Since its launch in 2012, Volvo Trucks’ I-See has been able to help drivers save fuel when driving on hills, by analysing the topography and selecting the optimal gear and speed. Now the completely self-learning system has been further enhanced with the addition of cloud-based map data.
“By storing all the map data in the cloud, the updated I-See can download just the data it needs, when it is needed,” says Johan Axelsson, Powertrain Control Systems, Volvo Trucks. “This ensures that the maps are always up to date and more accurate. It also means that data are available for smaller roads, too.”
A comparison with the previous I-See version
Until now, I-See was best suited to long-haul drivers on main highways. However, with greater access to map data, this enables the new version to be used in more places and situations.
With the updated I-See’s improved coverage and functionality, fuel consumption can be reduced by a further one per cent. Other improvements include better integration with adaptive cruise control, which enables greater stability in gear selections.
“When you drive with the updated I-See, what will be most evident is the improved drivability,” adds Johan Axelsson. “The gear selections feel more stable and predictable and there is more rolling. And with the improved integration it is even possible to drive behind another vehicle and still be able to benefit from the system’s fuel savings.”