Starting on July 18th 2019, the EU-supported project optiTruck launched a real-life test of its innovative fuel optimisation module as part of a long-haul delivery mission across Europe. The project is aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions of Heavy-Duty Vehicles by up to 20%, and the international transport mission through Turkey, Greece and Italy will carry shipments for IKEA Transport & Logistics Services (Inter IKEA) and Electrolux in a baseline truck and a testbed truck equipped with the optiTruck Global Optimiser.

Two Ford F-Max Comfort Plus tractors with Otokar semi-trailers departed from Uşak, Turkey on July 18th carrying a shipment for IKEA Transport & Logistics Services (Inter IKEA), who supported optiTruck during the test phase. After taking the ferry from Igoumenitsa (GR) to Brindisi (IT), the drivers reached the IKEA logistics centre in Piacenza, near Milan, on July 23rd. For the return journey, optiTruck partnered with Electrolux: after loading cargo today at the Electrolux plant in Porcia (IT), near Treviso both trucks will travel back through Brindisi and Igoumenitsa, reaching Istanbul on the 30th July and completing a 5000km, 11-day journey through three countries.

Bringing together the most advanced technologies from powertrain control and ITS to improve fuel efficiency in heavy-duty road haulage, the optiTruck partners have created a global optimiser consisting of a set of dynamic, intelligent control and prediction components for effective powertrain management. Based on a predictive control system, the optiTruck global optimiser is expected to deliver a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 20% on a typical road transport mission for a 40t truck, while achieving Euro VI emission standards.

To develop the optimiser, optiTruck used Big Data analytics, cloud computing, predictive algorithms, electronic systems, embedded software, engine and after-treatment systems modelling, and vehicle modelling. The system develops a strategy for the best route and generates a velocity profile, using the information provided by new-generation navigation systems and big data analytics in the cloud, including predictive traffic and weather information, road topography and road network, and information about the transport mission. Inside the cabin, a smartphone-based interface provides the driver with optimal route and speed profiles, using on-board equipment and the connected Cloud Optimiser.

The objective of this experiment is to test and fine-tune the fuel optimiser, the driver interface, and the algorithms underpinning the system. Throughout the journey, sensors will record fuel consumption, urea consumption (AUS 32), CO2 and NOx emissions, as well as impact on driver workload and comfort.

“In addition to the ten Innovation Elements developed by optiTruck, our biggest challenge is to test the system with a real mission on this international route that will highlight the importance of our work” says Jean-Charles Pandazis, Project Coordinator for optiTruck.

The international testing has been coordinated by Codognotto Group, a global logistics operator with 1000 professionals and 50 offices located in more than 20 countries. Maurizio Codognotto, CEO, outlines that “it is extremely relevant that the stakeholders of the logistics sector support the research with their know-how and expertise in order to speed up the technological development. Cooperating in such a project is always difficult for business operators but we have found a full cooperative approach by our customers IKEA Transport & Logistics Services (Inter IKEA) and Electrolux, players which are always looking to increase their standards of corporate and environmental responsibility”.

We are very excited to add to our portfolio another sustainable solution in transport and continue our strong commitment of reducing emissions”, says Marcelo Marcal, Electrolux Logistics Purchasing Director BA Europe.

The results of this full-scale test will undergo analysis by project partners and will be presented to the public in late August – early September 2019: visit optitruck.eu for updates.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS

The optiTruck project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 713788.

Contact:
Hugo Roebroeck, optiTruck Dissemination Manager
ERTICO – ITS Europe
+32 (0)2 400 07 40
h.roebroeck@mail.ertico.com

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Map of the international test mission – visit http://u.osmfr.org/m/325602/ for an interactive map of the test route.

Project partners and shippers involved in the test drive

optiTruck project partners

Ford F-Max Comfort Plus tractor used in the test drive

The optiTruck team in Piacenza, Italy on July 25th, 2019

View of the driver interface showing the optimal speed profile and optimal route