Daimler Trucks announced that it will invest EUR 500 million over the next few years and create more than 200 new jobs in its global push to bring highly automated trucks (SAE level 4) to the road within a decade.
Highly automated driving is characterized as automated travel in defined areas and between defined hubs without any expectation of the system that a user will respond to a request to intervene.
In commercial trucking, level 4 is the natural next step after level 2, increasing efficiency and productivity for customers, cutting costs per mile significantly.
In doing so, Daimler Trucks is skipping the intermediate step of conditionally automated driving (level 3). Level 3 automated driving does not offer truck customers a substantial advantage compared to the current situation as there are no corresponding benefits to compensate for the technology costs.
The new Freightliner Cascadia offers partially automated driving features (level 2), making it the first-ever partially automated series production truck on North American roads. It also made its world premiere during this year’s presentation of Daimler Trucks at CES.
Daimler Trucks has been a pioneer of automated truck development for years. In 2014, the company presented the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, the world’s first automated truck, and was the first to demonstrate the technological opportunities and great potential that automated trucks have for the economy and society.
Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Daimler Trucks & Buses said, “As a leader of our industry, we’ve been pioneering automated trucking. In 2015, our Freightliner Inspiration Truck got the first road license ever for an automated commercial vehicle. Now we take automated trucking to the next level: we’re ready to launch the first partially automated new Freightliner Cascadia in 2019 – and next, we tackle highly automated trucks. Highly automated trucks will improve safety, boost the performance of logistics and offer a great value proposition to our customers – and thus contribute considerably to a sustainable future of transportation.”
Hino Malaysia yesterday handed over a new Hino XZU720L1 mini bus to The Community Chest (TCC), a charitable NGO which then donated the bus to SJK (T) Kangar at a handover ceremony held at Hino Malaysia headquarters in Petaling Jaya.
The bus, which was purchased by TCC from Hino Malaysia at a special price, was donated to the school in Kangar to facilitate the pupils’ extra-curricular activities which usually involve a large number of participants, and also as a daily mode of transportation for the students.
It is said that this is also an effort to improve the students’ attendance and provide them with a safer way to travel to school and back.
“For the past eight years, TCC has contributed and been involved in numerous projects to upgrade many schools in Malaysia. This bus sponsorship program is TCC’s first initiative in the area of movable asset contribution to a school, and we are glad to have formed a smart partnership with Hino Motors Sales Malaysia in providing this 25-seater school bus benefiting the only Tamil school in Perlis,” said Mr.Tan Kong Han, TCC’s administrator.
The XZU720L1 bus, which is also known as the Hino Mini Bus, is powered by a 156 PS engine which is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The bus is equipped with ABS. EBD, tubeless tyres, Energy-Absorbing Steering Wheel, and a speed limiter set a 100km/h.
The bus was officially handed over by the Managing Director of HMSM, Mr.Ken Iwamoto, to Mr.Sreetharan Selwaraju, the chairman of PIBG SJK (T) Kangar.
Volvo Buses, Göteborg Energi, Riksbyggen and Johanneberg Science Park are working together to examine electricity storage in apartment blocks that have their own electricity production via solar panels.
The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport. Volvo Buses is taking part in a research project whereby used electric bus batteries get a second lease of life as solar energy storage units.
The research is taking place in Riksbyggen’s Viva housing cooperative in Gothenburg, an apartment complex that aims to be Sweden’s most innovative and sustainable housing project – Positive Footprint Housing. Tenants are just starting to move into their new apartments.
In Viva housing cooperative, Riksbyggen, Volvo, Göteborg Energi and Johanneberg Science Park have created a unique system whereby energy from solar panels on the roofs of the apartment buildings is stored in batteries that previously powered electric buses on route 55.
The energy warehouse is used to cut the property’s power consumption peaks, and to store or sell surplus solar energy. It can also be used to buy and store electricity from the national grid when it is cheap and green, for later use. This improves the efficiency of housing association Viva’s own energy system as well as that of the city’s power grid.
“We know that electric bus batteries have good potential for other applications such as energy storage after the end of their life in public transport. What we are examining here is exactly how good that potential is. Use of the batteries in an energy warehouse gives them an extended service life which in turn means better resource utilisation and less environmental impact. Here at Volvo we are examining various possibilities for the reuse of bus batteries for energy storage, and Viva is one such example,” says Ylva Olofsson, Project Coordinator at Volvo.
The battery warehouse consists of 14 used lithium-ion electric bus batteries. They are installed in a battery chamber and linked together to create a 200 kWh storage pack. This energy warehouse allows a larger proportion of Viva’s solar-generated electricity to be used for the housing association’s power needs.
The research of energy storage in used bus batteries is done with support from the EU project IRIS Smart Cities. IRIS is a Light House project, financed by EU HORIZON 2020.
Out of 8,000 service technicians and parts experts from 70 countries, the team from New Zealand finished in first place and received the prize of EUR 50,000.
In total, twelve service teams had qualified through regional and national finals for the Top Team World Final at Scania’s head office in Södertälje, Sweden.
The 2018 Scania Top Team was the tenth international event since the start in 1989. It has developed from a national training event into today’s global training programme with focus on practical and theoretical skills.
The finalists in 2018’s competition were Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands and United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand took the victory. Second place was Switzerland followed by Austria.
Mathias Carlbaum, the Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations at Scania said, “Our service teams play a significant role for Scania’s success. Their dedication, knowledge and efficiency contribute in the highest possible way to the creation of added value for our customers, making sure that our customers’ vehicles are quickly back on the road in a roadworthy, safe and efficient way.”
In Sweden as well as globally there is a shortage of service technicians. Scania alone needs annually to recruit more than 1,000 service technicians throughout the world the coming years.
One of the most successful express bus operators in Malaysia – Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad (E-Mutiara) – has become the first company in Asia to adopt Scania Ecolution to reduce their fleet’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the betterment of the environment.
Scania Ecolution is more than just a product or service, it is a tailor-made partnership that is designed to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce fuel consumption.
By applying a suite of Scania’s total solutions, a company’s sustainability commitment also gets a boost to meet the demand of consumers today for more responsible practices that add to the constant pressures on fleet operators for just-in-time deliveries and tight profit margins.
“Scania Ecolution will facilitate the shift towards a sustainable transport system for transport companies whether it is transporting goods or people. It is a competitive industry that is increasingly focusing on sustainability,” said Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, Marie Sjödin Enström.
“More needs to be done to lower emissions globally to reduce global warming and address climate change. Scania Ecolution is a solution on how profitability can be achieved without sacrificing sustainability. By working together, we can make it even better,” added Marie.
E-Mutiara will work with a dedicated Scania Ecolution Manager who will monitor the progress and choose from our wide range of solutions to achieve the mutually agreed emission reduction target to achieve its sustainability goals and profitability in the long term.
The Kota Bharu based company has subscribed to Scania’s Fleet Management System, Scania Repair and Maintenance as well as Scania Driver Training and Coaching to enhance their own service offering and increase their productivity.
“E-Mutiara is truly at the forefront of change as they have always been and will continue innovate ways to provide the best experience for their customers while taking responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint,” added Marie.
“We are happy to be collaborating with Scania to achieve our mission of becoming a more sustainable business and reducing our carbon footprint. We believe that this will also be appreciated by our passengers, knowing that they are going green by choosing us for their journey,” said E-Mutiara Executive Chairman, Tuan Haji Che Ibrahim B. Che Ismail.