Published: October 25, 2015 | Gothenburg
Volvo says, there are about 175,000 online-connected Volvo trucks on Europe’s roads. A number of them can already send information about when they need maintenance and some of the necessary service work can even be administrated remotely. This, however, is just the beginning.
In the future the truck will also make workshop administration easier by booking its own service as and when necessary, booking the appropriate mechanics for the relevant jobs and advance-ordering the necessary parts for delivery to the workshop. Repairs will be able to be performed wherever the truck happens to be and will be carried out at an appropriate time in its working schedule.
In coming few years, for instance, the truck will be able to monitor its own health in real time, promoting easier and quicker service which leads to higher productivity for all concerned – drivers, workshops and haulage firms.
Hayder Wokil, Director Quality & Uptime at Volvo Trucks
Volvo lists four trends that will reshape the transportation industry in near future:-
1. Smart services
In addition to predicting faults, truck manufacturers will in another few years be able to better understand why faults occur in the first place – before they occur. The vehicle will also be able to rectify minor faults on its own and issue an alert and book its own service before a problem arises.
2. Less administration
In the future, service will involve far less administration for the haulage firm and workshop since the truck will be able to handle most of this itself, such as booking service and downloading and updating its own on-board software.
3. Connected devices
In the future all the products around us, such as watches, jackets and cycle helmets, will be able to communicate directly with one another as long as the connection adds values. Tomorrow’s wristwatch, for example, will not just show the time, it will also be able to monitor the driver’s pulse and issue an alert and even activate autopilot if something happens to the driver.
The more information the truck manufacturer has about who is behind the wheel and who owns the truck, the easier it becomes to individually tailor the truck to match specific driving styles and transport assignments.
Tomorrow’s truck will also enable more flexibility. As the connectivity potential for trucks continues developing, vehicles will be able to be specified to suit each individual assignment, which in turn promotes more efficient operation. One important prerequisite for utilizing the benefits of connectivity is the collection of large quantities of data.
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Source: Volvo Trucks