Bosch took the opportunity at the recent International Truck Show in Hannover to highlight its truck of the future, the VisionX. Simultaneously the company spotlighted the changing roles it expected vehicle drivers to play in an evolving transport network.

Unveiling the vehicle – a streamlined, 40-ton truck packed with multiple smart assistance and connectivity systems – Markus Heyn, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, said truckers would go from being drivers only to logistics managers, booking freight pick-ups and drop-offs along their routes while vehicles piloted themselves.

“Connected and automated trucks are the future, and we are looking to play a major part in their development,” he said.