Forget cars, buses or trains – this autonomous connected shuttle could one day take you to work in the year 2025.A sleek and airy driverless electric shuttle from Bosch is muscling in on the current order of combustion-engined contraptions.
Developed by Bosch, it is a glimpse into an autonomous future envisioned by the German tech company of driverless electric connected shuttles gliding silently through city centres, seamlessly connected with their environment.
Bosch will build the components and systems for automating, connecting, and electrifying the shuttles, and later, mobility services, bundling them into a “smart, seamlessly connected” ecosystem.Those mobility services run the gamut: Bosch will develop the booking, sharing and networking platforms, as well as parking and charging services.
Software solutions for managing and maintaining the vehicles, as well as infotainment during the journey, will also be developed.Users can book a shuttle via smartphone, regardless of where they are. Upon booking, an algorithm identifies the vehicle closest to the requested location and simultaneously finds other users who wish to travel on the same route.
The interior of Bosch’s connected shuttle has space for four passengers, seating them across from each other to maximise legroom and comfort.Bosch says that the more passengers a single connected shuttle can transport, the cheaper the journey, and the company said it is currently developing the software platform to enable that.
“In the future, every vehicle on the road will make use of Bosch digital services,” said Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.