TomTom’s ADAS Maps could reduce up to 5% fuel consumption in trucks

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Amsterdam-based location technology company TomTom, Bosch and Daimler are jointly working on Daimler’s predictive powertrain control (PPC), an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), or smart cruise control, for commercial vehicles.

The latest generation of ADAS leverages data from the navigation map to anticipate the road ahead, allowing ADAS to make decisions like humans do. The TomTom ADAS Map content provides highly accurate information, including: gradient, curvature and speed limits, backed by TomTom’s connected global coverage.

Trucks use TomTom’s ADAS Map and Bosch’s electronic horizon to automate driving functions on highways and, in Europe, on inter-urban roads too. The system leads to a fuel reduction of up to 5% per vehicle, which delivers lower CO2 emissions. The latest PPC technology is available in the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz Actros.

As the first smart cruise control system in commercial vehicles, PPC actively controls engine, brakes, and automated transmission. With TomTom’s ADAS map, the system is familiar with the topography, curvature, speed limit (including truck-specific speed limits) and traffic signs, meaning it can respond in a manner that delivers the most fuel-efficient performance.

Bosch’s electronic horizon is used to integrate knowledge of the road ahead into the driving strategy of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros. It provides required map data per ADAS protocol in a new and innovative way allowing relaxed, safe and efficient driving.

Antoine Saucier, managing director, TomTom Automotive, said: “The new PPC technology is using the TomTom ADAS Map to assist with driving functions on interurban roads, which not only delivers a safer, more comfortable ride but also significant fuel savings and a reduction in CO2 emissions.”

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