Bosch is improving efficiency and safety in logistics by cutting costs, improving logistics chains, and making drivers’ lives easier: with technology to automate, connect, and electrify commercial vehicles.
At the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, the supplier of technology and services presented its innovations for tomorrow’s freight traffic.
Bosch uses a new connectivity platform to connect commercial vehicles throughout their service life, providing the technological foundation for such cloud-based services as predictive diagnostics and over-the-air software updates. The platform has two main components: the basic software module is the secure communication interface between the vehicle, the cloud, and the services, while the data management module enables commercial vehicle manufacturers or fleet managers to organise vehicle data, analyze it, and keep the vehicle software continuously updated.
Vehicle downtime is usually unplanned and, particularly in the case of commercial vehicles, often results in significant economic damage. Bosch’s predictive diagnostics registers and evaluates vehicle component and system states and continuously reports them to the cloud. Based on this data, faults can often be predicted and thus resolved in time.
In the future, Bosch’s electronic horizon will become smarter with every trip. This service is based on high-definition maps with topographical data for the route ahead. Engine and transmission management then takes this data into account in order to select the most efficient driving strategy possible and further reduce consumption.
Bosch’s Transport Data Logger provides freight monitoring and makes the goods supply chain transparent. Measuring around 10 square centimeters, the small box with integrated sensors monitors the transport of sensitive goods and measures temperature, humidity, tilt, and shock events during transport.
The digital mirror camera system developed by Bosch and Mekra Lang for side-view mirrors will go into production in 2019. It replaces the two large mirrors on the outside of the vehicle’s cab with video sensors, which reduces drag and lowers fuel consumption by as much as 2%. Images from the cameras are displayed in real time on high-resolution monitors in the driver’s cab.
To ensure easy and distraction-free operation of the ever expanding connectivity, driver assistance, and infotainment functions in trucks, Bosch is bringing digital instrument clusters into the cockpit. In addition to the conventional speedometer view, the display will show function information, route planning graphics, and images from the reversing camera or night-vision device, prioritised according to the driving situation.
Bosch’s driver assistance systems such as turn warning, blind-spot recognition, predictive emergency braking and lne assists enhance the driving experience and improve the safety of commercial vehicles.
The Bosch Servotwin electrohydraulic steering system improves the efficiency and convenience of heavy commercial vehicles. It offers speed-dependent steering support and consumes less fuel than purely hydraulic steering.
The electric rear-axle steering system (eRAS) lets commercial vehicles with three or more axles use the leading and trailing axles to steer. This makes the turning radius smaller and reduces wear on the tyres.
Bosch is also working on electrifying commercial vehicles as well as making the commercial vehicle powertrain more efficient.