Volvo Trucks is a global truck manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, owned by AB Volvo. It is the world's second largest heavy-duty truck brand.Volvo Group was re-organized on January 1, 2012 and as a part of the process, Volvo Trucks ceased to be a separate company and was instead incorporated into Volvo Group Trucks, together with Volvo’s other truck brands.The first Volvo truck rolled off the production lines in 1928 and in 2011 Volvo Trucks employed about 19,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo manufactures and assembles its trucks in 15 countries. Volvo Trucks produces and sells over 100,000 units annually.Volvo Trucks sister truck brands in the Volvo Group Trucks company include Renault Trucks, Mack Trucks and UD Trucks . Wikipedia.
« Volvo Trucks used SuperTruck learnings to boost efficiency, performance in 2017 powertrains; wave piston, turbocompounding, injection | Main | DOE to offer up to $4.5M for research on methane hydrates » Three emerging and converging factors—connectivity, autonomy and transport-as-a-service—will fundamentally change the automotive industry over the next few decades, according to Mike Abelson, GM’s VP of Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning. These three factors, said Abelson in a panel talk at the 2016 SAE World Congress in Detroit, are changing how the vehicle interacts with the environment; how the user interacts with the vehicle; and the entire business structure around it. The basic DNA of the automotive industry—i.e., the way the vehicle operates and the supporting business structure—has remained more or less the same for the past 100 years. Automakers make most of their money by selling vehicles to individuals for personal transportation. I would ask you to think about the economic efficiency of our transportation system. An economist would make the point to all of us in this industry that an automobile is often-times the second-most valuable asset that a family owns and yet it sits unused 90% of the time. To an economist, that is a clear indication that there is an industry with a lot of potential for change. Sustainability and efficiency will continue to drive the industry, Abelson said. In his overview of the importance of electrification technologies, Abelson was much in alignment with Justin Ward from Toyota, with both of them referencing electrification as a spectrum of capabilities from stop-start to high-end battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles. While he touched on the “very geeky core engineering competencies talked about for number of years” of electrified propulsion and lightweighting, Abelson chose to focus more on the disruptors. Abelson noted that through OnStar, GM has been working with connectivity for some 20 years. The company now has 2.8 million vehicles on the road with 4G LTE connectivity. Last year, GM recorded some 133 million customer-OnStar interactions (100 million in North America, 33 million in China, 83,000 in Europe). More telling, however, is the growth: the 2015 data represented a doubling from 2014, which in turn represented a doubling from 2013. Here’s the sort of explosive growth that you hear talked about in the software industry, but not so much in our industry. I take this as a real indicator that this idea of connectivity, of giving customers connectivity to their vehicles but then going forward giving the vehicle connectivity to the wider Internet of Things is an important trend and one that will change how cars interact with their environment. Ridesharing is another disruptor. There are a lot of advantages to ridesharing, especially in urban areas, Abelson said, noting that the growth there has been explosive as well. Lyft in the US—in which GM recently made a $500-million investment (earlier post)—is up to 85 million rides in 2015. That pales in comparison to China’s DiDi, which supported 1.5 billion rides in 2015. Newcomer Ola in India is already up to 9 million rides, Abelson said. In September 2015, Lyft and DiDi announced a strategic partnership to enable Lyft users to use their Lyft app when they travel to China and Didi users to use their app when they travel to the US. DiDi also made a $100-million investment in Lyft. I emphasize that ridesharing is not going to replace personal vehicle ownership anytime soon. But it is sort of the point of the spear on the idea of transportation as a service and these changing business models. We think that the combination of these changing business models and some of these other technologies make for some very interesting opportunities going forward.
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Continental Automotive Systems said Thursday that it supplied possibly faulty air bag controls to 5 million cars manufactured over a five-year period across the globe, prompting a recall of affected vehicles. Continental Automotive, a Continental AG unit, told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the potentially malfunctioning air bags are fitted in vehicles created by Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler, Volvo Trucks North America and Mazda Motor Corp. These air bag units, produced from 2006 to 2010, may not deploy in a crash or may deploy by accident with no warning. Mary Arraf, a spokeswoman for Continental, said the recall affects 1.5 million to 2 million cars in the United States. Fiat Chrysler said that 112,000 of its vehicles in the United States are covered by the recall, ranging from the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2008-2009 Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and the 2009 Volkswagen Routan, which it assembled for Volkswagen. So far, it has already documented 25 cases of accidental air bag deployments. Honda said that it is recalling 341,000 Accord models made from 2008 to 2010 to replace control units associated with the defective Continental air bag systems. At the moment, Honda has already recorded two confirmed injuries linked to this defect. Furthermore, it has noted 1,575 warranty claims and 83 field reports. It also added that 74 injury accusations in connection with air bags that failed to deploy have yet to be verified. Honda said, however, that replacement parts are presently scarce and can only be requested for cars with air bag issues and with vehicle damage. It went on to say that these parts aren't sufficient for all cars until autumn. Meanwhile, an analyst thinks that the Continental air bag recall can't be compared to the Takata air bag recall, mainly because fewer vehicles are impacted by Continental's recall. "I would classify this as a more traditional recall," said Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Rebecca Lindland. "I think comparisons [to Takata] are a little unfair to Continental." Right now, 14 automakers have recalled around 25 million cars because of the defective Takata air bags. These air bags are said to rupture and produce possibly lethal metal pieces. Ten deaths and 100 injuries have been reported so far as a result of the faulty Takata air bags.
« Volvo Trucks unveils new powertrains featuring increased power and 2.2 to 6.5% better fuel efficiency | Main | Sadoway and MIT team demonstrate calcium-metal-based liquid metal battery » Volkswagen Group IT uses agile workstyles and intensive cooperation with universities, technology partners and Volkswagen Group departments to develop digital solutions. At the new Volkswagen Digital:Lab in Berlin, the Group is working on this in a strategic partnership with software developer Pivotal. IT experts from Volkswagen and Pivotal are jointly developing innovative software and mobility solutions for networked customers together with specialists from Technical Development and Sales. “In our Digital:Lab we are working on a digital ecosystem that offers our customers a new user experience, new mobility services and a raft of networked vehicle services”, Volkswagen Group CIO Dr. Martin Hofmann said. “We are creating completely new products for our customers, and are therefore turning Volkswagen from a car manufacturer into a mobility provider.” Hofmann commented that at the same time Volkswagen was establishing new workstyles which are being further developed. Our IT experts in our labs in Berlin and Munich work the Silicon Valley way, we have brought the Valley to Volkswagen. Pivotal is supporting our experts with over 20 experts from San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado, and is training them in new software development methods. Our aim is to firmly anchor these skills and workstyles in the Group and in Germany. In the medium term, there will be more than 600 programmers, data scientists, design thinking experts and cloud architects working in our labs in Berlin, Munich and San Francisco. Volkswagen and Pivotal are focusing on innovative workstyles for software development. These are based on agile programming techniques such as extreme programming. Extreme programming stresses customer satisfaction, enabling software developers to developers to respond to changing customer requirements, even late in the life cycle. Extreme Programming improves a software project in five essential ways; communication, simplicity, feedback, respect, and courage. Extreme Programmers constantly communicate with their customers and fellow programmers. They keep their design simple and clean. They get feedback by testing their software starting on day one. They deliver the system to the customers as early as possible and implement changes as suggested. Every small success deepens their respect for the unique contributions of each and every team member. With this foundation Extreme Programmers are able to courageously respond to changing requirements and technology. For example, software developers work systematically in changing pairs with daily stand-up meetings, regular weekly training sessions and continuous in-team optimization. This partnership fosters exchange and creativity within the teams, reduces the error rate, shortens development processes and allows swifter adjustment in the event of short-term changes in customer wishes. The Digital:Lab in Berlin is the Volkswagen Group’s advanced software developer. The lab supports projects that go beyond the boundaries of Volkswagen’s existing core business and are designed to open up new business opportunities. The Digital:Lab is developing a digital mobility platform where external partners can dock on to jointly develop software solutions. The lab is also working on a new vehicle control center which collects data on weather, surroundings and traffic from networked vehicles and uses this data to generate early hazard warnings. The Digital:Lab’s first software projects include digital sales support for dealers and a data hub for digital products.
Volvo Trucks | Date: 2013-05-29
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« First minimal synthetic bacterial cell designed and constructed by scientists at Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics; 473 genes | Main | CARB seeks new $366M vehicle testing and research facility at UC Riverside » At the end of this month, six automated truck platoons—representing 6 different truck OEMs and their partners—will leave several European cities of origin and drive along public roads, targeting arrival at the APM Terminals, Maasvlakte II, Rotterdam on 6 April. This European Truck Platooning Challenge represents large-scale testing of cross-border automated truck-platooning; its aim is to bring platooning one step closer to implementation. Truck Platooning involves trucks driving a short distance apart using automated driving technology; platooning offers benefits in terms of fuel consumption and CO emissions, safety and the flow of traffic. The Truck Platooning Challenge will demonstrate that a second vehicle is technically capable of automatically following the combination ahead using wireless communications, radar and cameras. The truck platoons will all depart from their home base or production location. Scania has the longest route in the European Truck Platooning Challenge—more than 2,000 km (1,243 miles), crossing four borders. The teams from the six brands will only platoon on motorways in normal traffic conditions. Local conditions will dictate whether or not they platoon for the whole route. Over the past six months there has been intensive and multidisciplinary cooperation/teamwork to realize this new form of mobility. The network involved governmental, road and other authorities from the participating countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden), truck manufacturers, umbrella organizations (ACEA, CEDR, CLEPA, EReg and IRU) plus a range of common interest groupings and consumer bodies. DAF. A consortium of DAF Trucks, TNO, NXP and Ricardo is uniting under the name EcoTwin. Within the context of the EcoTwin project, it has already been demonstrated that the second vehicle is also capable of steering automatically. However, the emphasis during the Truck Platooning Challenge will be on autonomous acceleration and braking. In this regard, the planned distance between both combinations is 0.5 seconds, which at a speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) approximates to a distance of 10 metres (10.9 yards). One novel aspect of the EcoTwin combination is the advanced Wifi-P connection, developed by NXP and specially designed for automotive applications. The rapid speed of the communication enables both DAF trucks to drive even closer together. Furthermore, Wifi-P allows the drivers of the EcoTwin combinations to communicate with each other while driving. Everything that the driver in the first truck sees in front of him is projected onto a screen in the second truck (‘See Through’). By reducing the gap between truck combinations as far as possible and making the most of slipstreaming, fuel savings of up to 10% can be achieved in future, along with equivalent reductions in CO2 emissions. Furthermore, Truck Platooning will further enhance traffic safety, thanks to the combination of Wifi, radar and camera systems. Another benefit is the further improvement to the flow of traffic, because platooning trucks will not overtake each other. Moreover, technologies are being developed that will enable passenger vehicles to join the traffic or leave the motorway safely and responsibly. Daimler. Daimler is participating in the challenge with Mercedes-Benz Actros Highway Pilot Connect trucks. (Earlier post.) Daimler first presented Highway Pilot in July 2014, in the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 study, followed by the first public road authorization for an autonomously driving truck in May 2015, for the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. Compared to the Highway Pilot, Highway Pilot Connect has the additional technical function for electronic vehicle docking. Communication between vehicles is made possible by an onboard telematics platform. A specific V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) communication module using a special WiFi standard reserved exclusively for automotive enables direct data transfer between the trucks. Highway Pilot Connect uses this for a constant exchange of information with other trucks and the environment. Because of their technology, all the members of such a platoon continue to be autonomously driving trucks. They are able to maintain their direction independently of the vehicle ahead, and thanks to their combination of linear and lateral guidance, they can react to unexpected situations at any time. This also applies if other vehicles cut into or leave the platoon’s space. In this case the vehicle can smoothly disengage from the platoon and continue alone in autonomous mode. The driver does not need to intervene. MAN. The platoon only forms on the motorway following confirmation from both drivers. The longitudinal control of the vehicle behind is activated and slowly reduces the distance to the vehicle in front down to the platooning distance. The two trucks are now synchronized and travel at a defined distance, with continuous monitoring of sensor readings and the functioning of the vehicle communication. The platoon journey can be ended at any time by either driver via an un-coupling signal or by taking control of the driving. If possible, in the interests of fuel efficiency, the distance is adjusted to the legally prescribed distance without interventions in the brake system. Platoon journeys with a reduced minimum gap of less than one second apart require secure vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Key driving functions such as accelerating and braking torques are transferred instantaneously from the vehicle in front to the vehicle behind. When supported by further sensors, this enables synchronous slipstreaming for both vehicles with a positive impact on fuel efficiency. MAN uses a standard developed in the Car-2-Car Communication Consortium for automotive WLAN (ITS-G5). This technology features instantaneous and direct communication, thus fulfilling the requirement for networked vehicles. Scania. Scania will send off three extra-long trucks on 29 March. For the leg between Södertälje and Malmö in Sweden, the Scania truck and trailer combinations will be driven with an extra trailer, taking their total individual lengths to 32 meters. Volvo. The Volvo Group will participate by driving three trucks in a platoon from Gothenburg to Rotterdam in the Netherlands via Denmark, Germany and Belgium. Volvo, in cooperation with the Swedish Transport Administration and the City of Gothenburg, will arrange a seminar in Gothenburg in conjunction with the start of the journey to address the potential to enhance the efficiency of transportation through platooning and autonomous driving. A similar seminar will be arranged by Volvo Trucks in Brussels. EU Truck Platooning Challenge is an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment within the framework of the EU presidency.