Sixteen days to visit six Bosch projects on three continents.
Discovering Bosch technology worldwide.
The Bosch World Experience showed how Bosch is involved in some exceptional large-scale projects. Follow in the footsteps of the Bosch explorers on their journey and find out how Bosch technology is used at the different destinations.
Bosch in London
Travel dates: 07/20-07/23
London truly is a city of contrasts: it is here that the rich cultural past meets a lively, modern present which helped London to become one of the largest visitor attractions in the world. But only very few know that behind both famous old buildings as well as the futuristic and largest Ferris wheel in Europe lies Bosch technology.
Way back in 1889, Robert Bosch set up the first foreign office in London to sell Bosch products in the UK. It was the first step towards being part of some of the capitals world famous symbols – including hallmarks such as the Tower Bridge, Wembley Stadium and the London Eye.
The most memorable moments in London.
Find out what Amy liked so much about Jim Malin, the Bosch expert on location, and discover what Roy and Hong Khai’s favorite moments were in London.Play video
Travel report on London.
Have we whetted your appetite and do you want to know what else our explorer team got up to in London? Then read the London travel report in our blogumentary.Go to London story
Panama, Central America
Bosch in Panama
Travel dates: 07/23-07/26
For several centuries it seemed like an unattainable dream: to connect the Atlantic and the Pacific with a canal through the jungle of Panama. In 1880, the Panama Canal project actually began, and after 30 years of construction and plenty of difficulties, the 82 km long waterway was finally opened in 1914 – a groundbreaking triumph for shipping and world trade. Ultimately, the sea route from New York to San Francisco was shortened from about 25,000 to about 10,000 kilometers through the channel, so that the travel time was reduced to around three weeks at a ship speed of 15 knots.
Today, when ships cross continents, Bosch is a part of it. Originally, the gates of the lock chambers were operated with a mechanical drive. But in 2010, Bosch Rexroth replaced the old drives with 158 custom hydraulic power units and drive cylinders and has provided for improved efficiency and functionality ever since.
The most memorable moments in Panama.
Luiz found the insights into the construction and technology of the Panama Canal breathtaking. But what fascinated our Bosch explorers Yanru and Tolgay the most?Play video
Travel report on Panama.
Do you want to know more and find out about everything the Bosch explorers discovered? Then read our Panama report in the blogumentary.Go to Panama story
San Francisco, North America
Bosch in San Francisco
Travel dates: 07/26-07/29
Imagine: your speedometer reads 100 kilometers per hour and you can easily move the hands from the steering wheel while you're driving on the highway from San Francisco towards Palo Alto. As if by magic your car suddenly accelerates, overtakes another car and cuts back in again. The steering wheel turning all by itself. Large monitors in the car show how the vehicle scans the surroundings: big, yellow blocks depict other cars around you, small, white rectangles symbolize the road signs with the speed limit.
For chief developer Jan Becker in Palo Alto, California, this vision is already reality. He sits in his prototype, a dark blue station wagon on the test track and is racing towards developing a highly automated car in the near future. Accident-free driving is one of the main objectives for Bosch.
The most memorable moments in San Francisco.
An automobile that drove itself was of course mighty impressive. Here in their most memorable moments they share the other things they found fascinating about Palo Alto and San Francisco.Play video
Travel report on San Francisco.
Want to experience San Francisco and Palo Alto through the eyes of our Bosch explorers? Then read our San Francisco travel report in the blogumentary.Go to San Francisco story
Bosch in Shanghai
Travel dates: 07/30-08/02
In just 150 years, Shanghai has evolved from a port with some 150,000 inhabitants to one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world. And still continues to grow. Every hour the city’s population increases by 32 people. That’s 768 inhabitants a day or 5376 per week, 21,504 residents every month and so on… Shanghai is now one of only 60 cities in the world, currently inhabiting more than three million people. Space to build on is not only in short supply here, it’s also expensive. The shortage of space seems to point just one way out of the dilemma: upwards. Whole city districts need to be built vertically, as with the “Shanghai Tower”.
The World Financial Center (WFC), which stands nearby is quite literally a towering achievement: when you visit it, you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view from its viewing platform located at 474m above ground. The WFC stands at 492 meters and is not only one of the tallest but also one of the safest buildings in the world. Given that its 101 floors house shops, a hotel, apartments, office space and a conference center, safety was an absolute priority when building the WFC. The building required a state of the art, reliable digital public address and evacuation system – the perfect task for Bosch.
The most memorable moments in Shanghai.
The view from a height of 474 meters, Bosch safety technology, and rooms in the integrated Park Hyatt luxury hotel – the Shanghai World Financial Center was a high-point for Tolgay. But what did Amy and Yanru discover?Play video
Travel report on Shanghai.
Want to know more about what our Bosch explorers discovered in the Asian megacity? Then read our Shanghai travel report.Go to Shanghai story
Bosch in Singapore
Travel dates: 08/02-08/04
In 2011, Singapore became the first major city in the world to initiate a comprehensive electromobility pilot project from Bosch. This unique large-scale project aims to answer the question: how can a new drive technology be integrated into an existing traffic and power infrastructure? Considering that, there are more than a million vehicles on the move on 3,400 kilometers of streets in a city that is scarcely any bigger than New York. The government of the city-state is well aware that electromobility requires more than just a few charge spots along the road. Other important factors include the approach to billing drivers who use the infrastructure, and the number of total charge spots available.
Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group's systems company, was commissioned to tackle these challenges. The IT specialists developed a software platform that enables drivers to locate the closest charge spot with their smart phones or tablets, as well as to determine whether or not the charge spot is available. The experts had to make sure that the various charging technologies and charge spots could be networked with the platform. Over the course of the electromobility pilot project, quick chargers that can charge a battery to 80 percent in about an hour are also being tested.
Bosch in Berlin
Travel dates: 08/04-08/06
Our Grand Finale was celebrated in Berlin, the capital of the Bosch home country and also the location of a very important foundation: The Robert Bosch Stiftung. It is not only an operating foundation that pursues its goals by programs of its own, but also a funding foundation that enables others to develop and implement projects and initiatives that meet social needs in Germany and abroad.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of Europe's largest foundations associated with a private company. It invests around 70 million euros annually in supporting approximately 800 of its own as well as third-party projects in the fields of international relations, education, society and culture, in addition to health and science. Since its founding back in 1964, the Foundation has used more than 1.2 billion euros for charitable activities.
Six Bosch explorers. Three continents. One unique blogumentary.
The blogumentary on the Bosch World Experience 2014 is a multimedia travel report. It’s full of exciting content from various social media channels, as well as responses from the Internet that were gathered together by the six explorers for each of their destinations in a joint editorial meeting. Have a read and find out all about the journey.Go to blogumentary
The Bosch explorers
The stars of the Bosch World Experience 2014.
Thousands of people all over the world followed our six Bosch explorers on their journey. The explorers were recognized and asked for photographs, and they caused a stir in lots of different places. This is where you can find out more about the stars of the Bosch World Experience 2014 who enriched this unique world tour with their humor, expertise, and character.Discover more
We are Bosch
What it means to work for Bosch.
There are no limits to the ways you can work for Bosch. More than 280,000 people are dedicated daily to developing ideas and ground-breaking technology all around the world. Now you can get to know some of them more closely and find out what they have to say about their exciting jobs, and what fascinates them so much about the projects they are busy with.Discover more