Con­nected CVs soon

CVs in In­dia are speed­ing down the con­nected ve­hi­cles path.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story by: Bhushan Mhapralkar

CVs in In­dia are speed­ing down the con­nected ve­hi­cles path.

The move up to BSIV emis­sion reg­u­la­tions has changed the way tech­nol­ogy here­after will find its way into In­dian CVs. The rise in elec­tronic con­tent has opened up so many pos­si­bil­i­ties, that con­nected CVs are just a mat­ter of time. Fully au­tonomous ve­hi­cles are still some dis­tance away, the same can­not be said about con­nected ve­hi­cles. The tech­nolo­gies that will help to build a con­nected CV are al­ready there, and there is no curb­ing the steady progress. A mat­ter of mar­ket ac­cep­tance and de­mand, con­nected CVs, par­tic­u­larly Heavy Goods Ve­hi­cles (HGVs), with an abil­ity to con­nect to the cloud, will change the way the driver looks at his role. Also set to change is the way a fleet op­er­a­tor and the re­spec­tive man­u­fac­turer will func­tion. Averred Vinod K. Sa­hay, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Mahin­dra Trucks and Buses, “We are not far from truly con­nected CVs. It is the cost that has to be jus­ti­fied.” “Reg­u­la­tory push makes it eas­ier but the chal­lenge lies with the op­er­a­tion get­ting the price from the con­sumer. What goes into a CV some­one has to pay

for it,” he stated.

Linked with in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic stan­dards, con­nected CVs will find it eas­ier with the elim­i­na­tion of state bor­der checks. Set to spend in­creas­ingly less time off the road, and at truck stops, the op­por­tu­nity to fine-tune the hub and spoke trans­porta­tion model only grows, as e-way bills turn into an ef­fi­cient trans­porter’s tool, the trans­port in­dus­try, to tide over the short­age of skilled driv­ers, will in­creas­ingly turn to con­nected ve­hi­cles. Faster turn­around time and bet­ter plan­ning will be at­tained. Safety will go up, and en­cour­age the con­signor to pay more. If this makes it trick­ier for skill de­vel­op­ers that train CV driv­ers, con­nected CVs will not re­place the driver. They will make him and the ecosys­tem around him more ef­fi­cient. Ac­cord­ing to Jac­ques Es­culier, Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Wabco Inc., con­nected CVs will soon be a re­al­ity. Draw­ing at­ten­tion to a new strat­egy de­vel­oped by his com­pany in that di­rec­tion, Es­culier stated, “We are pi­lot­ing lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem for In­dia.” Wabco has ac­quired a leader in fleet man­age­ment so­lu­tions in Europe. In In­dia, it has de­vel­oped a prod­uct that is es­sen­tial to con­nect the trucks to the ground. It si­mul­ta­ne­ously gath­ers in­for­ma­tion on fuel con­sump­tion, driver be­hav­iour, etc., and pro­cesses as well as trans­mits it.

Con­sid­er­ing the avail­abil­ity of in­fra­struc­ture, or the lack of it, and the road man­ners, Wabco’s pi­lot­ing of a lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem hints at the achieve­ment of a sig­nif­i­cant stage in the de­vel­op­ment of con­nected CVs in In­dia. It may draw from a sys­tem that is work­ing suc­cess­fully in Europe or US, for ap­pli­ca­tion in In­dia will re­quire much adap­ta­tion. En­cour­ag­ing

Wabco to pi­lot a lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem is the way traf­fic on high­way moves. In­dian high­way driv­ing are get­ting closer to the way Euro­peans drive on their high­ways. But then, it is not just about the lane de­par­ture sys­tem. The ad­vent of ABS has al­ready in­di­cated the ris­ing use of elec­tron­ics. With ef­fi­ciency and safety at the core, elec­tron­ics is rapidly set­ting the tone for con­nected CVs. A Frost & Sul­li­van re­port, ‘Global Con­nected Truck Telem­at­ics Out­look 2017’ has stated that the growth of in­ter­net and GPS en­abled so­lu­tions has come to in­cor­po­rate ad­di­tional value chain par­tic­i­pants such as con­tent providers, ap­pli­ca­tion providers (for ap­pli­ca­tions like dis­tracted driv­ing), and wire­less providers. Men­tioned Ma­matha Chamarthi, Chief Dig­i­tal Of­fi­cer, ZF, that they are look­ing at many things. Trans­mis­sions in CVs for ex­am­ple, that can be con­nected and mon­i­tored to help with re­mote di­ag­nos­tics and prog­nos­tics. Ac­cord­ing to ZF CEO Dr. Ste­fan Som­mer, it is about life spent in dif­fer­ent ways for the end cus­tomer. With the need to com­ply with oc­cu­pant safety ris­ing,

con­nected CVs are set to be a

re­al­ity sooner than later.

Bring­ing to In­dia a host of tech­nolo­gies like air disc brakes, Au­tonomous Emer­gency Brak­ing (AEB), sta­bil­ity con­trol and oth­ers, sup­pli­ers like Wabco and

ZF are striv­ing to en­sure that no fea­ture on of­fer is not adapt­able. Stress is on de­vel­op­ing func­tions that specif­i­cally ad­dress the In­dian en­vi­ron­ment. One de­vel­op­ment that stands out is Au­to­mated Man­ual Trans­mis­sion (AMT). It takes away the task of op­er­at­ing the clutch and chang­ing the gears from the driver. Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the en­gine and the other el­e­ments that are elec­tron­i­cally pow­ered (ABS, AEB, trac­tion con­trol, etc.) to for­mu­late the right shift­ing strat­egy. AMT el­e­vates ef­fi­ciency, safety and com­fort – the three hall­marks of con­nected ve­hi­cles. AMT also adds a di­men­sion to how a con­nected CV will com­mu­ni­cate with the op­er­a­tor and the man­u­fac­turer.

For a man­u­fac­turer, con­nected CVs will pro­vide big and valu­able data. They will pro­vide data that would help the man­u­fac­turer to make re­li­able ve­hi­cles. Ve­hi­cles that are smart and prof­itable. With the time spent on the road by a CV ris­ing, es­pe­cially in the case of HGVs and lon­groute buses, the avail­abil­ity of data to man­u­fac­tur­ers is help­ful in sched­ul­ing pre­ven­tive main­te­nance, of­fer­ing quick break­down sup­port, and in col­lect­ing nec­es­sary data on ve­hi­cle be­hav­iour. For an op­er­a­tor, the con­nec­tion would ide­ally in­di­cate where his or her HGV is, about driver be­hav­iour, and more. Of­fer­ing the driver an op­por­tu­nity to self eval­u­ate his driv­ing skills, and drive bet­ter, a con­nected CV will also

en­able a fleet op­er­a­tor to keep tabs; for the in­sur­ance com­pany to charge lower pre­mium, or a pre­mium based on wage. De­scrib­ing con­nected CVs as a new area of value to the CV in­dus­try, and the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try, Es­culier averred, “It is a com­pletely new area of value that our in­dus­try would pro­vide to fleets.

As con­nected CVs emerge, the role of the driver will change. He will drive as well as man­age the busi­ness per­tain­ing to his truck, al­beit with the help of his fleet man­ager un­til a fully au­tonomous form is ar­rived at. If a con­nected CV will help to lower the in­sur­ance pre­mium, a fea­ture like AMT will pro­vide bet­ter com­fort. AEB and lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem will im­prove safety. Telem­at­ics will en­sure that the op­er­a­tor and man­u­fac­turer are in­formed. The driver, will have knowl­edge about the route, health of his ve­hi­cle, and if he has to al­ter his driv­ing style or the route. Driver skill de­vel­op­ment will have to be suit­ably mod­i­fied, and deal­ers will have to mod­ify the way they con­duct their busi­ness, con­nected CVs will make an ef­fi­cient in­ter­face that ben­e­fits all.

⇦ Wabco Chair­man and CEO, Jac­ques Es­culier is cer­tain of con­nected CVs in In­dia. ⇨ Dr. Ste­fan Som­mer, CEO, ZF, ex­pressed the need to en­hance safety through con­nected CVs.

⇨ Elec­tron­ics will form the base of con­nected CVs.

Con­nected on the ground, through the cloud, con­nected CVs will fea­ture many au­tonomous tech­nolo­gies that com­pli­ment the driver.

Com­ple­ment­ing driver per­for­mance, con­nected CV tech­nolo­gies like AMT will make it safe, ef­fi­cient and com­fort­able.

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