Big data is helping to redraw the transport map. Connected vehicles now provide transport operators with the ability to keep tabs on their truck fleets and to tailor servicing. And the trend has only just begun.

Transport is one of the industries where developments in connectivity are moving fastest. The advantages of the technology are obvious, given that the sector’s profitability relies on efficient flows.

Scania is investing heavily in this area. Connected vehicles allow Scania to obtain a huge amount of valuable information in real time. This ultimately benefits our customers, as services can be tailored to address their specific needs. Work in the area includes a focus on lowering fuel consumption by developing a better understanding of each driver’s driving style. Connected vehicles will also produce error codes to allow workshops to make quick diagnoses and help to maintain high vehicle uptime and productivity.

In the not too distant future, we are likely to see autonomous trucks that operate themselves, and vehicles that communicate directly with each other while in service. In this way, a vehicle can warn a vehicle behind it of a road obstacle or a heavy storm.

Scania has provided driver training and coaching services across its markets for many years. Meanwhile, the number of connected vehicles, which use on-board computers to wirelessly send information to fleet management systems, is also steadily growing. Scania has now taken the first steps towards combining the tools available in connected vehicles with the company’s Driver Training and Driver Coaching services. The result is Scania Driver Services.

The new tools available in connected vehicles make it possible to collect data on an individual driver’s everyday driving techniques. A coach then analyses the data with the driver over the phone, identifying areas for improvement, such as braking points and coasting. The driver’s data is also benchmarked anonymously against other drivers to provide an idea of the improvements that can be made.

Smarter mining

Scania is carrying out a pilot project in which the entire transport flow of a mining operation is measured on the basis of selected key performance indicators. Data is sent wirelessly every second from the trucks in the production flow to Scania’s field workshop. The workshop is responsible for meeting contractual targets related to the quantity of material transported and uptime. In this way, key decisions which affect the operation of the mine can be taken in real-time. This is a first step towards assessing transport services in terms of their efficiency and the production volumes they produce in a logistics flow, rather than in terms of the cost of the investment.