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Internet of Things Dramatically Increases Demand for IT Specialists at Bosch

Bosch looks to bring 12,000 new hires—mainly engineers—aboard in 2015

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Internet of Things Dramatically Increases Demand for IT Specialists at Bosch
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Bosch, widely known as an automotive manufacturing supplier, has announced that it plans to hire 12,000 new workers this year. Although this figure may seem staggering, it reflects not only the size of the company—360 subsidiaries and regional companies in 150 countries—but also the fact that it has become one of the main global players in the Internet of Things. Not surprisingly, 75 percent of the new hires will be engineers; for about 30 percent, it will be their first job. The largest group of new "associates" will have a background in IT. More specifically, Bosch's plans call for 3,200 new hires in India, 2,600 in China and 1,200 in Germany.

“We are increasing the number of associates hired for software design and development,” Christoph Kübel, director of industrial relations at Bosch, said in a 24 March press release. “As connectivity expands in every business sector, from mobility solutions to industrial technology, the importance of software does too.”

Bosch is not only at the forefront of technology, it is also known for its advanced approach to personnel relations, which it calls “family friendly.” Associates can choose from about 100 working-time models, including telecommuting, part-time employment, and job sharing.

The company says it will also try to increase the percentage of women in leadership positions to 20 percent, a goal already reached in China. Bosch acknowledges that diversity is good for business. “We want more female executives because mixed leadership teams are more successful,” Kübel said in the press release.

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Chinese Joint Venture Will Begin Mass-Producing an Autonomous Electric Car

With the Robo-01, Baidu and Chinese carmaker Geely aim for a fully self-driving car

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A black car sits against a white backdrop decorated with Chinese writing. The car’s doors are open, like a butterfly’s wings. Two charging stations are on the car’s left; two men stand on the right.

The Robo-01 autonomous electric car shows off its butterfly doors at a reveal to the media in Beijing, in June 2022.

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In October, a startup called Jidu Automotive, backed by Chinese AI giant Baidu and Chinese carmaker Geely, officially released an autonomous electric car, the Robo-01 Lunar Edition. In 2023, the car will go on sale.

At roughly US $55,000, the Robo-01 Lunar Edition is a limited edition, cobranded with China’s Lunar Exploration Project. It has two lidars, a 5-millimeter-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and 12 high-definition cameras. It is the first vehicle to offer on-board, AI-assisted voice recognition, with voice response speeds within 700 milliseconds, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8295 chip.

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