Published: January 28, 2016 | Stockholm
Five years ago, Scania introduced connectivity as standard in the European markets. Today connected customers in more than 50 countries gain access to services in order to follow up and evaluate the performance of their vehicles. In 2015, almost 70,000 connected trucks and buses were added, and now the number of connected vehicles is up to 170,000.
Scania’s investment in connectivity began as far back as the early 2000s, when the first digital Fleet Management services were launched. Back then it was about information obtained from the vehicle’s electronic management systems, which was used to analyse fuel consumption and wear and tear, and for example, how a driver shifted gears, braked and made use of the engine’s speed range. This data formed the basis for the Scania Driver Training service, later supplemented by the Scania Driver Coaching service, which today are key elements in the Ecolution By Scania concept.
Using Ecolution by Scania, the haulier can reduce fuel consumption by between 10 and 15 percent, which for a long-haulage vehicle that drives 200,000 km per year, can mean an annual fuel saving of approx.10,000 euro.
In late 2014, the Scania Watch was introduced, which is the truck industry’s first wearable device: a wristwatch with which the driver can remotely read vehicle data but can also obtain information about driving and rest times as well as his/her physical condition. Scania’s development of wearables will gradually evolve and simplify everyday life for the driver both when it comes to work and leisure.
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.