Driver training and coaching help pinpoint new ways to improve efficiency and safety for drivers and other road users.
In first-generation drivers assistant systems, Scania is developing functionality that allows drivers and their offices to increase efficiency and safety and provide feedback on driving performance.
All new long-haulage trucks are equipped with Scania Driver Support. Visible to the driver, the system gives real-time feedback on driving performance and makes an accumulated assessment of driving style. Tips and scores are displayed in four categories in the instrument cluster, including factors that influence safety, such as braking and anticipation.
Scania was first to offer a personal coaching programme, Scania Driver Coaching, to raise drivers’ skills based on their own driving performance. Vehicle performance data is not only used in coaching sessions; it also helps Scania customise a maintenance program. The coaching is based on monthly reports and one-on-one dialogue between driver and coach. During 2014, 25,000 driver coaching sessions were completed.
Look to the future
Empowered by connectivity, second-generation drivers assistant systems offer even greater opportunities. Via this breakthrough technology, it will be possible for trucks and buses to communicate with other vehicles on the road, and also with infrastructure such as road signs and traffic lights, helping drivers avoid dangerous situations and traffic jams.
During 2015, Scania provided training to some 30,000 drivers across multiple markets. Improved driving techniques can raise fuel efficiency levels by about 10 percent, save costs, reduce emissions, cut wear and tear on tyres and parts and help the powertrain consume less lubricating oil. Research also shows that driver fatigue can account for up to one in five serious accidents on motorways. Training goes a long way towards raising awarenessand reducing these risks.
While most providers of driver training focus on the technical aspects of improved efficiency and road safety in Europe, Scania’s programme offering is global. Scania’s training also addresses behaviour and attitudes, aimed at influencing their choices and responsibilities on health and safety – spanning from ergonomics to HIV/Aids – and the environment.