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Scania has launched a new connectivity service, Scania One, designed to enhance transport efficiency for its customers.
According to the company, Scania One is an open environment hosting connected services for fleet owners and drivers. The new system provides "coherent and simple access to efficiency-enhancing services", giving fleet owners and drivers access to the most relevant connected services that can simplify and improve their respective transport assignments.
“Through digitalisation there is a tremendous potential to eliminate waste in the transport system,” President and CEO of Scania, Henrik Henriksson, said at this week’s 2017 Mobile World Congress in Spain, where the truck brand joined telecommunications provider Ericsson in launching the product.
“This is about creating value. And connectivity is needed since the fill rate of trucks in Europe only averages 60 per cent. That isn’t good for the environment and not good for our customers.
“We use real time data to optimise the flow and predict for the specific route and for the specific customer how to get the most out of each vehicle.”
In addition, the 'Check before drive' service included in Scania One assists drivers in examining trucks and trailers before taking off on assignments. “That can save one to two hours per day for a transport company,” Henriksson said. “This may not seem a lot but considering the low margin in the industry, it can make a significant difference.
The launch of the Scania One comes on the back of the Swedish truck manufacturer reporting that 2,000 vehicles in Australia are already connected online, of a total of 250,000 vehicles worldwide.
“We used to belong to the heavy commercial vehicles industry. Now we belong to the ecosystem of transport,” Henriksson added.
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