urban mobility
for the future

Current projections estimate that urban traffic will triple by 2050.

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.

These scenarios demand new consideration 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.

Actively shaping global megatrends

Innovations for people, society, and the environment

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.

More comfort

thanks to smart cloud-based connectivity

Reach any destination conveniently

thanks to a diverse range of mobility solutions

Flexible from A to B thanks to connected mobility

Lack of sufficient parking, 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 increasingly 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.

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The centerpiece of connectivity

Bosch’s Automotive Cloud Suite is the centerpiece of connected mobility. With its combination of big data and in-depth automotive expertise, this platform allows users to access online parking or smart home services at any time while on the move.

Putting an end to searching

Bosch connected parking is making stressful parking space searches a thing of the past, regardless of whether it’s on the street or in a parking garage. Thanks to these integrated and connected parking solutions, users can always find a free parking space, without having to waste time searching.

Efficient connectivity

To help relieve the burden on infrastructure, Bosch is developing state-of-the-art logistics services for freight transport. Connectivity helps to establish more efficient logistics chains, for example by providing transport assistance using micromechanical sensors.

Vehicle transformation

When we’re not at home or at work, we spend increasing amounts of time on the move. So much so that our cars have essentially become our third living space. We can work, shop online, or even reserve an e-bike to continue the journey – all from the vehicle.

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. Using the Coup app, users can simply reserve and book the nearest available e- scooter, and then drive away.

One step ahead with automated mobility

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 cities such as Stockholm, Tokyo and Berlin, there are 3-5 road fatalities for every 100,000 inhabitants. In Jaipur, Guadalajara, or Curitiba, this figure increases to 15-35, which is reflective of the impact modern infrastructure and better-equipped vehicles can have on urban road safety.

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 by approximately one third.1 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.

1 Based on research conducted in Germany

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Safe travels for stress-free arrivals

Bosch is continuously driving forward the development of innovative partially and fully automated driver assistance systems. Strict safety rating criteria for new vehicles are an added incentive to advance this technology.

Together into the future

Fully automated and driverless vehicles are no longer a distant vision. Thanks to a collaboration between Daimler and Bosch, it won’t be all that long before a production-ready system arrives on the market. This ambitious development project is revolutionizing urban mobility.

Parking made simple

Automated parking assistants make parking safer and more comfortable than ever before. Regardless of whether it’s on the side of the road, in a parking structure, or in the garage at home, these innovative technologies make maneuvering the car in and out of parking spaces a piece of cake.

Healthy living

in the cities of the future thanks to multi-dimensional environmental protection.

Integrated ideas

to make all drivetrains fit for the future

Heading toward an emissions-free future with electrified mobility

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 expand 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 this development forward.

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.

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Next-generation electrification

Bosch’s electric powertrain system integrates the transmission, e-machine, and power electronics in one compact housing. It is highly efficient and simple to standardize, helping OEMs take a decisive step toward an emissions-free future.

Innovative battery technology

The 48-volt on-board network is perfect for entry-level hybrid powertrains. It offers high performance and flexibility. Bosch is also a leading supplier of low-voltage hybrid systems.

Compressed natural gas for less CO2

The number of vehicles powered by natural gas is set to rise in the years to come. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is powerful, efficient, and emits comparably less CO2. This is reason enough for Bosch to continue to pursue development of CNG systems.


Bosch will continue to help reduce diesel exhaust emissions in the future. Real driving emission (RDE) tests measure nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles under real driving conditions. Bosch is currently involved in some 300 RDE projects with different customers.