Trucks

Bosch's truck of the future concept is rather intimidating

The VisionX won't be coming to production, but it represents where the supplier sees trucks in 2026.

It's all very large and mysterious.

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Ten years from now, roads are going to look wildly different. Whether it's self-driving cars or electrics, we're in for an automotive sea change. Bosch, a supplier for a number of manufacturers, has its own vision of what roads will look like then, and the VisionX truck is a manifestation of those beliefs.

"The truckers of the future will go from being drivers to serving as logistics managers," said Markus Heyn, a Bosch board member, in a statement. As drivers lose the requirement to, you know, drive, there'll be plenty of other jobs for them to do. Bosch says truck "drivers" of the future will plan routes, work on documents or simply sit back and observe.

Bosch envisions the future of trucking as a largely automated affair, with heavy reliance on connectivity and electrification -- or, barring that, high-efficiency diesel engines. Of course, being a pie-in-the-sky concept, VisionX isn't loaded up with specific technologies, so there's no discussion of range or horsepower or anything like that.

If you want to check out the VisionX in person (oh, yes, Bosch built one), it will be on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany later this month.