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Bosch is launching a sharing service for e-scooters under the Coup brand
Traffic, hectic road conditions, and the search for parking spots make urban driving especially challenging. To offer city dwellers and visitors access to flexible mobility solutions, Bosch is launching the Coup e-scooter sharing service. With the agile e-scooters, Coup, a Bosch subsidiary, is now offering Berliners a simple, emissions-free alternative to their own cars. Gogoro, a leading e-scooter manufacturer, is providing the electric two-wheelers. With their smartphones, users can conveniently locate and reserve the closest scooters. When they have done this, they can hop onto the scooters and ride off. Once they reach their destination, they simply leave the scooter anywhere in the downtown area.
For the start of the project, 200 connected e-scooters are being distributed in Berlin Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg. Searches and reservations can be carried out in just a few seconds with an easy to use app, which also serves as the key for the helmet compartment and ignition. Once users have completed their ride, the app also automatically issues a bill, just as apps for car-sharing platforms do. Thanks to flat rates, pricing is easy to understand: the use of a fully charged scooter costs 3 euros per half hour, or 20 euros a day. Scooters can travel up to 100 kilometers on a single charge, and Coup covers the cost of charging. To rent a scooter, users must be at least 21 years old and have a license to drive cars or motorcycles.
With the new Coup sharing service, Bosch is contributing to flexible and eco-friendly mobility in urban areas. The platform thus provides a new building block for the Mobility Solutions business sector. This will help Bosch shape its response to modern mobility requirements. If demand is high, the company will expand the service to other parts of the city in the near future.
More information on Coup and practical e-scooters can be found here.
Interested users can also register for the initial phase of the sharing service on the Coup website.
Bosch North America is encouraging associates to do more exercise
Doing enough exercise on a regular basis can be a challenge for people who spend their days working at a desk. But Bosch North America has decided to do something about it: with its “Walk this Way Challenge”, the company is encouraging associates to take 10,000 steps each day for a period of three months. Set to begin on May 4, the initiative is part of the “Be Well” program, which aims to support associates’ health with a broad range of fitness and preventative measures. Associates who commit to participating can win several prizes, such as contributions to health accounts or gift certificates.
Dan Ploeg, Group Manager Diesel Systems at Bosch in Kentwood, Michigan, is taking part in the program. In 2012, he was hospitalized following a heart attack. “If I had started doing something like ‘Be Well’ 25 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have ended up in the hospital with heart problems,” he says. Today, Dan Ploeg uses his breaks to take a walk with his colleagues around the Kentwood site. In so doing, they walk almost a mile each day. Ploeg tells his colleagues to start taking preventative measures at an early stage. “I tell everyone do to sports and do the right thing for their bodies.”
With programs such as “Be Well,” which are run at locations around the world, Bosch offers its associates opportunities to actively take control of their health. The program includes annual screenings, flu shots, and professional support in the event of chronic illness or doctor-recommended weight loss. Associates can also take advantage of wellness or fitness offers.
More information on Bosch North America’s health programs can be found here
Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Bosch Group join forces
In order to push cancer research in Germany forward, Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (Robert Bosch Hospital), Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Bosch Group have joined forces and launched a number of initiatives. “When it comes to assuming social responsibility, Robert Bosch was a role model. He founded Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus in 1940. With this alliance in the fight against cancer, we are maintaining this commitment in the area of healthcare,” said Professor Joachim Rogall, CEO of Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The partners are cooperating to build the new Robert Bosch Center for Tumor Diseases in Stuttgart. The center will be part of Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, and will be built in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center. The partners signed a declaration of intent to this end on July 18, 2016.
In addition to the initial funding provided by Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Robert Bosch Stiftung is supporting the future research center with an additional 24 million euros. The aim of the center will be to develop individual cancer treatments by drawing on new findings. To achieve this, additional experts will support the medical management team, and two endowed professorships have been planned for further research activities.
The initiative is also committed to helping Bosch associates who have tumors. Over the course of the “OncoCure” initiative, they receive access to state-of-the-art cancer diagnostics at Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus. The Bosch Group makes one million euros available for the project each year. At present, the offer is available only to associates in Germany, but there are plans to give associates around the world access to it in the future. “Our aim is clear: with the help of precision diagnostics, we want to improve the odds of treating cancer successfully. This not only helps the affected associates as well as their families and friends, but also their colleagues at work,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, the CEO of Bosch.
After cardiovascular disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death. In Germany alone, some 224,000 people die of cancer each year. According to the World Health Organization, 20 million people will be diagnosed with cancer each year by 2025, up from 14 million in 2012.
More information on the alliance in the fight against cancer can be found here.
Bosch has been supporting Germany's oldest and best-known competition for young researchers for 25 years
In its role of corporate sponsor, Bosch has staged the Baden-Württemberg heat of the Jugend forscht competition for the 25th time in succession. Inspired by this year's competition theme "Discover new worlds", 128 young researchers presented a total of 58 outstanding projects in Stuttgart. They had previously qualified for the Baden-Württemberg heat of the contest at one of nine regional competitions and were selected from 1,205 young people. "Bosch supports young people through various projects. We want them to get involved with science and technology at an early age and develop a real enthusiasm for the subject," said Dr. Wolfgang Malchow, member of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
With 10,196 entries from throughout Germany, more young people submitted a project in 2010 than ever before. The previous record for the number of entrants was 10,102 in 2008. The proportion of girls and young women taking part stands at 35 percent, which represents a positive step forward. In the 45th round of the competition, biology continues to be the subject area with the most entries, at around 24 percent. Technology is in second place at around 20 percent, as was the case last year. There are seven different research areas in total. Each of the subject area winners from Baden-Württemberg will represent their state at the national finals in Essen from May 13 to 16, 2010.
In addition to organizing the Baden-Württemberg heat of the Jugend forscht competition, Bosch is also the corporate sponsor of two further Jugend forscht competitions at regional level. Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH has been supporting the regional contest for central Hesse since 1996. In the Hildesheim region, Bosch collaborates with local partners to promote the region's Jugend forscht competition. Bosch is also a founding member of “Wissensfabrik – Unternehmen für Deutschland e.V.” (Knowledge Factory – Companies for Germany), which aims to encourage the early support and education of children and young people in science and technology. The company has already established 59 partnerships with educational institutions such as kindergartens and schools across Germany.
Bosch trains apprentices at “WorldSkills Americas” 2014.
And the winner is: Brazil. With a total of 30 medals, Brazilian apprentices were the dominant force at the apprentice championships for the Americas in Bogotá, Colombia.
Henrique da Silva Santana was among the winners – the apprentice industry mechanic from the Bosch location in Campinas was awarded gold in the manufacturing technology category. The company sets great store on the training of its young staff, and is proud of the fact that they regularly perform outstandingly in competitions. Over 90 percent of the apprentices who train with Bosch in Brazil go on to receive a permanent position there.
Some 188 young participants from 16 countries in North, South, and Central America put their technical skills to the test at “WorldSkills Americas 2014.” One of the primary objectives of the competition launched in 2010 is to promote enthusiasm among young people for training in challenging and promising technical careers. Over the six days of the event, the career starters therefore also had the opportunity to find out about innovative technologies and discuss technical issues with industry experts at the trade fair that was held at the same time.
Bosch has been one of the sponsors of the competition since 2010. This year, the company is providing targeted training for the Colombian mechatronics team. The company also showcased various technologies from the fields of automotive technology, manufacturing technology, electronics, and DIY supplies.