Web-enabled trucks to improve fuel efficiency: Bosch 25 September 2014

Beyond its heartland of diesel injection systems technology, Bosch says it is now redoubling its efforts on connectivity for commercial vehicles.

"We expect that by as early as 2016, every new commercial vehicle in Europe and the US will be web-enabled," said director Wolf-Henning Scheider at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicles event.

Apart from its existing truck and bus infotainment systems, he says Bosch is using its connectivity platform to enhance commercial vehicles' fuel economy.

One example is Eco.Logic Motion – a system that uses a navigation data-based electronic horizon to calculate the most efficient driving strategy.

Scheider explains that to achieve this, Bosch connects the powertrain and the transmission with the navigation system. This, he says, results in average fuel savings of 5% – and, citing Bosch customers, he adds that savings can reach 9%.

Next, he says, Bosch will be connecting the engine management and transmission control systems with web-based real-time data.

This will allow the commercial vehicle's powertrain to adapt not only to the topography and geometry of the road network, but also to speed limits and road works.

"The result is an optimisation based on live information," states To quote Scheider.

Brian Tinham

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