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Automated driving: while children are ready for it, adults feel they need more information
Children would like the car of the future to be automated, flexible, and eco-friendly. Over the course of the #asmartercar campaign, Bosch asked six-year-olds how they imagined the driving of the future. The result: the next generation of drivers is hoping for automated driving. The children envisioned not only that vehicles would be able to reach their destinations completely independently, but also park without the driver’s assistance. This vision also reflected the needs of the children’s grandparents: thanks to new technology, people could be mobile regardless of their age. Sustainable drive systems were also very important for the drivers of tomorrow. Out of concern for the environment, the majority of the young respondents hoped that their cars would be electric.
In contrast, as a YouGov omnibus survey showed, adult drivers are somewhat more pragmatic. For them, it is important that vehicles are able to take over in specific traffic situations. Two-thirds of the features that most of the 2.000 respondents mentioned are largely already available today. These include, for instance, an intelligent predictive adaptive cruise control system that adjusts the car’s speed to the vehicles ahead, ensuring that a safe distance is maintained. In addition to this, adult drivers expected the vehicles of the future to park on their own (55 percent), and be able to predict traffic jams or detours (51 percent). There was one topic that adults and children agreed on: in dangerous driving situations, smart technology should contribute to more automation in the car and thus make driving safer for young and old (56 percent).
One group of drivers in particular – namely those older than 55 – were still skeptical of driverless vehicles. However, people in this group were also the most likely to admit that they didn’t know much about such cars (27 percent). Against this backdrop, Bosch aims to use the #asmartercar campaign to raise awareness about automated driving technologies and increase acceptance.
More information about the survey and videos of the drivers of tomorrow can be found here.
A community app that Bosch developed is making mobility more sustainable
With more than 12,000 new apartments, 5 million square meters of commercial space, and 3.5 hectares of parks and green spaces, the Shipyard Communities building project in San Francisco is very impressive. In 2015, the first families moved into their new homes in the former shipyard in the southeastern part of the city. At present, a new shopping and entertainment district is also being built – it will be home to many shops as well as a film and arts center. Despite a growing population, the new neighborhood will be a sustainability role model, in part thanks to technical innovations.
The Smart Community app, which Bosch helped develop, is at the heart of the new community. Users can access real-time information from their local community, for instance about where the shuttle bus is currently located, or with which local trains they can best reach their desired destinations. This encourages people to use public transit and thus contributes to reducing CO2 emissions.
At the same time, Bosch and its partners are also working on making sure that app users can drive their own vehicles more comfortably and efficiently. A connected parking guidance system aims to help drivers find the closest available parking spots. In the future, smart vehicles may even be able to park on their own. As a result, they will need less space and help make available parking spaces even more efficient.
The connected community in San Francisco is the first of many. With its own IoT cloud, Bosch intends to provide other cities with a platform that will help them exploit the opportunities that smart communities offer.
More information on the Smart Community app can be found here.
The UN Global Compact yearbook is one of the world’s best independent publications
The United Nations Global Compact network, of which Bosch is a member, requires that its members assume entrepreneurial responsibility, do business and act in a sustainable manner, and respect human rights. In the organization’s current yearbook, the company highlights the ways in which it motivates its suppliers to act in a more sustainable manner. The “International Yearbook 2015”, whose prominent authors include the environmental activist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, recently received the bronze medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015. Each year, the American book prize honors the world’s best independent publications.
The publication aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the Global Compact’s achievements, and to report on companies whose business activities comply with the global initiative’s guidelines. At Bosch, for instance, efforts have been made to improve the sustainability-related performance of the company’s suppliers. Not only does Bosch conduct environmental and social audits on a regular basis, it also offers training programs and honors its best suppliers biannually with the Bosch Global Supplier Award. In its annual progress report, Bosch documents the resulting success stories and all other sustainability-related activities. These include, for instance, significantly reducing CO2 emissions and effectively supporting the integration of refugees.
Since 2004, Bosch has oriented its activities to the ten universally accepted principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The global initiative obliges member companies around the world to make their business activities more sustainable. All members are required to respect human rights and labor norms, and to commit to protecting the environment and fighting corruption. They also report on the measures they have implemented in each of these areas.
More information on the UN Global Compact can be found here.
More information on the Global Compact International Yearbook 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.
Social entrepreneurs are developing employment concepts for southern Europe
New developments at Robert Bosch Stiftung
Sandra Schürmann, the founder of JobAct, hopes to promote the strengths of unemployed youth while at the same time help them find a job. Her company offers a special drama program for job seekers that enables participants to develop their own plays. At the same time, those taking part in the program receive intensive job application training that is closely related to their theater work. Schürmann is one of twenty social entrepreneurs that receive funding from the “This Works!” initiative. On June 29, Schürmann and her counterparts presented their ideas to the public in Brussels.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung launched the initiative in 2014 in cooperation with Ashoka, a non-profit organization. The aim is to apply successful employment concepts in southern European countries, where youth unemployment is high, and to provide young job seekers in Spain, Italy, and Greece with new prospects for the future. The initiative is based on the idea that Ashoka Europe and Ashoka national offices help social entrepreneurs find local partners who can then implement the concepts in their communities. The Robert Bosch Stiftung has spent almost one million euros on the “This Works!” initiative.
At the event in Brussels, which was attended by politicians and members of civil society, social entrepreneurs showed how many young people they have been able to help find work. Until now, more than 3,000 people have taken part in “This Works!” training seminars, and about 1,500 have found jobs. To conclude the event, participants discussed what is needed to successfully transfer ideas that promote social entrepreneurship to other countries. Factors include selecting the right partners abroad, taking local needs into account, and promoting knowledge sharing between companies and partners.
In the future, additional countries will also benefit from “This Works!”. Market studies are currently underway to assess whether the project could be rolled out in Portugal and Croatia to help fight youth unemployment in these two countries.
More information on the “This Works!” project can be found here.
More information on the Bosch apprenticeship program in southern Europe can be found here.