World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2017


Bosch Philippines Country Managing Director Richard Walker (above 4th from right) with local transportation groups and authorities: DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos (below, 2nd from left), DOTr Asec. Arnulfo Fabillar (below, 3rd from left), DOTr Asec. Mark Richmund de Leon (below, 2nd from right) and PNP-Highway Patrol Group Csupt. Arnel Escobal (below, far right)



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2017-12-07 | Philippines | Corporate News

Bosch Joins DoTr in Commemorating World Day of Remembrance; Supports Launch of Philippine Road Safety Action Plan

Manila, Philippines – Bosch, a leading provider of mobility solutions, has committed its support for the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan 2017-2022 (PRSAP), launched by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) during the World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims on November 19. The revised plan aims to reduce road crash fatalities by 20 percent in 2022, along with other proposed measures that will be jointly undertaken by other government agencies, local government units and enforcement agencies.

The DoTr also collaborated with private sector partners to complete the revision of the PRSAP, among them, Bosch Philippines. Since the beginning of the year, Bosch has been working closely with the DoTr as an industry consultant for the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan, and is the only automotive company actively advocating for the adoption of car safety systems in the country.

“Bosch commends the DoTr for its efforts to develop a more robust road safety strategy, one that considers the importance of active safety systems as a key deterrent against road accidents,” said Richard Walker, Managing Director of Bosch Philippines. “Coupled with conducting accident research, we hope the country will also work towards making these systems mandatory installations in new vehicles moving forward.”

While passive safety systems like child restraints, airbags, and seatbelts protect the passengers in the event of an accident, active safety systems are technologies that prevent the occurrence of a car crash. Active safety systems include Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), which prevent wheels from locking during sudden braking scenarios to prevent skidding and shortens the braking distance; and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which helps stabilize the vehicle during sudden maneuvers to avoid spin outs and allow 2 wheeler drivers to remain upright.

Bosch has been working on technological advancements with the vision of accident-free driving since decades, and has pioneered innovations for ABS and ESP for both four- and two-wheeled vehicles.

“For Bosch, every traffic-related death is one too many,” said Walker. “It is particularly important for us to see ABS and ESP as a standard in Filipinos’ motorcycles, because data shows that majority of road accidents involve two-wheelers. And because millions of Filipinos rely on mass transit, it is also imperative that public utility vehicles be equipped with ABS and ESP.”

As the DoTr proceeds to roll-out the implementation of the PRSAP, Bosch echoes the sentiment of Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, who stated that road safety is the responsibility of all citizens, not just government.

“For us to truly have accident-free roads, it must be a concerted, multi-sectoral effort,” Walker stressed. “The onus of this issue is not on the public sector alone, it is a responsibility that all of us – whether we motorists, pedestrians or commuters – must share.”

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. 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 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 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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