A revolutionary cab, which is open, giving a sense of space and an unfettered view of the loading bay
In the cab, wraparound windows give 360 degree visibility and the side pillars feature holes to minimize blind spots. Technology abounds to improve the logistics side of the job with GPS, automatic parcel tracking, and driver identification. And the designers have also looked at driver health and safety.
Steering wheel sensors can detect sweat, temperature and pulse rates – indicators of driver distress – and the on-board computer can monitor acceleration and breaking for signs of sleepiness.
For Ivan Calaon, Head of the Vision Project in the Iveco section of the Innovation department, the Vision is a traveling sensor, sending information to the driver, the fleet manager, the surrounding infrastructure and other vehicles. “It’s one element of the chain to keep traffic and freight flowing,” he says. “It means change can be managed in real time – everyone involved can make and communicate the best decisions, so maximizing efficiency.
We’re also reducing the driver’s cognitive load, cutting driver stress, meaning fewer accidents.”
Although the Vision is a prototype, much of the technology is already close to production and Iveco expects to have a mass produced version ready within three years. But the engineers aren’t resting on their laurels. Says Calaon: “We’re working on adaptive systems, a vehicle that can change in terms of traction and modularity. It will be flexible and adaptable to whatever is needed of it throughout its life.”
Now there’s a Vision of the future.