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VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

STAY SAFE, WORK EASILY AND SAVE FUEL

Scania cabs are designed, first and foremost, for safety. On top of this, we add generations of testing in ergonomics, aerodynamics and reliability – all to ensure the best possible driving environment, inside and out.

EFFICIENT DRIVING

SCANIA OPTICRUISE

An automated gear changing system benefits drivers and operators in several ways. Besides improving comfort and eliminating the need to watch revs and change gears, it enables the driver to devote more attention to handling the vehicle and to other traffic.

The gearchanging strategy is designed to adapt to the environment continually by taking factors such as road inclination, trailer weight and engine characteristics into account. As well as rocking mode, clutch overload warning system and manoeuvre mode that will serve as good companions during the journey.

To meet the customers demand on a premium gearshift Scania's new Opticruise features high gearshift speed in combination with excellent comfort.

RETARDER

Scania’s retarder lets the driver appreciate the powerful, yet smooth, effect of a hydraulic retarder. Besides comfort and a relaxing drive, it also provides savings by reducing the need for normal brake system maintenance. We normally recommend to use a retarder when vehicles are operating on hilly roads or braked frequently at higher speeds in flat topography.

ACTIVE PREDICTION

Combining Opticruise with Scania's active prediction will enable you to save even more fuel because the system uses GPS to predict the topography of the road ahead, then adjusts the cruise speed before an ascent or descent accordingly. The system has been proven to save up to 2 percent of fuel with less than a two-minute loss during a full day’s driving.

DRIVER SUPPORT

On the dashboarh the drivers receive live feedback from Scania's Driver Support tool, showing drivers how braking, acceleration and gear-shifting affect fuel consumption and road safety.

ERGONOMICS AND COMFORT

CLIMB IN, RELAX AND FOCUS ON WHAT YOU DO BEST

The driving position in a Scania cab will suit everybody. A wide range of adjustments gives maximum scope for drivers to find exactly the right position for a comfortable, relaxed posture. With a firm grip on the wheel, every principal control is within fingertip reach. The steering column position is also adjustable. Visibility around the vehicle requires no more than small movements of the head if not a mere flick of the eyes.

The distinctive curved Scania dashboard is available in two lengths, according to the amount of equipment you want in your truck. Everything fits perfectly, and is placed with extreme care.

AERODYNAMICS

Wind-tunnel testing is used to refine every surface, every curve and every piece of exterior equipment for optimal aerodynamic performance. The overall shape of the cab is also designed this way. A gradually tapered front end gives the cab a wedge-shaped profile that significantly reduces drag.

Another key factor in airflow optimisation is the cab’s ability to cope with cross-winds. The large radius curves around the entirety of the cab help to achieve this while reducing road spray and internal wind noise.

For a final, but optional aerodynamic touch, side and roof air deflectors may also be attached to the cab. The new generation trucks comes with improved roof and side air deflectors, as well as an improved cab front design that reduces air drag.

Extensive aerodynamic testing, contributes to good fuel economy

CAB SAFETY

YOU’RE ALWAYS IN GOOD HANDS

Active safety is all about making the driving of your truck as secure as possible, with the aim of minimising road risks, collisions and other incidents that could lead to injury. Active safety is centred around giving the driver better feedback and control. To this end, we at Scania are constantly at work to improve visibility, handling, braking and stability.

Passive safety focuses on design aspects that minimise the consequences resulting from a collision – consequences that affect the driver and the occupants of other vehicles. This includes structural integrity, instrument positioning and dispersion of impact forces.

The new cab structure offer an outstanding crash performance but it also significantly reduces the risk of a car ending up under the vehicle in the event of a collision. Plus, new rollover airbags have been installed to protect  ccupants from side impacts, and the roof hatch has been enlarged to serve as an emergency exit.

VISIBILITY

SEE IT BEFORE IT HAPPENS

A Scania cab offers panoramic views to the front and sides. This provides drivers with unobstructed, long-range visibility of both the road and approaching obstacles. For full close- and long-range rear views, each cab is also fitted with large, well-positioned and adjustable mirrors. As an advanced alternative, camera systems with full-frontal display monitors are available for an even wider and more centred field of vision.

When driving at night, automatically levelling halogen headlights, directions indicators, position lights and side indicators improve safety for everyone on the road. High-mounted spot lamps above the windscreen are incorporated into the sun shield, while auxiliary lighting includes fog and spot lamps for adverse weather conditions.

The new cab design improves visibility considerably, both on the highways and when operating at low speeds. Slimmer A-pillars, lower side windows, a lower instrument panel combined with the adjusted driver position all contribute to enhanced direct visibility for the driver.

QUALITY

CONSISTENTLY ENJOY HIGH RESIDUAL VALUES

One of several reasons for Scania’s cost benefits is the high and lasting quality of the cab. Every cab we build is the result of extreme structural strength, high-quality materials, comprehensive corrosion protection and a sheer, lasting finish.

The distinctive shape and imposing presence of a Scania cab is built around a tough, rigid steel cage. This structure has been thoroughly designed to withstand severe impacts – to protect the driver as well as to reduce damage on surrounding vehicles in the event of a collision.

The result of painstaking attention to detail is a cab of genuine quality that can, and will, withstand years of daily use as well as the inevitable occasional abuse.