ITOY in­no­va­tion award

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The In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year (IToY) or­gan­i­sa­tion, of which the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle mag­a­zine is an As­so­ciate Mem­ber from In­dia, has an­nounced the launch of a new an­nual ‘Truck In­no­va­tion Award’ that would recog­nise trucks of to­mor­row. Fo­cus­ing on ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy ve­hi­cles with al­ter­na­tive driv­e­lines above 3.5-tonnes GVW, the award will be pre­sented and judged in par­al­lel to the ex­ist­ing In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year award. Re­flect­ing the on­go­ing en­ergy-tran­si­tion tak­ing place within the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try to­wards new, un­con­ven­tional, lowen­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print trucks, the in­au­gu­ral award will be pre­sented in a cer­e­mony at the forth­com­ing IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle show in Hanover in Septem­ber 2018. The main cri­te­rion of the award is the con­tri­bu­tion to in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of trans­port of goods by road in the fore­see­able fu­ture. The nom­i­nated truck must thus be an ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy ve­hi­cle. It should ei­ther fea­ture an al­ter­na­tive driv­e­line (hy­brid, hy­brid range­ex­ten­der, all-elec­tric) or have an al­ter­na­tive fuel-sys­tem such as LNG, CNG, hy­dro­gen, etc. With the po­ten­tial to re­duce its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print within the coun­tries in­volved in the In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year, the nom­i­nated truck must have spe­cific ‘hi-tech’ so­lu­tions (like semi-au­ton­o­mous, fully-au­ton­o­mous, have ‘pla­toon­ing’ ca­pa­bil­ity, or posses ad­vanced sup­port ser­vices such as re­mote di­ag­nos­tics, etc.) in terms of ‘ve­hi­cle con­nec­tiv­ity’. The truck could be in pro­to­type, in early-de­vel­op­ment phase or in ‘small se­ries’ pro­duc­tion. It should be driv­able, and not be a one-off con­cept.

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