Bosch “VisionX” truck study reveals what trucks will look like in 2026

40-ton smart device on wheels

  • Truck drivers take on role of logistics managers
  • Truck of the future just as much at home on the internet as on the road
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Video: Bosch VisionX - IAA 2016

Stuttgart – Job description: perform key freight forwarding tasks, including checking transport status via cloud, responding to e-mails, organizing routes, and adjusting them to take on additional cargo. Ideal candidate: a team player with good multitasking capabilities – confidence in using new media a must!

This is what job ads for truck drivers might look like in the not-too-distant future as a result of major changes to their job requirements over the next few years. “The truckers of the future will go from being drivers to serving as logistics managers,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Automated, connected, and electrified: this video shows how Bosch is catapulting commercial vehicles into the year 2026.

Multitasking at the wheel

Bosch will be unveiling its “VisionX” concept study to an international audience for the very first time at the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles show. The company will use a concept study to demonstrate what commercial vehicles will be capable of in just a few years. Fully connected and in some cases offering automated driving, they will run on highly efficient diesel or even electricity as the situation demands. “The truck of the future will be a 40-ton smart device on wheels,” says Heyn. Smart connectivity and automation will enable it to navigate traffic on the freeway itself, mostly without driver intervention. This will give drivers time to take care of other tasks, such as planning routes, processing shipping documents, or simply taking a break.

Looking ahead

A number of manufacturers will be offering glimpses into the near future of truck driving at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show. But Bosch is deliberately going one step further with its “VisionX” study. Visitors to the Bosch booth (Hall 17, Booth B 12) can sit behind the wheel and watch a highly realistic animated feature that allows them to experience the future of truck driving firsthand.

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Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2018, its sales came to 47.6 billion euros, or 61 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is accident-free. emissions-free, and fascinating, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s 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 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. 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 460 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. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

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