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Truck on the IAA.
Annual report 2016 – agility stories

One for all

Vision X and Genius Cab – two beacon projects of the young business unit CVO

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At the International Motor Show 2016 in Hannover, all eyes were on Bosch and its truck of the future. Behind the Vision X concept study is a still-young business unit whose aim is to focus on commercial-vehicle and off-road customers and their needs.

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Bosch Vision X — IAA 2016

At the wheel of the Bosch Vision X concept study. The display shows a road and many projections.
Truck driver’s cabin of the future: the Vision X concept study from the inside

At 8 a.m. on September 21, 2026, a truck driver – we’ll call him Alex – sets off from Hannover to Munich. After the trailer has docked with the truck – fully automatically – Alex drives the truck toward the freeway, supported by the lane-keeping assistant and predictive emergency braking. Once on the freeway, the highway pilot takes over and maneuvers the 40-ton truck into a convoy, or “platoon.” In a platoon, the vehicles are all electronically connected and linked together, so that acceleration, braking, and steering actions all happen in sync and the trucks stay a constant safe distance apart. Thanks to a head-up display and the monitors of the side-view mirror replacement systems, Alex can keep a constant eye on what is happening. On the way to Munich, he uses other digital services, such as predictive diagnostics, automatic parking space reservation, and the TraQ system for constantly monitoring his cargo.

Visitors throng to the Bosch booth at the IAA to see the presentation of the Vision X concept study.
A draw for visitors: the Vision X concept study at the IAA 2016

Exactly ten years earlier – in 2016 – Bosch demonstrated this vision of a day in the connected life of a future truck driver at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. The concept study, Vision X, also featured a cockpit with a realistic animation that allowed visitors to follow Alex’s journey. “Vision X was a milestone for Bosch, since we had never presented a show vehicle of this complexity at a trade fair before,” says Anton Beer, the vice president marketing in the Commercial-Vehicle and Off-Road business unit (CVO). “And also, this was a very special project because it involved seven Bosch divisions.”

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Vision X: truck driver Alex’s journey in 2026

Johannes-Jörg Rüger, the head of CVO, in front of the Genius Cab.
Andrew Allen (left) and Johannes-Jörg Rüger, president of the CVO unit set up in 2016

Offering customers such integrated solutions is the mission of the dynamic new CVO business unit, which was set up in early 2016. The idea is to have just one point of contact per customer – and to apply this principle across the entire Bosch product range. “We are a sales organization with integrated systems development, collaborating with all the relevant divisions,” says Johannes-Jörg Rüger, the CVO president. In the case of Vision X, this meant working with all internal parties to quickly define the various needs and requirements for the truck of the future. As Beer explains, “The technical solutions that we encounter on our journey with Alex are ones we have come up with in collaboration with internal partners.” Management and realization of the project was the responsibility of CVO.

The joint Genius Cab project

Front view of Genius Cab, the innovative driver’s cab of the future for construction and agricultural machinery.
Genius Cab: the innovative driver’s cab of the future for construction and agricultural machinery

The business unit is good at collaborating across organizational boundaries, as it demonstrated at the bauma 2016 trade fair in Munich – in this case with the Drive and Control Technology division. But it is equally good at collaborating with partners from outside the company, as the joint Genius Cab project shows. This driver’s cab of the future for construction and agricultural machinery was realized in cooperation with external partners. Within the project, the goal was to maximize system integration as well as reduce development time and costs by efficiently leveraging synergy effects. “Each participant proposed innovations in a transparent process – with as few contracts as possible,” says the CVO project manager Katharina Axtmann. The elements Bosch contributed included the core of the electronic concept (the body computer), the direct wiper drive, side-view mirror replacement displays, and ultrasonic sensors. This integrated approach provides a host of benefits for customers, including increased security, maximum user-friendliness, a relaxed driving experience, and improved maintenance.

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Genius Cab in detail

Animation of Genius Cab, the driver’s cab of the future for construction and agricultural machinery
Body Computer
Central element in the electronic concept
Direct wiper drive
Flexibly adjusted
Mirror replacement displays
Digital look over the shoulder
Ultrasonic sensor system
For vision at night
Display and Terminal
The central user interface
Joystick
Controls also the shovel movements
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The body computer of genius cab

Body Computer

Central element in the electronic concept

The body computer reduces the number of electrical connections, relays, and fuses. This not only saves on material but also makes circuits less complex, which in turn means they are considerably less susceptible to malfunction.

Direct wiper drive of genius cab

Direct wiper drive

Flexibly adjusted

The direct wiper drive adjusts effortlessly to the prevailing weather conditions — whether snow, showers, or hard rain. The wiper drive can also be flexibly adjusted to fit different cabs.

Side-view mirror replacement displays of genius cab

Mirror replacement displays

Digital look over the shoulder

Integrating the displays into the vehicle interior means there is no need for side-view mirrors. Particularly in the working environment of a construction site, reducing blind spots significantly increases workplace safety.

Ultrasonic sensor system in genius cab

Ultrasonic sensor system

For vision at night

The ultrasonic sensor system can monitor the environment when human eyesight is not enough — when visibility is poor, or even at night. The unobstructed 360-degree vision further enhances reliable operation and workplace safety.

Display and Terminal in the Genius Cab

Display and Terminal

The central user interface

Display and teminal can be operated by using buttons or the touchscreen.

Joystick in genius cab

Joystick

Controls also the shovel movements

The joystick is an important interface to the DI4-mid terminal, since its push buttons can be used to activate terminal functions including the windshield wipers, side-view mirror replacement system, and cab lighting.

The body computer of genius cab
Body Computer Central element in the electronic concept
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Direct wiper drive of genius cab
Direct wiper drive Flexibly adjusted
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Side-view mirror replacement displays of genius cab
Mirror replacement displays Digital look over the shoulder
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Ultrasonic sensor system in genius cab
Ultrasonic sensor system For vision at night
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Display and Terminal in the Genius Cab
Display and Terminal The central user interface
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Joystick in genius cab
Joystick Controls also the shovel movements
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Summary

The Vision X concept truck and the Genius Cab driver’s cab are beacon projects of the new Commercial-Vehicle and Off-Road business unit. It focuses on integrated solutions and on presenting a single point of contact for the entire Bosch product range.

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