Delivering the future -
Bosch at the IAA 2018

The transportation industry will encounter great opportunities and considerable challenges over the coming years. More and more goods are being transported over long distances to distribution centers situated on the outskirts of town. As urban populations grow, the demand for goods increases as does the desire for speedy doorstep delivery – but without an unnecessary burden being placed on local residents. Towns and municipalities are at the same time using new mobility concepts to try to cope with the increasing traffic. Bosch supplies the right solutions for all types of commercial vehicles and is presenting exciting technologies at IAA 2018 in all key areas of the industry.

In the future, freight traffic will be connected, automated, and electrified. Bosch's connected mobility solutions support manufacturers and fleet operators throughout the vehicle life cycle, ensuring greater economic efficiency and increased flexibility. Automated mobility reduces the driver’s workload, thus enhancing safety in road transportation and at logistics depots. New powertrain systems and electrified mobility reduce fuel consumption and emissions, conserve resources, and ensure lower operating costs.

At IAA 2018, Bosch cordially invites you to find out more about the pioneering technologies available for the transportation and commercial vehicle sectors.

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Overview of different commercial vehicles

Heavy trucks

Heavy trucks in front of ramp

Bosch is optimizing goods transportation with pioneering technologies in the areas of connectivity and automation. Connected solutions boost the efficiency and profitability of entire vehicle fleets. Driver assistance systems increase safety and reduce the driver’s workload on long-haul journeys.

Vans and light commercial vehicles

Light commercial vehicles in the city

Urban goods distribution is booming. It is, however, often the cause of traffic jams as well as noise and environmental pollution. Electric powertrain systems therefore offer great opportunities for urban logistics. Bosch supplies economical solutions which are quiet, and produce low emissions.

Cargo tricycles and e-cargo bikes

e-Cargo bike and tricycle infront of a line of shops

Cargo bikes equipped with electric drive solutions from Bosch are a fast and flexible means of transportation for groceries and small parcels in town. Thanks to the on-board computer, delivery personnel always have easy access to all the essential information, such as the route and battery level.

Coaches and city buses

coach and city bus in bus station

Modern city buses and coaches are a cost-effective solution for carrying larger groups of people. With its connected technologies, Bosch helps ensure bus and coach services can be operated safely and in an environmentally friendly way. On long-distance journeys, Bosch keeps passengers entertained.

Heavy trucks
Vans and light commercial vehicles
Cargo tricycles and e-cargo bikes
Coaches and city buses
Heavy trucks in front of ramp
Light commercial vehicles in the city
e-Cargo bike and tricycle infront of a line of shops
coach and city bus in bus station
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Heavy trucks

Bosch is optimizing goods transportation with pioneering technologies in the areas of connectivity and automation. Connected solutions boost the efficiency and profitability of entire vehicle fleets. Driver assistance systems increase safety and reduce the driver’s workload on long-haul journeys.

Vans and light commercial vehicles

Urban goods distribution is booming. It is, however, often the cause of traffic jams as well as noise and environmental pollution. Electric powertrain systems therefore offer great opportunities for urban logistics. Bosch supplies economical solutions which are quiet, and produce low emissions.

Cargo tricycles and e-cargo bikes

Cargo bikes equipped with electric drive solutions from Bosch are a fast and flexible means of transportation for groceries and small parcels in town. Thanks to the on-board computer, delivery personnel always have easy access to all the essential information, such as the route and battery level.

Coaches and city buses

Modern city buses and coaches are a cost-effective solution for carrying larger groups of people. With its connected technologies, Bosch helps ensure bus and coach services can be operated safely and in an environmentally friendly way. On long-distance journeys, Bosch keeps passengers entertained.

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Bosch at IAA 2018 – discover goods transportation of the future in hall 16 at booth A01

The Bosch highlights for connected mobility

Bosch is seamlessly connecting mobility. Commercial vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, and drivers all benefit from powerful, holistic connectivity solutions. Hardware, software, and services from Bosch also make it possible for commercial vehicles to become an active part of the internet. The exchange of data and information with the cloud enables a diversity of innovative services that boost the efficiency, profitability, and safety of entire vehicle fleets.

This includes secure vehicle updates over the air, predictive diagnosis of the condition of individual vehicles, precise localization, and versatile smartphone-based key management. Thanks to the new connectivity platform from Bosch, cloud-based services are now available for the entire vehicle life cycle.

Vehicle management platform – connectivity solution for cloud-based services

Vehicle management platform for all vehicle classes

Bosch keeps commercial vehicles connected throughout their life cycle. The vehicle management platform is the technical basis for cloud-based services, like predictive diagnostics and firmware updates over the air.

The platform comprises two primary components. Firstly, the basic software module, which is the secure communication interface between the vehicle, cloud, and services. Secondly, there is the data management module, which enables commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet managers to organize, analyze, and display vehicle data and make it available for use.

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Perfectly keyless – digital car key offers greater flexibility and security

Perfectly keyless for commercial vehicles

The keyless entry system will in future allow fleet operators to manage their vehicle keys digitally. Owners and fleet managers will enjoy the flexibility of being able to make their vehicles available to any specific user at any time and place via a smartphone app.

When the driver approaches the vehicle with their smartphone, the Perfectly keyless function automatically unlocks the door. Once inside the vehicle, when the driver presses the start button, the vehicle looks for the digital key and starts the engine as soon as it has found it. And when the driver moves away from the vehicle, the system ensures the door is securely locked again.

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Predictive diagnostics – reliably avoiding breakdowns

Predictive diagnostics for commercial vehicles

Vehicle downtime is usually not a plannable event and, especially in the case of commercial vehicles, often results in high economic losses. The innovative predictive diagnostics software solution from Bosch will help to avoid these kinds of losses in future by continuously monitoring and evaluating the condition of the connected vehicle’s components and systems. Using this data and information from the cloud, the solution can reliably predict individual vehicle malfunctions, enabling the necessary preventive remedies to be carried out in time. This not only reduces the maintenance and servicing costs for commercial vehicles but also ensures increased vehicle availability thanks to the lower number of breakdowns.

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Further topics connected mobility

Central gateway

The central communication gateway for connected commercial vehicles manages the secure exchange of data between the truck and the outside world.

Connectivity solutions for trucks, coaches, and buses

Bosch connects commercial vehicles to the outside world using perfectly matched hardware and software solutions for greater efficiency and safety.

Coach infotainment systems

Coach travel becomes an experience with movies, music, and internet access thanks to connected, perfectly matched infotainment systems from Bosch.

Digital mirror system

Digital side mirrors not only enhance safety, they also reduce fuel consumption.

Infotainment systems for trucks

Smart consumer electronics solutions from Bosch increase comfort, convenience, and safety for the driver.

Connectivity control units

Enjoy the benefits of connectivity and translate real-time data into increased efficiency with innovative hardware from Bosch.

V2X connectivity solutions

Vehicle-to-everything connectivity facilitates data exchange between vehicles and objects in the immediate surroundings and between vehicles and transportation infrastructure.

Head unit for commercial vehicles

The driver's cab is transforming into a fully connected workplace that offers a state-of-the-art user experience.

Digital instrument clusters

Less distraction and lower stress – thanks to digital instrument clusters that display situation-specific driver information.

Display systems

Digital display systems perform a wide variety of tasks and make driving safer thanks to the information they display.

The Bosch IAA highlights for automated mobility

Bosch is teaching the vehicle how to drive. And there is a very good reason for that – in the world of commercial vehicles too. Automated driving functions decrease the driver’s workload noticeably. They reduce the risk of accidents occurring and ensure an increase in the long-term efficiency of logistics chains. Bosch has an excellent command of the necessary key technologies for the mobility of the future. Those technologies are further developed specially for the use in commercial vehicles to enhance their safety, comfort and productivity.

This includes sensors for perception of the vehicle’s surroundings as well as smart software solutions and electronically controlled steering systems. An important basis for various assistance systems like the lane departure warning is a multi purpose camera, which is specially adapted to the requirements in heavy commercial vehicles.

Servotwin®: Steering system for semi-automated driving

By connecting it with the on-board electronics, the electrohydraulic steering system Servotwin® provides various driver assistance functions such as crosswind compensation, lane-keeping support or traffic jam assistance, thereby improving safety when steering heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Even semi-automated driving functions are possible with Servotwin®.

Truck drivers are relieved by the reduced steering forces as well as benefitting from enhanced safety: adapted to the current driving situation and speed, Servotwin® supports the driver’s steering movements and ensures active realignment of the wheels after bends.

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Driver assistance systems: helpers on roads and in logistics depots

Driver assistance systems for commercial vehicles

Accidents involving commercial vehicles are often particularly serious and tragic. For this reason, Bosch is bringing a wide range of driver assistance systems from the passenger car sector to commercial vehicles. Assistance systems and driving aids not only reduce the accident risk but also increase comfort, convenience, and productivity. In this respect, Bosch is not only focusing on road traffic. The protective systems include lane departure warning, lane keeping support, road sign assist, and smart headlight control for heavy trucks. A central technology for video-based assistance systems is a multi purpose camera developed by Bosch that is specially adapted to the requirements for heavy commercial vehicles.

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Further topics automated mobility

Multi purpose camera for heavy commercial vehicles

This scalable camera platform for video-based driver assistance systems has been specially designed for use in heavy commercial vehicles.

Rear-axle steering system

The electrohydraulic steering system decreases the turning radius and reduces tire wear for commercial vehicles with three or more axles.

Bevel box for steering systems

This link between the steering column and steering gear ensures loss-free power transmission and high steering precision, even in difficult installation situations.

Electrohydraulic power steering pump

The highly efficient power steering pump always provides exactly the right amount of oil and pressure required by the hydraulic steering systems in trucks, coaches, and buses.

Power steering pump for hydraulic steering systems

The power steering pump with integrated volume flow control features high power density combined with low weight.

The Bosch IAA highlights for powertrain systems and electrified mobility

Bosch is energizing the powertrain. At IAA 2018, Bosch is showcasing its extensive systems expertise with powertrain solutions for all types of commercial vehicles. Bosch has developed cost-effective drive concepts that enable high-performance and resource-saving mobility throughout the logistics chain, covering long-haul transportation, urban goods distribution, and last-mile delivery to the recipient’s doorstep.

Optimized diesel injection systems in combination with electrification solutions increase the powertrain's efficiency still further. An example of this is the retrofittable electrified trailer axle for heavy trucks. And when it comes to urban traffic, Bosch supplies a scalable electrification solution for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons as well as complete systems for e-cargo bikes and cargo tricycles.

And with its fuel cell technology, Bosch is already working on the commercial vehicle drive of tomorrow. Read more about this topic here.

eCityTruck powertrain solutions – economical electrification for urban goods delivery

eCityTruck infront of line of shops

The strong increase in goods distribution in towns and cities demands new vehicle powertrain systems that are capable of handling future requirements. They must facilitate efficient logistics while at the same time ensuring that any negative impact on people’s lives and the environment is kept as low as possible. With its eCityTruck powertrain solutions, Bosch provides economical solutions for the electrification of light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons. They are ideal for urban delivery traffic since they are quiet, produce lower emissions, and enable access to restricted low emissions zones. In addition, they are easy to integrate, thus supporting vehicle manufacturers in the speedy implementation of their electrification strategies.

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Electrified axle: Smart solution for electrifying trailer and commercial-vehicle axles

With the electrified axle, energy is no longer lost when braking, since the axle recovers energy during braking and on downhill stretches (recuperation). The energy is stored in the high-voltage battery and can be used for various applications, such as for electrically powering the refrigeration compressors on trailers or operating the hill-start assist function in construction vehicles. This reduces fuel consumption, emissions, and costs. In addition, the electrified axle enables remote-controlled electric trailer maneuvering without a tractor unit – an extremely useful feature at logistics depots and ports, for example.

Further topics powertrain systems and electrified mobility

Modular common-rail system CRSN

The modular diesel injection system, which can produce up to 2,500 bar of system pressure, enables high engine performance and is suitable for use in electrification solutions.

Natural-gas powertrain systems

Natural-gas powertrains are a low-cost, low-emissions, and low-noise powertrain alternative for trucks, coaches, and buses.

48-volt drive for cargo tricycles

With the electrified drive solution for cargo tricycles, delivery services can deliver letters and parcels to their destination quickly and with a high degree of flexibility.

Drive solution for e-cargo bikes

The e-bike drive from Bosch ensures sufficient power is at hand for the transportation of groceries and small parcels in town – on hilly sections too.