Designing new hardware
However, to store and analyze the collected data imposes a challenge.
- Trucks work hard in a variety of environments. The logger must endure extreme temperatures and be very resistant to shock and vibrations. We collaborate with Chalmers University of Technology and Volvo Cars to develop the hardware needed, says Karsten Heinig.
80 trucks collecting tons of data
Each truck will collect up to 1 gigabyte of data for every hour in service. And each vehicle is expected to be on duty for an average of 40 to 50 hours per week during the full year.
With 80 trucks monitored, more than 70 000 000 megabytes of data will be available when the field test is over.
Efficient analysis tools
Analysis of vehicle and sensor data, as well as some video analysis, will be automated.
- We will use software to analyze the location of the driver's head and facing direction, as well as the pitch and roll of the driver's eyes, Karsten Heinig explains.
Video analysis is often crucial to identify potentially dangerous situations and maneuvers.
- Incidents and near crashes are very hard to detect using vehicle data only. So information regarding weather, traffic density and other factors revealed by the videos will be manually or semi-automatically coded, Karsten Heinig adds.
A euroFOT network has been formed within the Volvo Group to make sure that the company gets as much knowledge as possible out of the field test. The set-up involves Volvo Technology, Volvo 3P, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Logistics, and Volvo Powertrain.
Also, the network relies on experiences from previous field operational tests carried out by Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks.