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Interactive event exploring the Future of Mobility in Cities at Somerset House



Bosch Team at Good Relations


Rianne Ojeh
Phone: +44 (0)1895 838 822


2017-08-02 | United Kingdom | Corporate News

  • TransforMOTION, Mobility Solutions event, takes place on Friday 8 September 2017
  • Free public track experiences and technology demonstrations
  • STEM campaigner Carol Vorderman to feature on panel debate about Women of the Future
  • UK launch: the return of the iconic Schwalbe scooter with new electric drivetrain

A unique one day take over of the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House will explore the future of city living focusing on how we move around, with a series of talks, demonstrations and driving experiences on a purpose-built track, lifting the lid on how tomorrow’s technology will shape our lives.

By 2050 more than six billion people will be living in megacities, with urban traffic tripling. TransforMOTION, curated by Bosch in collaboration with Somerset House, is a free public event exploring how technology can provide the solutions needed to address these challenges. The event will consist of a series of expert debates and product demonstrations showing the real-life benefits innovative technology will have in an urban environment such as London, from stress-free and safer journeys to cleaner air.

Through a range of ride and drives, installations, talks, workshops, technology showcases and interactive opportunities, visitors will be able to experience how technology will contribute to a sustainable future and improve urban lifestyles. TransforMOTION will demystify emerging technologies and inspire the next generation of engineers to take up STEM subjects and get involved in shaping the future.

Explore driving of the future in the Bosch showcar at its first public showcase in the UK. Drive the classic Schwalbe scooter with its new electric drive train, a new lightweight electric city car and/or an eBike around the purpose-built track. Or build your own smart city with a computer simulation much like ‘The SIMS’ .

In the Embankment galleries, discover how the sciences and arts are coming together to drive further innovation with a ground-breaking technology showcase from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Visit the ‘Makers Area’, where a series of demonstrations and workshops highlight a range of innovative new products being developed by Makerversity’s membership community based at Somerset House.

There is also an urban eBike up for grabs. Win this great prize by following the exhibition trail, answering questions on the technology and innovations along the way.

Special guests from the worlds of science, technology, arts and engineering, including STEM Ambassador Carol Vorderman, experimental architect Theo Spyropoulos, roboticist Hod Lipson and award winning producer Sara Ellis, will deliver a series of engaging and informative public lectures on everything from the ‘future city’ to ‘engineering the brain and the role of robotics in mobility’.

Arun Srinivasan, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobility Solutions Bosch UK said: “As the urban environment changes, it is incredibly important that technology is further developed to improve quality of life for city-dwellers. TransforMOTION will showcase how innovative engineering will improve life in megacities such as London by shaping tomorrow’s urban traffic. Our vision is to see future commuters relying on multi-modal transport solutions, seamlessly combining e-bikes, shared driverless pods and light electromobility. Drivers of Ultra low and Zero emission cars will be able to park stress free with connected and automated valet parking solutions. The technology is here today, our focus is to get the next generation of engineers involved in designing solutions to the real life challenges our cities and their inhabitants face.”

Mobility Solutions

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2016, its sales came to 43.9 billion euros, or 60 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

Somerset House

Stephanie Lilley, Phone: 020 7845 4619,

Somerset House is committed to giving a platform to environmental issues and emerging technologies, which will shape the future of society, through its cultural programme. Recent examples include Big Bang Data, John Gerrard: Western Flag, Spindletop, Texas, 2017, the UK premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power introduced by Al Gore at Film4 Summer Screen, and a number of events during UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility.

Further information about Somerset House

A unique part of the London cultural scene, Somerset House is an historic building where surprising and original work comes to life. From its 18th-century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Somerset House is today a key cultural destination in London in which to experience a broad range of artistic activity, engage with artists, designers and makers and be a part of a major creative forum – an environment that is relaxed, welcoming, and inspirational to visit while providing a stimulating workplace for the cultural and creative industries.

Since its opening in 2000, Somerset House has built up a distinctive outdoor public programme including Skate, concerts, an open-air film season and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the site focusing on contemporary culture, with an extensive learning programme attached. In October 2016, Somerset House launched Somerset House Studios, a new experimental workspace connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios provide a platform for new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies. Somerset House is also one of the biggest community of creative organisations in London including The Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art, King’s College London Cultural Institute and over 100 other creative businesses. It currently attracts approximately 3.4 million visitors every year.

In the UK, Bosch has been present since 1898, when Robert Bosch opened the company’s first office outside Germany. Every one of the Bosch Group’s business sectors has a presence in the UK: Mobility Solutions, Consumer Goods, Energy and Building Technology and Industrial Technology. Bosch operates in the UK as Robert Bosch Limited and employs around 5,300 associates across 41 sites. In 2016, Bosch generated revenues in the UK of 3.9 billion euros.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of 31 December 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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