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Bosch invests in York to expand smart transport technology

Published Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Bosch subsidiary announces plans to expand in York.

City of York Council and partners across the region welcome the announcement from the Department for International Trade this month that the Bosch subsidiary, ETAS Centre of Excellence for Embedded Software Development (ETAS Ltd) will be expanding in York.

ETAS Ltd specialise in solutions to develop embedded systems for the automotive industry. The newly expanded centre will develop the middleware to support future generations of advanced autonomous and highly automated driving.

The £1.6 million investment and expansion will bring 11 new high skilled jobs in the autonomous vehicle industry, in addition to a significant supply chain impact for automotive software and future potential to increase to more than 40 positions.

The expansion is a strong sign of confidence in York as a location to do business, with the city’s high calibre workforce, technology and innovation strengths, and excellent quality of life acting as key advantages for businesses located in the city.

There is the possibility that the expansion could grow into a global centre for the development of software for connected and autonomous vehicles. While software has traditionally been a small fraction of the value of a car, that is changing rapidly. High-end cars will soon contain 100 million lines of software code in each vehicle, so automotive operating systems will become an industry in its own right.

The current York location has been part of ETAS Ltd since 2003 and is currently responsible for the development of real-time operating systems and basic software for the automotive industry. To date more than 1 billion copies of the ETAS York operating system have been deployed and are driving on the roads globally.

ETAS Ltd has doubled in size over the last 5 years and this announcement will help to further strengthen the automotive industry in the region.

The council has been leading the way with its Smart Transport initiatives since 2018 with the Eboracum Research Project. Traffic signal plans were automatically updated using live on-board vehicle journey times, and the findings were warmly received by the transport industry.

The work continues with the Smart Transport Evolution Programme which began in September 2019 and has so far welcomed a real-time city-wide traffic model which uses many live data feeds to forecast 5 to 60 minutes ahead and produce alerts for traffic control operatives or drivers. The programme will shortly be delivering Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory, a service that sends real-time and future traffic signals conditions into smart phones and cars and advises of the most efficient speed to travel safely to get through on green.

All this has been made possible by upgrades to the city’s smart infrastructure and puts York in a great place for the adoption of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning said:

We welcome this substantial expansion and investment from Bosch in York. This offers a great boost to our local job market, bringing a new degree of expertise to the city and giving residents to opportunity to upskill and explore new career paths.

“The expansion compliments our established network of thriving science and technology businesses across the city and marks another milestone in York’s journey of greener, cleaner innovation.”

Christine Hogan, Senior Inward Investment Executive at Make It York said:

We are delighted that Bosch has chosen York as the location for their UK expansion, investing significantly in developing the site and bringing new jobs to the city.

"It is testament to how well-placed York is as a location for business expansion of this nature: combining a strong knowledge-driven economy, world-class sector expertise, excellent connectivity, high talent retention and an unrivalled quality of life. York has its own unique identity as a world-class business location and it is wonderful to see a global company such as Bosch choosing to make York its home."

David Dickson, Deputy Chair on the Main Board of York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

This is a significant boost for York and the region. It demonstrates the draw of the area as an excellent place to live and work and will lead to further economic growth.

“As a LEP, we work with stakeholders, investors and the Department for International Trade to ensure York and North Yorkshire is promoted as a place to do business. We are formalising an internationalisation strategy and inward investment strategy to continue to progress this, and we’re working with companies in the UK and abroad to foster investment and encourage growth.”