A consortium initiated by Tructyre has won £1.2 million of funding for its “Pathway to Autonomous Commercial Vehicles” project. This project aims to develop “an innovative solution to monitor key information from the vehicle and predict safety risks based on analytics”. It builds on a prototype which monitors tyre pressures and temperatures in commercial vehicles, combined with always-on network connection.
Telematics expert, Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation) is getting behind BEN’s annual fundraising car rally Bangers4BEN for the very first time. To celebrate its support, Tracker is fitting complimentary battery-operated fleet telematics units to every car taking part. Friends, family and rival competitors will be able to keep track of the progress of participating teams here.
Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade, the provider of cars and insurance for young drivers, has commented on the calls from the IAM to overhaul the current driving test. He explains the best way to promote driver safety for young people is to encourage the wider use of black box technology.
The European Commission says reports that UK motorists will be monitored by ‘black box’ technology are “not true”, however although draft legislation for the eCall system has been approved, the commission may find convincing motorists of its purpose harder than it thinks.
Michelin has announced its intention to acquire all outstanding shares of Sascar, the leading Brazilian digital fleet management and freight security company. Michelin said that the acquisition would help to strengthen its global truck fleet telematics business, calling it an important growth area.
Direct Line for Business (DL4B) has officially launched DrivePlus Van, its new telematics App for van drivers that is free to download. Immediately available on both iPhone, iOS 6 and above, and Android 2.2 Froyo or later, the App enables van drivers to monitor driving behaviours, with the potential to save money on their insurance.
The Government should thoroughly examine ways to improve the safety of young drivers and their passengers, says PACTS, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. It welcomes the forthcoming Government green paper on young driver safety. Despite public and parliamentary concern, successive governments have not got to grips with the issue, according to a policy paper from PACTS, issued ahead of a debate in Parliament on road safety on Thursday 25 April.
Goodyear Dunlop’s dedicated truck tyre service provider, TruckForce has expanded its vehicle tracking system with the UK and Ireland’s largest telematics provider Ctrack, covering its entire fleet. The company says the deal will improve its operating efficiency, enhancing customer service.
Stoke-based bus and coach operator Bakers Coaches says trialling Michelin’s X Energy SaverGreen tyres is the next step in a series of fuel-saving initiatives it is undertaking. The company was awarded an Environmental Business Award for its commitment to reducing carbon emissions at local newspaper The Sentinel’s Business Awards ceremony in March 2011 for its pro-environmental activities. These include the construction of an eco-friendly operating centre in 2007 and recent fleet-wide installation of advanced GreenRoad vehicle telematics and Masternaught tracking technology.
While the top level executives at Continental AG, Schaeffler Group and the panel of banks they owe huge sums of money to slog it out over who will run the companies, for many who work within their subsidiaries it is business as usual. And while one of the fiercest battles in German corporate history rages at the upper echelons of the business, Conti’s in-car division is apparently doing something right. According to a report released today by Frost & Sullivan, Continental’s AutolinQ in-vehicle connectivity and infotainment platform is set to “revolutionise the automotive world, ushering in new business models that are simpler, more flexible, and better set to maximise payoffs for all players along the telematics value chain.” However, questions of connectivity, the overall selling model, cross industry collaboration and application types must be ironed out first.
Omitec, the UK’s leading independent diagnostic and test equipment manufacturer is attending Automechanika in Frankfurt Hall 8 Stand E0.8. Omitec will be talking to OE’s manufacturers about their bespoke automotive solutions including Engineering Development Tools, On Vehicle Electronics, Telematics, Automated Production Assembly & Test Solutions, Service Bay Solutions including Diagnostics and Information, Technical Authoring & Publications, and Vehicle Recycling Information.
(Akron/Tire Review) Wolfgang Winzer has joined Webb Wheel Products as the new president of its aftermarket business unit. Most recently, Winzer was vice president and general manager of Siemens VDO Automotive’s public transport telematics unit.
Webb Wheel Products manufactures hubs, brake drums, and rotors for medium and heavy-duty trucks, trailers and buses.
Continental Automotive Systems have shown off their smart technologies in an interactive display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. The display exhibits the company’s efforts to integrate active and passive safety systems, wireless and other “smart” technologies that make driving safer, more comfortable and fun.
At a ceremony during the North American International Auto Show General Motors praised Continental Automotive Systems for their overall excellence in supporting GM’s product.
Bo Andersson, GM’s vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply, said “GM strives to build the best cars and trucks in the world, and the leadership and employees of Continental Automotive Systems represent what it takes to make GM’s products successful.”
The CV and Automotive Trade Show is to support a major careers initiative through next year’s exhibition. The event will host a Skills Centre displaying a range of careers across the road transport and commercial vehicle industries. The scheme is intended to help cut skills shortages across the two related business sectors.