THE DATA BANK
To keep the vehicle updated on the hills ahead, I-See uses GPRS technology/3G to download the data needed for the closest hills in your driving direction. If the truck approaches a hill which is not yet in the database, it will record and save the necessary data to its working memory. The information is then automatically uploaded to the I-See database so that it is available for the next I-See user. In this way it’s possible for each truck to achieve maximum fuel savings from its first assignment in any given area.
SAVES THE 3500 MOST PRIORITIZED HILLS
Even without an active SIM card, I-See is capable of saving fuel in the same way for all of the hills stored in its working memory. And as it saves the 3500 most prioritized hills based on fuel savings and driving frequency, most trucks running regular routes will be able to achieve maximum fuel savings as soon as each maiden voyage has been completed.
I-See is able to optimise fuel efficiency by working hand in hand with both the I-Shift transmission and the engine. The truck’s communication platform, Telematic Gateway, is responsible for passing on the gradient data between the truck and the I-See database. Anders Eriksson, the developer of I-See at Volvo Trucks, explains: “Because it knows the gradients of the road ahead it can tell the engine and I-Shift transmission what to do to take maximum advantage of the kinetic energy. In this way I-See mimics the driving patterns of a good driver. But even the best driver can’t keep this up for hours on end.”
WHEN THE BANK OPENS
I-See is available with Euro 5 and Euro 6 drivelines and all vehicles ordered with I-See will have the extended functionality of the I-See database, which means there will soon be access to untold fuel savings for Volvo customers. Or as Anders Eriksson says: “Major roads should be mapped just weeks or even days after launch. So every truck with I-See can start saving fuel without delay.’’