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IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 Driver’s workplace and coach cabin of the future Electronics manages the flood of information

  • Efficient human-machine interface is the key to progress
  • Close link between the driver, fleet operator and client for greater efficiency and speed
  • Model of Bosch’s visions shows how the wealth of information can be handled safely and efficiently
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  • September 23, 2014
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Future commercial vehicles will benefit from a wide variety of information, communication options, and functions. This will offer businesses and drivers alike greater efficiency, flexibility and safety. Furthermore, information and communication diversity will have grown decisively by the end of the decade, driven by the integration of smartphones, new telematics services, software apps, and OEM-specific functions as well as assistance functions, such as driver drowsiness detection, driving lane detection, and emergency braking systems.

As a leading global supplier of automotive technology, Bosch has applied its proven expertise to outline a vision of how instrumentation, controls and operation may be implemented in the driver’s workplace and coach cabin of the future. For the international commercial vehicles trade fair in Hannover, Bosch has turned this vision into a reality that visitors can experience, touch, and try out for themselves.

With its futuristic design, the presented model shows how the technical innovations interact with information management conceived by Bosch. "Our visitors will experience a realistic view of how drivers will in future be able to manage the abundance of information, communication options and new functions in their workplace," says Manfred Baden, President of the Car Multimedia division at Bosch. "Above all, we want to make things easier for the driver," he adds. A crucial element in this is the instrument cluster, working in concert with a central control unit and all its peripheral systems.

Interactive instrument panel within the driver's range of activity
In the Bosch model, the developers have placed the focus on structured and situation-dependent information and communication. The various functional units are networked via a central control unit and can thus communicate with one another and with the driver. The various dashboard instruments and displays are concentrated on a large, freely programmable instrument cluster located directly within the driver's field of vision. Appearing on it are classical looking round instruments, functional displays, graphics for route planning, and video sequences, such as from a rear-view camera or a night vision system. The system adapts the display content to suit the situation: important information is thus shown prominently in the foreground of the instrument cluster, while information of lower priority in the particular situation appears in the background.

Furthermore, the wing mirrors, which are particularly large on commercial vehicles, can be replaced by a camera-monitor system, having the added effect of reducing air resistance. In this driver’s workplace of the future, Bosch is for the first time presenting high-resolution displays that satisfy the special requirements of such real-time picture transmission.

Coach cabin of the future
In our increasingly connected society, future infotainment in coaches will also provide personal access to numerous information and multimedia options. Passengers are already bringing their own tablets and smartphones on board with them. With its new Coach Media Router, Bosch gives, depending on the employed data rate, up to around 50 passengers the option to use their own devices and to access the internet directly as well as local content on the vehicle’s server.

Already right at the start of the journey, it will be possible to specify particular audio and video content, grant access privileges to selected passengers, and permit access to the internet. Moreover, a new DVB-T tuner from Bosch will provide trouble-free television reception, even during the journey. In addition, coach operators can use the vehicle’s server to offer access to movies, electronic magazines, interactive games, and photos taken at the last stop-off, and they can optionally let passengers access all of this on their own tablets or via the cabin monitors.

Perfect in-vehicle smartphone integration with mySPIN
Last but not least, the mySPIN integration solution developed by Bosch SoftTec GmbH now also provides perfect smartphone integration for the truck and coach environment, thus enabling safe in-vehicle device operation there too. The system makes applications vehicle-compatible, that is to say, they are pared down to present the driver with only the relevant information; the applications are subsequently displayed and controlled via the vehicle display. mySPIN lets users use apps for Android smartphones or iPhones® in the way they are accustomed to.

Bosch’s model study is therefore also the ideal opportunity for visitors to take a look into the future of mobility and communication and to experience the new technical solutions that commercial vehicle manufacturers must already explore today in order to be able to offer them to their customers tomorrow.

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First and foremost, the Bosch stand (Hall 17, Stand B12) at the 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover is about efficiency. We are using smart solutions to make conventional commercial-vehicle powertrains not only cleaner, but also increasingly economical. And with technologies for alternative powertrains and fuels, Bosch has the future clearly in its sights. In addition, we show how in-vehicle and internet connectivity can help simplify logistics and make truck use even more efficient.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 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.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. 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 some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. 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.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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