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New Scania smart digital dashboard opens up new perspectives for drivers

Scania has unveiled its new digital dashboard Smart Dash that has a wide range of new benefits for drivers

Heavy vehicle Scania has unveiled a new digital dashboard Smart Dash that it says is opening the way to smarter, safer and better truck driving experiences for all kinds of drivers.

Its modular build and latest digital solutions ensure that Scania trucks offer a secure, connected and comforting atmosphere behind the wheel.

Scania says its drivers will have excellent control over their truck and surroundings, receiving discreet nudges from their smart truck companion whenever a hazard is anticipated or an action is requested.

“Apart from great overview and endless opportunities to individualise the driver station, our Smart Dash is also the leverage for increased communication and digitalisation in and around the truck,” Scania Trucks head and senior vice president Stefan Dorski says.

“Scania trucks can now be closely integrated with everything from the fleet management system to the actual driving environment and an array of cloud-based services for improved safety, uptime and productivity.”

Dorski says the Smart Dash is the latest jigsaw piece in Scania’s quest for transforming the transport industry, making it smart and sustainable.

 The new dash looks a bit different than this old 1976 Scania model

The brand says there are limitless opportunities to individualise the driving experience while always having the latest data and information available.

Scania says its Smart Dash represents the latest advance in human and machine interface solutions for driver stations in heavy trucks. The driver chooses which information to display or omit and the whole set-up is made for being intuitive and user-friendly with a smart mix of physical and digital controls that offers overview and peace of mind, without cognitive overload.

The Smart Dash driver station always includes two displays: the Driver Display in front of the driver and the Centre Information Display (a touch screen that is available in two sizes – 10’1 or 12’9 inches). The driver can give input via the touch screen, by pushing buttons or by voice steering.

Scania has settled for a balanced mix between physical and digital controls, steering away from the common mistake of hiding vital functions one or two levels down in a menu.

“The most well-used functions should of course be readily available,” Scania Trucks product manager Eduardo Landeo says.

 

“It is all about offering the drivers the best possible experience and making sure that new technology always supports the drivers rather than annoying them or bringing cognitive overload. Or even, in the worst-case scenarios, create situations where their focus wanders from the road and direct vision to adjust basic things such as the interior temperature.”

Scania’s latest truck generation offers many safety functions as standard when sold on European markets. Other functions are optional and actually go beyond the legal minimum standards.

One example is Scania’s Advanced Emergency Braking for Vulnerable Road Users (AEB VRU); instead of just warning that there is a pedestrian in front of the truck, the vehicle also does the actual braking when necessary.

“With this introduction, we open up a digital and connected spectrum that will benefit drivers as well as fleet owners and fleet managers,” Landeo says.

“Smart and safe trucks will bring increased productivity, fewer accidents and safer drivers. The driver will experience that theirs working tool really supports them, providing everything from information about the truck itself and possible hazards to general guidance and their favourite pods with crystal-clear sound.”

“No matter how experienced or careful a driver is, with all the time they spend on the roads there will always come a day when he or she is eternally grateful for the alert from one of the warning systems.”

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