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Bosch releases India's first Pedestrian Accident Study during the 7th UN Road Safety Week

  • Bosch study finds 99% of Indian pedestrians at risk of injury, highlights need for road safety measures.
  • India's 2021 pedestrian fatalities numbered 29,200, exceeding the combined road fatalities of the entire European Union and Japan; with another 60,000 pedestrians injured.
  • India's unique pedestrian behaviour: stopping for vehicles instead of vice versa, unlike in the West.
  • Every day, 90 pedestrians fail to return home, and approximately 165 pedestrians are hospitalized with injuries of varying severity.
  • Rural roads account for 56% of pedestrian accidents in India in comparison to Urban accidents.
  • Daytime accidents a bigger threat to Indian pedestrians than night-time.
Shakambhari Thakur

Shakambhari Thakur


Bengaluru, India – Bosch Limited, a leading supplier of technology and services, and pioneers in accident research, today released India’s first comprehensive study analysing pedestrian behaviour in India during the 7th UN Road Safety Week. The report aims to understand the characteristics of pedestrian crashes in India and to identify counter-measures that can improve road safety in India.

The report reveals that pedestrian crashes are a major safety concern in India, with about one in every ten traffic-related fatalities in the country being a pedestrian. In 2021, The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) registered 68,053 pedestrian crashes in 2021, which contributed to 16.5% of the total accidents that year.

The report, based on the in-depth accident database of over 6300 cases of the Road Accident Sampling System for India (RASSI), reveals that pedestrian crashes are a significant safety concern in India.

Here are the key takeaways from the report:

  • 99% of pedestrians are susceptible to injury.
  • Shockingly, India's 2021 pedestrian fatalities numbered 29,200, which exceeded the combined road fatalities of the entire European Union and Japan, with another 60,000 pedestrians injured.
  • Every second pedestrian accident in rural roads contributes to pedestrian fatality. However, in urban and semi urban areas, the fatality risk of pedestrians is relatively lower in comparison with rural roads.
  • The report also found that human error is the leading contributor to pedestrian accidents in India, followed by infrastructure and vehicle-related factors.
  • One unique behaviour in Indian accidents observed by the report is where close to 12% of pedestrians cross halfway and stop in the middle of the road to allow the vehicle to move on the other lane. In the western world the driver stops the vehicle and allow the pedestrian to cross and in India pedestrian stops and allow the vehicle to pass.
  • The report also reveals that daytime accidents are a bigger threat to Indian pedestrians than night-time accidents - 52% of accidents occur during the day.
  • There can be no “one reason” for the pedestrian accidents. Each accident has multi-level contributing factor from either of human, infrastructure, and vehicle or all combined together. human error contributed 91%, infrastructure 63% and vehicle 44%.
  • All the three factors shown contributes in one way or the other for crash. In many cases all three factors will be the major contributors. Hence a holistic approach towards the solving the problems must be established in order to mitigate pedestrian accidents.

Commenting on the launch of the report, Mr. Girikumar Kumaresh, Principal Advisor Road Safety, Future Mobility & Expert Accident Research, Bosch India, “At Bosch, we are committed to make roads safer for everyone. Today, pedestrian safety is a crucial aspect of road safety, and it is concerning to see the high number of pedestrian accidents in India. Our report on Indian Pedestrian Behaviour sheds light on the contributing factors to pedestrian accidents and highlights the need for effective road safety measures and a multi-dimensional approach to improve traffic safety in India. As individuals, we must also prioritize safety by following traffic rules and being vigilant on the roads.”

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About Bosch in India

In India, Bosch is a leading supplier of technology and services in the areas of Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. Additionally, Bosch has in India the largest development center outside Germany, for end-to-end engineering and technology solutions. The Bosch Group operates in India through twelve companies: Bosch Limited – the flagship company of the Bosch Group in India – Bosch Chassis Systems India Private Limited, Bosch Rexroth (India) Private Limited, Bosch Global Software Technologies, Bosch Automotive Electronics India Private Limited, Bosch Electrical Drives India Private Limited, BSH Home Appliances Private Limited, ETAS Automotive India Private Limited, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Private Limited, Automobility Services and Solutions Private Limited, Newtech Filter India Private Limited and Mivin Engg.Technologies Private Limited. In India, Bosch set-up its manufacturing operation in 1951, which has grown over the years to include 16 manufacturing sites, and seven development and application centers. The Bosch Group in India employs over 38,700 associates and generated consolidated sales of about Rs. 30,368 crores (3.7 billion euros) in fiscal year 2022-23 of which Rs. 18,945 crores (2.3 billion euros) are from consolidated sales to third parties. Bosch Limited is the flagship company of the Bosch Group. It earned revenue of over Rs. 14,929 crores (1.67 billion euros) in fiscal year 2022-23.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 421,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). The company generated sales of 88.2 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. 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 facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,500 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. 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.

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