There are good reasons for choosing not to invest in a purely technological project but in promoting young talent. "STEM programs at school age are an important contribution to countering the shortage of skilled workers, which has long since become a key challenge for the mobility industry," said Dr. Max Hoßfeld, managing director of ICM. He accepted the donation on behalf of the University of Stuttgart at the award ceremony in Munich. ICM's approach is directly in the donor's mind. "Young people who want to actively shape the transformation of mobility - that's what we as Bosch want to support," said Rolf Nicodemus, Project Vice President for Automated Valet Parking at Bosch.
The donation is also an award to the team for student projects at the University of Stuttgart. The associates, scientists, and students put their heart and soul into Girls' Day and TryScience events to get high school students excited about STEM professions and thus develop sustainable employment, technology, and prosperity in the state. "I am all the more pleased to be able to use the prize money to support this great commitment with grants for experimental materials or kits," says Tanja Walther, who is responsible for school projects at the University of Stuttgart.
Once a year, the Kraftfahrer-Schutz e.V. Automobilclub (KS) awards its Energy and Environment Prize to outstanding developments that make mobility more efficient, climate-friendly, and environmentally friendly. In the Mobility Systems category, the 2023 Automated Valet Parking system from Bosch came out on top. The system is the world's first automated and driverless parking function (SAE level 4), which has received regulatory approval for series production. The car is simply parked at a drop-off area and Bosch's intelligent parking infrastructure interacts with the vehicle's technology to drive directly to the free parking space and park it. This not only helps drivers, who save time looking for a space, but also helps the environment. After all, this reduces parking search traffic, cuts CO2 consumption, and allows more efficient use of parking spaces. In the future, Bosch will also offer other services, such as automated charging of e-vehicles while parked - as soon as the vehicle battery is full, the car is automatically swapped. This optimizes the use of charging stations. As a result, Automated Valet Parking will also make an important contribution to the electromobility transformation.
The Automated Valet Parking AVP thus belongs precisely to the category of innovative solutions that the more than 300 scientists at the ICM are also developing with their cutting-edge research into the mobility and production of tomorrow. That is why it was important to Bosch that the donation be used for the ICM's activities.
Editor and Public Relations, InnovationCampus Future Mobility