As you approach a slope in the new Volvo FH, I-See is recalling information about its gradients in order to manage your speed and gear changes with maximum efficiency. The technology is a major breakthrough in fuel saving technology.
“If the truck hasn’t driven the road before it simply downloads the data from the I-See cloud,” explains Anders Eriksson. “And if the information is missing there, the truck will remember the gradients while you are driving and upload them – so they’re in the database for next time. This way you will soon have access to all the fuel saving data you could possibly need.”
I-See works out how to make the most of the hill’s kinetic energy and passes this on to the intelligent transmission, I-Shift. In all, it carries out six different manoeuvres to reduce fuel consumption. For instance, it accelerates in time to use as much gravity as possible – avoiding unnecessary use of the engine.
“This is the type of thing skilled drivers already do. But if you’re driving a truck for eight hours, you’re not likely to do it in quite the same way. With I-See managing the slopes you can concentrate on other aspects of the drive instead,” says Anders Eriksson.
Together with the cruise control’s most efficient setting, fuel consumption can be reduced on stretches where I-See is used. How much this amounts to depends on how much you use I-See. And since it’s self teaching, no maps or updates are needed. This, too, saves money.