissions. This can be achieved only by moving ahead one step at a time and by bundling actions.

Although technologies in vehicles are some of the elements driving this progress, there are other aspects beyond the single vehicle, including electromobility for all vehicle classes and flexible and automated solutions for the optimization of traffic volumes and reduction of driven distances. Vehicles with combustion engines will, in the middle term, continue to be an important component of the mobility mix in addition to electric and hybrid vehicles. There is still tremendous potential for improvement waiting to be exploited by innovative technology. By taking part in more than 300 customer projects, Bosch supports car makers as they implement the new Euro 6d standard. Bosch is traveling many paths simultaneously in its efforts to improve air quality in cities.

Electric powertrain solutions: vehicle technology for an environmentally-friendly future

There are many options for reducing emissions and improving air quality. One of them is the steady expansion of 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.

Hybrid powertrains also provide future-proof solutions. The range of the locally emission-free, fully electric powertrain components is sufficient to meet mobility demands in the central city areas, while an optimized combustion engine is ready to spring into action as needed when driving longer distances.

A powertrain looking ahead to the future

Bosch’s electric powertrain system integrates transmission, e-machine, and power electronics in a compact housing. The design means that Bosch realizes an efficient level of standardization, taking it a great leap forward in the fast introduction of electromobility.

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Efficient electrification

In a high-voltage hybrid, electric and combustion engines work together to provide the power. The combustion engine demonstrates its strengths over long distances while electric power-only driving is possible on short trips in the city. Fuel consumption and emissions are reduced significantly.

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eCityTruck

Bosch has developed an innovative powertrain system for up to 7.5-ton vehicles used for making inner-city deliveries with a range of about 200 km. The trucks can deliver goods efficiently – without any noise that would disturb neighbors.

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Light electric vehicles

The agility of electric powertrains is the perfect match for scooters of any size. Cult makes such as the Schwalbe build on the expertise of Bosch. Bosch offers fully integrated and scalable powertrain systems that can be matched to achieve the desired driving performance. The powertrains are complemented by connected solutions such as digital displays or mobile apps.

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Thinking beyond the powertrain

To be sure, the rising electrification of powertrains represents major progress on the way to better air quality in city centers. But that by no means exhausts all of the possibilities for optimizing vehicles.

Work at Bosch encompasses more than just the powertrain – for instance, technologies that burn synthetic fuels and reduce brake dust. Moreover, the support provided by Bosch to car makers includes new methods for the measurement of emissions under real-life operating conditions on the road.

Less fine particulate matter

One-third of the particulate matter emissions in road traffic is attributable to brakes and tires. The iDisc reduces brake dust by as much as 90%.

New measurement methods

The measurement method “Real Driving Emission” (RDE) measures the emission of nitrogen oxide from vehicles under real-life operating conditions on the road.

Synthetic fuels

A carbon-neutral combustion engine might well become reality before long thanks to new fuels, the so-called e-fuels.

Automated assistance systems: less stress and enhanced safety in heavy traffic

The high volume of traffic, especially in the large cities around the world, is one of the major causes of congestion and higher emissions, greater traffic density, and stress. Automated vehicle assistants help to make better use of available space and to optimize the flow of traffic, lowering further fuel consumption, emissions, and the stress hormone levels of road users.

Moreover, automated systems make traffic safer by helping to avoid driving errors and responding more quickly to dangerous situations than any human driver possibly can. A broad portfolio of automated solutions makes Bosch one of the innovation drivers behind mobility that is safe and saves resources.

Key technology for the mobility of tomorrow

More efficient, safer, more comfortable: the advantages of automated mobility can be summed up quickly. Bosch is a part of numerous research and development projects aimed at turning the vision of driverless traffic into reality. Many of the systems are already in series production. Owing to its great complexity, city traffic is an important test field and at the same time the greatest challenge to automated mobility.

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Safely getting from A to B

Danger is ever-present in city traffic for the most vulnerable fellow road users: pedestrians and cyclists. Bosch is developing dedicated systems for the protection of these groups and to make urban mobility as safe as possible.

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Parking made easy

Automated parking assistants make parking safer and more comfortable than ever before. Whether on the street, in a parking garage, or in the garage at home, innovative technology turns getting into and leaving the space into child’s play.

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Connected solutions revolutionize mobility

When it comes to the future of urban mobility, Bosch goes beyond a narrow view of the vehicle in isolation to develop innovative and flexible concepts for related areas. New mobility services are about to transform fundamentally the way we move.

Bosch is already active in many different ways in this future field: thanks to connectivity, cloud-based technologies, and smart software, everyday challenges such as finding a parking space, charging electric cars, or car-sharing are met by new smart solutions from Bosch.

Bye bye, parking stress!

Automated valet parking is a driverless system that utilizes connected technology to save drivers the wearisome search for a parking space as well as the parking maneuver itself.

Driving freedom and fun

An electric, flexible, and resource-friendly way of negotiating city traffic: Coup is Bosch's state-of-the-art e-scooter sharing service.

Community-based parking

The connected solution identifies available parking spaces on the street in real time and directs drivers looking for a space to the spot by the shortest possible route.

Smart charging

Using the charging apps from Bosch Software Innovations, customers can conveniently access and pay for the charging infrastructure.

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