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This will be the mobility in the “mega congested” cities of the future

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With approximately two-thirds of the world’s population living in conurbations by 2050, and the urban growth this will entail, there will also be an increasing number of problems

The demand for intelligent mobility concepts for the urban environment is increasing rapidly worldwide. The megacities are full and reaching their peak. In many places, there is a threat of total paralysis. More and more people are returning to the cities, or will live there in the future. By 2050, there will be more than six billion people living in megacities, twice as many as now. By then, urban traffic will have tripled. With approximately two-thirds of the world’s population living in conurbations by 2050, and the urban growth this will entail, there will also be an increasing number of problems.

More and more people in a limited amount of space will also mean more traffic and, therefore, more pollution, less green space, more noise, and more time lost in traffic. “With technological solutions, Bosch can help improve the quality of life in megacities and conurbations. The main means for this purpose is emission-free, stress-free and accident-free mobility, “says Rolf Bulander, Member of the Board of Directors of Robert Bosch GmbH and President of Mobility Solutions. In terms of business, smart cities are also a growth area for the provider of technology and services.

In the period between now and 2020, the smart cities market will grow 19 percent annually, reaching a volume of 700 billion euros. In its cross-selling projects, Bosch has doubled its sales in this sector in the last two years.

Today: roads jammed and air contaminated

Time wasted looking for a place to park, inefficient last mile delivery, crowded roads of private cars – these are, today, common mobility problems in many large cities. “For the citizens, it’s the same old story: jammed roads. There is no sign of progress. It’s time for the opportunities offered by connectivity to be used to make urban traffic smart, “says Bulander. In the future, no megacity will work without smart traffic and a new mobility model. “We are moving away from a car-centric city model, to an idea of ​​intelligent and multimodal mobility,” he adds.

Tomorrow: emission-free, stress-free and accident-free mobility

At the Bosch Mobility Experience in Boxberg (Germany), Bosch is demonstrating how it is shaping urban mobility. “Our efforts to help create an urban environment free of emissions, stress and accidents are linked to three technological developments: automation, electrification and connectivity,” Bulander said. For Bosch, the focus is on moving from A to B without stress. To achieve this, even in an overpopulated metropolis, public transport, private cars, car sharing and automated delivery vehicles, as well as other means of transport – in short, all means of transport in the city – will have to be perfectly Connected together. ‘Multimodal mobility services that users can book with just a few mouse clicks will play a leading role in reducing congestion.’

The increased automation of urban traffic will also translate into greater safety and fewer accidents. Even now, Bosch’s stability control for motorcycles, MSC, provides motorcycles with a kind of ESP. And the ABS for electric bicycles, e-bikes, presented recently, can also be an important lifeline. “Connecting cars, two-wheeled vehicles, other road users and infrastructure can help reduce accidents and save lives. Especially in emerging markets, road users like motorists are at risk, “says Bulander. One of the solutions that Bosch has developed is a digital shield for motorcyclists. And in emergencies, the eCall automatic emergency call, developed specifically for motorcycles, can save lives.

Electromobility and combustion engines for better air quality

Especially in conurbations, air quality will remain a priority issue. For this reason, Bosch is pursuing the goal of emissions-free traffic. “In the cities of the future, both electromobility and combustion engines will be part of the solution,” says Bulander. Even now, the Bosch e-bikes business is the market leader in drive units for the world’s most successful electric vehicle. More than 200 million e-scooters are circulating on China’s roads and Bosch thrusters play an important role here as well. For two-, three- and four-wheel light electric vehicles, Bosch has developed a compact propulsion system that can power two wheels, such as the E-Schwalbe, and also small four-wheeled vehicles such as the e.Go. In addition, parcel deliveries in large cities are becoming more and more electrified. The German company Deutsche Post DHL is pioneering its “streetscooter”, which also has Bosch propulsion components. Apart from driving the development of electromobility in all types of vehicles and segments, the company is working to further improve the combustion engine. Bosch devotes half of its R & D budget to environmental protection and conservation of resources. Altogether, this is a sum of about 3.5 billion euros.

Complete line for smart cities

Bosch is currently carrying out 14 pilot projects related to smart cities. They include urban projects in Singapore, San Francisco, Berlin and Hamburg. Seven of these projects include urban mobility solutions. Apart from connected parking and fleet management, these solutions also involve electromobility and multimodal transport. The latest Bosch collaboration agreement in this regard is being developed in the Chinese city of Tianjin. The objective of this cooperation is to make this port city an intelligent city.

Growing three times faster than the market

In its transformation as an urban mobility provider, the company benefits from both its experience as the world’s leading supplier of automotive components and its strong economic potential. The 227,000 employees working worldwide in the Mobility Solutions area generated sales of 43.9 billion euros in 2016. This year, the Bosch Group’s mobility business is expected to grow around 7 percent. This is almost three times more than world car production. “We are growing faster than the market and, as a supplier of automotive systems, we will continue to be a strong and, above all, innovative partner in the automotive industry. In addition, we are evolving towards a service provider for every road user, “says Bulander. This also means that Bosch will reinforce its research and development efforts in the Mobility Solutions business area throughout the year. By the end of 2017, this business area will have 48,000 employees dedicated to R & D, approximately 4,000 more than at the beginning of the year.

ABC MOTOR – 05/07/2017

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