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New Scania R-series: Real time advice saves fuel

“Scania Driver Support encourages all truck drivers to improve their driving,” says Claes Åkerlund, the man in charge of Scania’s global driver training. And an improved driving style saves fuel.

Hauliers have to keep down rising fuel costs at the same time that they maximise efficiency and maintain safety. Driving style is crucial in achieving this, accounting for as much as 40 percent of a haulier’s costs. Well-trained drivers can help the company save large sums by using a gentler, safer driving style while also reducing the vehicle’s environmental impact.

Scania Driver Support is a useful support to drivers who are trying to achieve a more economical driving style. The system continuously analyses data from various sensors on the vehicle to monitor the driver’s performance.

“Scania Driver Support encourages all drivers to improve their driving,” says Claes Åkerlund, the man in charge of Scania’s global driver training. “The best results are achieved if use of the system is combined with thorough driver training. Then drivers will more easily embrace the advice they get and will find it easier to maintain their improved driving style.”

During a road trip, Scania Driver Support serves as a computerised personal coach that evaluates events along the road and provides suggestions for improvements in the following areas: hill-driving, brake usage, anticipation, and choice of gears.

After each trip, Scania Driver Support can provide a summary of a driver’s techniques as well as advice on training needs.

On display. The Scania Driver Support system analyses the performance of the driver and suggests how to further improve driving.

On display. The Scania Driver Support system analyses the performance of the driver and suggests how to further improve driving.

A challenge. Field test driver Lars Åström says he works to get the highest possible rating from Scania Driver Support system.

A challenge. Field test driver Lars Åström says he works to get the highest possible rating from Scania Driver Support system.