In keeping with the brand
promise of ‘Partnering Prosperity’ and developing a strong connect with the
next generation fleet owners and stakeholders, Eicher Trucks & Buses has
conceptualised #EicherNayiSoch 360 degree brand initiative. ‘Nayi Soch’ in
Hindi language means “A new way of thinking”.
Eicher’s new philosophy
#EicherNayiSoch is aimed at building a strong emotional connect and strengthen
Eicher’s image as a premium and modern brand in the commercial vehicle
industry. Eicher wants to use this platform to showcase this new brand
philosophy, and inspire all their stakeholders to embrace this progressive
It is a comprehensive and collaborative multi-stakeholder initiative to highlight select people and situations that are driven by ‘progressive thinking’ and connect with the power of ‘nayi soch’.
Today’s trucking industry is rapidly evolving and all the key stakeholders - fleet owners, mechanics and drivers want to approach business very differently, inculcating new dimensions and systems to create new levels of efficiency, growth and rewards. Eicher has developed its entire range of next-gen Pro Series of Heavy Duty trucks and innovative support solutions to complement and enhance ‘nayi soch’ in the industry.
With this brand new initiative, Eicher plans to commemorate the real heroes of the Indian growth story, who think differently and have brought a societal change and empowered lives with their ‘Soch’. Through this philosophy, the company aims at forging long-term relationships with not just its customers, but all the relevant stakeholders of the trucking community.
Technology company Continental
will show visitors the future of the right-hand turn assistant for trucks at
the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition, which takes place from September
20 to 27, 2018 in Hanover, Germany. The driver assistant experts are working
intensively on future generations of the system – and Continental already
offers radar-based systems for series development in original equipment. Work
is also being done on appropriate retrofitting solutions. In the next few
years, these assistance systems will be even more effective by the additional
use of cameras, and subsequently through artificial intelligence.
Especially in city traffic it
can happen that trucks turning right at corners hit cyclists or pedestrians.
For that reason, demands are growing for the compulsory installation of
right-turn assistants in trucks. However, EU-wide legislation is not expected
for at least a few years. This is why countries like Germany rely on the
voluntary commitment of the automotive and transport industries to install
right-turn assistants ex works or to retrofit trucks – and these systems are
already very popular because they help to prevent a great number of accidents.
Continental’s intensive work on the further development of the right-turn
assistant not only increases road safety but is also aimed at preventing false
alarms for drivers in the future.
Three generations of safety – from radar to camera to artificial intelligence
Modern assistance systems,
such as those which Continental already offers for original equipment, can warn
commercial vehicle drivers when a pedestrian or cyclist is in a blind spot. A
radar-based system like this determines the position of road users and
calculates the time until a possible collision will occur. The second
generation of the right-turn assistant will be even more efficient. It will
distinguish dangerous and non-hazardous situations with greater accuracy, and
to achieve this, the radar-based system will be expanded to include cameras. In
just a few years, the right-turn assistant will be able to interpret even
complex and unpredictable traffic situations accurately and warn the driver.
Automatic emergency braking is also technically feasible. Gesture recognition
is one of the systems used for this. It uses machine learning, artificial
neural networks and imaging techniques to detect an approaching cyclist much
earlier than was previously possible. Artificial intelligence also tells the
right-turn assistant in which direction a pedestrian or cyclist is likely to
“Make the digital leap!” Continental presents innovations for the leap
into the digital age
The Continental Innovation
Truck, a demonstration vehicle, already has a system with gesture recognition
installed – and this system will be available to the series market in just a
few years. Visitors to the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover can see both
generations of these systems in the Innovation Truck on the open-air grounds
and at Continental booth B11/A06 in Hall 17.
In line with the Continental
slogan, “Make the digital leap!”, the technology company will show how the
transport industry is making the leap to digitalization – and at the same time
creating an entirely new kind of efficiency potential. The focus will be on the
individual challenges faced by urban transport, the fleet office and
long-distance transport – Continental
will showcase a broad variety of solutions addressing these challenges. The
technology company’s motto for the 2016 IAA was “Tradition. Trust.
Transformation” – and Continental, remaining true to these 3T’s, will be
showing visitors that a leap into the digital world can create real
opportunities… and lead to more success.
In view of the rapidly growing
volume of urban traffic, it is becoming increasingly important to reduce
emissions and accidents. Continental’s answers to this issue promote
sustainable urban transport, helping to bring us closer to “Vision Zero” (zero
road deaths). The right-turn assistant is just one of many examples here. On
long-haul routes, legislative safety features – in response to the increasing
number of serious truck accidents – and stricter emission guidelines are
proving to be a challenge for manufacturers. And transport companies also have
to keep their fuel costs under control and maximize their operating times.
Efficiency is also the keyword in the fleet office. Faced by tough competition
and relatively small margins, any trucking company that wants to hold its own needs
a digital control center that also uses real-time data. With its digital
expertise and its broad portfolio of tires, air springs, drive technology,
driver assistance systems and fleet management solutions, Continental offers
the technologies that will lead to success in the commercial vehicle world –
and will meet the industry’s increasing demands.
Dana Incorporated launched its
new Spicer 175 series single drive axle, offering the industry’s lowest numeric
gear ratio, 1.95:1, for optimum engine downspeeding. The axle is ideal for
European heavy-duty vehicles and is well suited for various global
applications, including North American linehaul trucks.
The Spicer 175 series is
Dana’s most efficient and reliable single heavy-duty drive axle and is
supported by a host of performance-optimizing features, including a
differential case design with a premium integrated ring gear for reduced weight
and oil churning losses, and precision AdvanTEK gearing for improved
efficiency. Weighing 27 kilograms less than previous products, the Spicer 175
series maximizes freight tonnes per kilometer and is approved for up to 52
tonnes gross combination weight rating.
“Dana engineering teams are continuously
innovating to enhance vehicle performance and optimize up-time for applications
anywhere in the world,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle
Driveline Technologies. “The Spicer 175 series incorporates established Spicer
axle design elements while adding pioneering features to further advance
vehicle efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership,” he added.
Offering a broad range of gear
ratios, from an industry-low 1.95:1 to 3.42:1, the Spicer 175 series features
Spicer High-Power Density AdvanTEK technology to support engines up to 600 hp
and 2,750 Nm of torque. The new axle also includes high-strength pinion
bearings, which allow for greater lifespan under heavy loads. An autonomous
lube management system requires less lube while utilizing a patent-pending
meter to optimize the amount of lube flow to the high-efficiency bearings.
The new heavy-duty single
drive axle series can also be paired with the Spicer SPL 250 and 350
driveshafts, which are designed to meet the durability requirements for faster
axle ratios and lower engine speeds. Also available for use with the Spicer 175
series single axle are the Spicer Compact™ Series Plus 2060 and 2065
driveshafts, featuring a weight reduction of up to 10 percent and the potential
to increase the life of the driveshaft by as much as 25 percent.
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