Faster fuel savings promised by upgraded Volvo I-See technology 01 March 2013

Volvo Trucks is introducing a new version of its I-See fuel-saving system, which takes intelligent gear selection to another level on the new Volvo FH, which takes pride of place on Volvo's stand at the CV Show.

In the updated version, up-to-date information about the road's topography is remotely obtained from a central server, so that all trucks with I-See gain access to the same fuel-saving information.

In this way, the first time a truck equipped with the new version of I-See drives on a hilly stretch of road, information about the local topography is transmitted wirelessly to the Volvo Trucks server – not just stored locally in the truck's memory, as it was in the previous version of I-See.

"Your own truck need not have driven on a particular hill even once," explains Christer Pehrsson, business area manager for long-haul operations.

"It's sufficient that someone else with I-See has covered that same stretch of road, irrespective of which haulage firm they work for," he explains. "It will be able to reap the full benefit of the system."

I-See can be likened to an autopilot that takes care of gear selection, acceleration and engine braking on hills, in order to maximise fuel efficiency.

Volvo Trucks claims that fuel saving for long-haul transport operators may be as much as 5%.

The information is based entirely on actual topographical conditions, not on maps.

"Our aim is to continuously develop our offer ... not least by utilising the possibilities available with wireless communication," says Pehrsson.

John Challen

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