In addition to congested roads, the limited number of parking spots poses a problem in many cities. One solution could be the flexible use of different forms of transport, a service that Bosch has been testing in the Stuttgart region since the start of 2017. The company has installed 2,500 sensors at 15 Park & Ride parking spots. Via an app that provides real-time information, commuters can now drive to free parking spots close to train stations and continue their journeys on public transit.
A closer look at global CO2 targets shows that powertrain electrification will become an integral part for the future of mobility. For this reason, Bosch spends some 400 million euros each year to drive e-mobility forward. This not only includes further developing battery technology, but also infrastructure. In order for e-mobility to achieve a breakthrough, solutions must be developed that make battery charging easy. In cooperation with different carmakers, among them Mercedes-Benz and smart, the Bosch Software Innovations subsidiary has developed charging apps that connect the charging stations of different providers to one another. App users can thus find out at a glance where the next free charging station is located and make direct payments. With 3,700 stations, 80 percent of public charging stations in Germany are already connected to one another.
How good is the neighborhood’s air quality? From the very beginning of the SF Shipyard building project, the microclimate monitoring system overlooked the air quality in the area. Via wireless sensors, the system measures the toxin content in the air. In the future, the system will make the lives of Shipyard inhabitants easier, for instance with the help of the Smart Community App that Bosch helped develop. The app can be used to access community-related information in real time. For example, the service informs users of special offers at local businesses, the shuttle bus’s current location, and the subway schedule. This encourages people to use public transit, and thus helps reduce CO2. Bosch is currently also working on modifying car travel to make it more comfortable and fuel-efficient for app users. In the future, a connected parking guidance system will display the route to the next available parking spot. The community’s energy supply also plays a key role in reducing CO2 emissions: the DC micro-grid storage system, which Bosch already installed at a Honda plant in California in 2015, could also be introduced at varied locations. The power generated with solar cells on the roofs of parking garages is fed directly into the grid and used for lighting and ventilation.