Scania trucks and buses manufacturer takes new steps in wearable technology by launching new tools to support drivers’ job: WICkit, a wireless instrument cluster recording the training sessions and Black Griffin smart wristwatch that collects information on variables including fuel consumption, driving efficiency and average speed, Scania Romania informs.
WICkit is a tablet application receiving wireless data from the Vehicle Communication Interface, so that the trainer gets real time information on the tablet, such as RPM meter, speedometer or fuel consumption. Based on this, the driver will be trained in changing and adjusting driver behaviours in real time in order to reach lower fuel consumption, avoid harsh breakings and decrease the environmental footprint etc.
As for Black Griffin, it is a Sony SmartWatch3 that can show fuel data, distance, driving time and, when connected to a SmartPhone (Android), gives easy access to calendar, calls, email and messages. The first version is being launched as a limited edition of 999 watches.
According to Mattias Lundholm, Vice President, Scania Connected Services and Solutions, the use of wearables is still in its early stages and market awareness is low. “However, we see exciting opportunities for connecting a wristwatch to the essential information obtainable from a truck’s technical systems, as well as to data from our system for real-time monitoring and analyses of truck fleets,” Lundholm said in a press release.
“We wanted to develop technology that allowed the Scania Watch to truly serve as a friend of the driver. Existing fleet management apps have primarily targeted transport companies and fleet operators. The Scania Watch, combined with the new app, takes the technology one step further and helps the driver in his or her daily work,” Scania’s Project Manager Jonas Svanholm added.