The system monitors driving ability in four different areas. Anticipatory driving is gauged from the interplay between gas and brakes. The tilt sensor and the gas pedal reveal whether the driver is handling momentum and moving mass appropriately. The third area is the evaluation of the driver’s choice of gear. Additionally, the computer oversees brake behavior and the operation of the auxiliary brake system. “Ease off the gas,” the system recommends shortly before the truck reaches the hilltop of the fjord road in Fauske. Åström promptly follows the advice. The computer then praises him for his smart, fuel-efficient driving style: “Well done!” At the same time, the driver rating percentage on the display rises by two points. “It’s a bit like a sport,” Åström grins, “I’m always trying to get the best possible rating.” For a haulage company like Åström’s, transport efficiency is a top priority. In view of climbing fuel costs and predicted further legal restrictions on permitted emissions, he is only too aware that an optimized driving procedure quite simply means bigger profits. Well-trained drivers who know how to use fuel-efficient driving methods are quite literally worth their weight in gold for the firm. Aided by the Driver Support system, Åström himself can reduce consumption by around eleven percent. “I would never have thought that even a pro like me could find so many more ways to make savings,” he says proudly.
Left: ON THE ROAD FOR 30 YEARS – Lars Åström takes even longer trips completely in his stride. This time, he is carrying freshly caught Arctic salmon.
Middle: KING OF THE ROAD – A panel of expert judges voted the Scania R as the “International Truck of the Y ear 2010.”
Right: ALWAYS IN VIEW – Lars Åström’s electronic driving trainer takes pride of place right in the middle of his central display.
MARKED REDUCTION IN CO2 EMISSIONS
Experts at Scania have made a projection of this saving potential for haulage companies. The result: For a hauler operating 20 HGVs, each with a mileage of 120,000 kilometers per year, proper implementation of the Scania Driver Support system could lead to a 200-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions, and savings of more than €66,000. And another advantage: Unlike ordinary fuel-efficiency training programs, the savings effect here does not diminish over time, because the computer coach is constantly present and at the ready.
Åström would be loathe to part with his Driver Support system: “My little partner keeps on presenting me with new challenges,” he says, as the cranes in Oslo harbor dot the horizon. He is looking forward to getting to his destination. After 27 hours and 12 minutes – even quicker than the navigation system calculated – he delivers his cargo of salmon.
Cause for celebration: the V8 turns 40
With its unique sound, the legendary Scania V8 is a classic. It was in 1969 that the eight-cylinder engine first wowed the industry with its 14-liter displacement and impressive 350 PS. Since then, development has gone from strength to strength. Already at the beginning of the 1990s, the engine delivered 500 PS with electronic fuel injection. Scania set another milestone in 2000, when the engine achieved an output of 580 PS with a displacement of over 16 liters.
A further highlight came in 2009, when the V8 celebrated its 40th anniversary. The present version of this legendary engine hits the road with an output of 650 PS. Engine development has always been backed up by state-of-the-art technology. It is no coincidence that all performance levels of the Scania V8 excel through lower fuel consumption, outstanding torque and low emissions. Thanks to modern exhaust gas treatment, all V8 engines comply with the Euro 5 limits – making today’s Scania truck cleaner than ever.
In time for the 40th anniversary of the “King of the Road” last year, Scania presented a special offer for its fans: the exclusive V8 edition, which is limited to just 40 vehicles. This unique and distinctive tractor unit sports customized paintwork in Scania Deep Blue, a color specially created for the model.