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Scania expands vehicle connectivity in Europe
Connected trucks across Europe are bringing rewards to haulage companies through improved fuel consumption, predictive maintenance and driver wellness.
Having launched its connectivity programme over a decade ago, truck manufacturer Scania is now seeing large scale adoption of the technology since it introduced connectivity as a standard feature in Europe five years ago. 170,000 vehicles are now connected, enabling fleet managers to gain access to services in order to follow up and evaluate the performance of their vehicles.
The original digital fleet management services offered by Scnaia still form key elements of the offering today, including fuel consumption analysis and assessment of wear and tear on the vehicle based on driver behaviour, forming the basis for the Scania Driver Coaching service.
Explaining the benefits of connectivity in HGV fleets, Scania’s Mattias Lundholm said, “Our customers are increasingly seeing the opportunities presented by connectivity in order to improve the efficiency of their vehicle performance and therefore reduce costs. Interest is growing in line with the extension of the connected services that we offer, including those provided to bus and coach operators.”
A new approach to maintenance
Scania´s service workshops have started using connectivity technology to remotely read vehicle data and diagnose it to reduce downtime in connection with planned workshop visits as well as emergency repairs at the side of the road.
The next step in the development of communication with the vehicle is service and maintenance, which is based on its specific use and driving style instead of just driving distance, which traditionally applies in the industry.
Scania regards the development of electronic control systems as a core business activity and the information from connected vehicles as a strategic asset.
Wearable technology for driver benefits
Introduced late in 2014, the Scania Watch was the truck industry’s first wearable device. The connected wristwatch enables the driver to read vehicle data remotely as well as to obtain information about driving and rest times as well as his or her physical condition. Scania’s development of wearables will gradually evolve and simplify everyday life for the driver.
Commenting on the way the Scania Watch fits into the whole scheme of the connected experience for vehicle operators, Lundholm concluded, “The Scania Watch is the first example in our development of connected services, which extends far beyond communication with the actual vehicle and its electronic systems. In the future, hauliers and drivers will only need to perform two keystrokes – one to unlock their phone or tablet and one to click on a Scania icon – to be able to order anything from time at the workshop to food and other services at the next stop.”