• 27-JUN-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Trucks

New I-See from Volvo Trucks Cuts Haulage Firms' Fuel Bills

Volvo Trucks – I-See: Saves up to 5 percent fuel when driving in hills
The truck industry is searching high and low for solutions that cut fuel consumption. One method is to use the vehicle's kinetic energy to propel the truck. Now Volvo Group under the brand Volvo has developed I-See, which operates like an autopilot and takes over gearchanging and utilises gradients to save fuel.

Kinetic energy is the mechanical work needed to reduce an object's speed to zero. When an object in motion is slowed down, its kinetic energy has to be transformed into some other form of energy. When a vehicle brakes, its kinetic energy is converted into heat. Many manufacturers in the automotive world are now examining solutions for harnessing kinetic energy instead of releasing it as surplus heat.

The self-learning driving system I-See, which can cut fuel consumption by up to five percent when driving in hills. I-See is linked to the transmission's tilt sensor and obtains information about the topography digitally. The fact that the system is not dependent on maps makes it more dependable since it always obtains the very latest information. I-See can recall about 4000 gradients, corresponding to a distance of 5000 kilometres. The system will hit the market during 2013.

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