A smart map to optimise Mercedes’ hydrogen-powered trucks

smart map HERE
A smart map to optimise Mercedes’ hydrogen-powered trucks

Digital map maker HERE has signed an agreement with Bosch and Daimler Truck. The combination of driving assistance, location data and software will enable trucks to save energy, both on internal combustion engines and on future zero-emission models.

According to HERE, hydrogen was among the trends of 2024 at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. Nikola Motor was in attendance with its truck as well as Bosch, which showcased its H2 combustion engine.

This company is also involved in a system offered by Daimler Truck that provides tips on driving style, reduces stress and, above all, saves energy. The Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) system is based on sensors from the driving aids, ultra-precise map data from HERE and a software from Bosch that makes it possible to benefit from what is known as the Connected Horizon. In other words, it’s all about anticipating changes in direction and possible dangers by taking account of map updates and real-time alerts transmitted via the cloud.

A smart map to save energy

Simply put, this system recommends the right speed to the driver, depending on traffic and road characteristics. Trucks powered by combustion engines can save up to 5% in fuel consumption. As for electric vehicles, efficiency is improved through a longer range. Already used on the Mercedes e-Actros 600, the PPC system may also be applied to the production version of the Gen H2 at a later date. Whether they are battery electric or fuel cell powered, or even powered by a combustion engine burning e-fuels or hydrogen, future trucks will benefit from electronic supervision to reduce fuel consumption.

Want to know more about hydrogen player Daimler Trucks check out our articles here.

Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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