Simplifying Business – MAN Truck & Bus at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 (Corporate Press Kit)
Commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus presents its innovations to the world at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 – under the trade show motto “Simplifying Business”.
- From 3 - 26 tonnes: MAN showcases electric trucks for urban traffic
- World première of the electrically driven MAN eTGE van
- MAN presents the concept of an uncompromising, sustainable city truck with electric-drive – the CitE
- Platooning reduces CO2 emissions and ensures noticeably more safety on the motorway
- MAN presents MAN DigitalServices, the first digital services tailored for MAN vehicles
- MAN is transforming itself from commercial vehicle manufacturer to supplier of intelligent and sustainable transport solutions
“We help our customers to make their business simpler, more profitable, more sustainable and future-proof.”
“Electric mobility, digitalisation, autonomous driving – many of our customers want to be more informed when it comes to these topics. At the IAA we want to provide simple answers to complex questions,” says Joachim Drees, Chairman of the Executive Board at MAN Truck & Bus AG. “To do so, we create solutions tailored to the needs of our customers and help them to make their businesses simpler, more profitable, more sustainable and future-proof.” MAN has therefore developed new vehicles and is also introducing digital solutions to the specialist audience in Hanover. These digital solutions help to optimise vehicle analysis and maintenance management, for example.
“The future of goods and passenger transport in the city is electric.”
At the IAA, MAN showcased the MAN eTGE, a battery-electric version of the new MAN van, in addition to a fully electric distribution truck, the MAN eTGM. MAN is one of the first manufacturers to present fully electric solutions for the entire field of city logistics between 3 and 26 tonnes. Joachim Drees believes this is the most important application area for electrically driven commercial vehicles: “Urban areas are the best stage for e-trucks to demonstrate their strengths. They are emissions-free locally, and thus contribute to improving the air quality in cities. They are also very quiet, which means in the future, for example, delivering to supermarkets could be done at night – day-time traffic could be reduced. We believe that the future of goods and passenger transport in the city is electric”.
Joachim Drees presents the MAN CitE.
The trade show highlight is the MAN CitE, an electrically driven city truck full of new ideas and creative solutions. The 15-tonne vehicle (which was only developed in just 18 months) was uncompromisingly designed for inner city distribution transport.
Due to the fact that delivery drivers in urban areas can enter and exit their vehicles up to 30 times a day, the CitE has an unusually low entry height and especially wide doors; the co-driver's door opens at the press of a button. The cockpit is ergonomic perfection, affording the driver an excellent panoramic view due to a low seat position and large side windows.
Additionally, the CitE employs a 360-degree camera system to provide the greatest possible level of safety and to eliminate dangerous blind spots. The CitE is purely electrically driven. It has a range of 100 kilometres – more than enough for delivery transport in the city.
Joachim Drees says: “The CitE is more than a vehicle concept; it’s our answer to the requirements of goods transport in the city.”
Even for city buses, the path clearly leads to them being electrically driven. This is the reason why MAN has formed development partnerships with locations including Munich, Hamburg, Wolfsburg and Luxembourg – to allow daily experiences to be incorporated into series development. A close-to-series prototype of the MAN Lion’s City E is also making its début at this year’s IAA.
The electric bus is driven by a central motor on the driven axle, which allows space for an optimised seating area in the rear, providing the bus with up to four additional seats.
The batteries are crash-proof, located on the roof to save space, allow for a range of up to 270 kilometres and can be charged in just three hours.
The next step takes place in 2020, when a demo fleet of electric buses will be tested in different European cities in every day use, before series production of the battery-electric version of the new MAN Lion’s City will finally begin. This comprehensive testing ensures that the vehicles are highly reliable, as is needed for public transport.
“Platooning reduces CO2 emissions and ensures noticeably more safety on the motorway.”
The truck platooning developed by MAN is already undergoing practical testing. An electronic drawbar connects two or more trucks together here; the first truck determines the speed and direction, the truck behind automatically follows at a very short distance of only about 10-15 metres. The convoy saves up to ten per cent in fuel by using slipstreams. There is also a driver in the following vehicle so that, if required, they can intervene and override the system. “Platooning significantly reduces CO2 emissions and also ensures noticeably more safety on the motorway. It only takes 5 milliseconds for the electronic system of the following truck to react to the brake impulse of the vehicle in front – faster than any human can. This technology has the potential to significantly reduce the number of serious rear-end collisions on the motorway,” says Drees.
Since the end of June, an MAN platoon has been carrying out trips on the A9 motorway between Munich and Nuremberg as part of a pilot project. Together with DB Schenker, the commercial vehicle manufacturer is testing how this technology performs in real road traffic. The field trial is being monitored by the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, which is investigating the effects on the drivers.
The automatic emergency braking assistant (which can no longer be deactivated in trucks and buses/coaches as standard) provides increased safety, along with the camera monitor system which allows drivers to make turns more easily and is expected to prevent serious accidents due to blind spots.
The MAN aFAS system, which was shown at the TRATON stand at the trade show, has already proven its implementation-readiness. Due to repeated, serious rear-end collisions on motorways involving rolling safety vehicles, MAN has digitally linked two vehicles, so that the rear safety vehicle can be operated without a driver.
“MAN is transforming itself from commercial vehicle manufacturer to supplier of intelligent and sustainable transport solutions.”
Digital innovations are a focus of MAN’s trade show appearance. “MAN is transforming itself from commercial vehicle manufacturer to supplier of intelligent and sustainable transport solutions,” says Joachim Drees. This is why MAN founded the digital brand RIO in 2016, to connect the world of transportation through an open, cloud-based platform, thereby making it more efficient as well as more environmentally friendly. In order to emphasise the multi-manufacturer-compatible and open approach, RIO has been its own, independent brand under the TRATON GROUP umbrella since 2017.
Building on this platform, MAN offers its customers the first digital solutions tailored to MAN vehicles under the name “MAN DigitalServices”. In the future, this will allow MAN customers to receive real-time and location-independent insights into the vehicle data and analyses derived from said data, allowing for recommendations for action to be created which are specific to them and their vehicles. MAN has introduced additional services for optimising the vehicle analysis and maintenance management at the IAA 2018. With RIO as a strategic partner, MAN customers benefit from digital vehicle services; fleet management is simplified for them, and their businesses made more profitable. Operators of mixed fleets will also receive a uniform basis of digital logistics services for the entire fleet – regardless of vehicle brand.
MAN Innovations at the IAA 2018
The industry trade fair takes place every two years in Hanover. In addition to current product highlights in the truck and bus sector, MAN was particularly focussed on introducing developments in the fields of electric mobility, digitalisation and autonomous driving.
Lion electrifies: MAN CitE sets the benchmark in delivery of the City
At the IAA 2018, MAN Truck & Bus is presenting the MAN CitE that has been designed specifically for city cargo traffic. The 15 ton vehicle is characterised by its ergonomic design with very low access, continuous level driver cab floor and easy accessibility. The low sitting position, generous glass surfaces as well as assisting cameras also provide an all-around safe view of the surrounding traffic situations for the driver and passenger. The new electric truck concept that was created in only 18 months sets the benchmark in work place ergonomics, safety and sustainability in city distribution transport.
- MAN will be showing the newly developed city truck at the IAA 2018
- Electric truck MAN CitE sets benchmarks in work place ergonomics, safety and sustainability
- MAN has developed the completely new CitE concept in only 18 months
With regard to the topics of traffic and life quality, cities facing increasing challenges. Until 2050, urban population will increase by 50 percent world wide. This growth means, in particular, more and more delivery and disposal traffic, noise, congestion and emissions. The result is more strict laws and guidelines. The providers of transport services must adopt their work processes to this and, at the same time, take account of the increasing demand for transport. How will goods be transported to the businesses in the city despite stricter noise and emission restrictions? How can accidents and collision damage be avoided in city traffic that is increasing in density. What can make the daily work of the driver easier when they have to get in and out of their vehicle dozens of times during their tour? With the CitE, MAN presents a distribution vehicle that is an answer to this.
MAN CitE: Focus on ergonomics
The entry on the drivers side is particularly easy and comortable on the 350 mm low step. Thanks to the level drivers cab floor slightly pulled in, the driver can take place on the seat and then swing their legs in. The completely level drivers cab floor provides maximum freedom of movement in the cab. The driver has a free passage to the passenger side. Here, with its large swivel sliding door that is opened electrically, CitE provides especially when parking in the second row the best working conditions.
It opens over the complete width and height of the doorway. The co-driver’s seat folds up automatically and provides additional space for the passage. In this way, the driver can get in and out standing upright and without effort, without having to hold on to anything. This is an indispensable benefit for many deliver addresses per tour. When opening, the sliding door also only needs a little space to the side. This also allows unloading in narrow parking places or when stopping in second lines without any problems.
The CitE is also a master of ergonomics when travelling. All displays around the driver's workplace are in the direct field of vision. The display has been designed fully digital for the optimum visualisation of all information for the driver. The switches arranged logically according to how frequently they are used are easily reached from a normal sitting position, as well as the cup holder and stowage trays.
The shelves in the immediate vicinity of the driver's workplace are numerous more. This includes a holder in the middle area, behind which a cool box or a drinks box can be safely stowed. Behind this, on the back wall, the driver has a spacious storage available. On both wheel arches, the driver finds shelves, e.g. for a bag. A cup holder is conveniently located directly on the driver's seat. Further down, a clipboard with shipping papers can be safely stowed. Above the driver there is also a large roof shelf with an open pulled-around compartment above the door. Another large shelf in the dashboard extends to the passenger side. Shipping documents also find a safe place directly on the dashboard. In the lower part of the door panel is a large bowl integrated, which can also accommodate 2 bottles (up to 1.5 liters of PET bottle). Above the door handle is an additional small open shelf. So that the driver can find his way easily even at night, the cabin is optimally illuminated for work. These include the cabin lighting as well as lighting for the shelves. A universal tablet / smartphone holder in the dashboard is available within the immediate sight and reach of the driver. This makes it possible to integrate a customized tablet or smartphone into the driver's workstation in such a way that the logistical and goods flow-oriented processes are optimally integrated into the workflow. Detached from the vehicle, the device can be operated in the customer's own network. USB charging sockets are provided immediately next to the holder. Thus, customer-related functions for the fleet, such as a digital delivery note, are optimally integrated into the workflow.
The air conditioning of the CitE is designed for the particular requirements in city delivery traffic. The driver gets in and out many times per tour and is always on the move. The doors are opened frequently. Heat escapes in winter and cooling requirement increases in summer - this means an undesired loss of energy for an electric vehicle. For this purpose, the air conditioning concept of the MAN CitE applies a reduced cab air conditioning and instead of that, contact heat or ventilation through the driver's seat. In the summer months, the heat and sweat is transported away by the ventilation, in the winter months, the immediate heat is pleasant through the seat and relieves the musculoskeletal system. When the weather is cold, an additional steering wheel heating warms the drivers hands.
MAN CitE: All-round safety
With a city delivery vehicle, safety means, in particular, unrestricted view over the surrounding traffic and other road users. Direct eye contact with cyclists and pedestrians is particularly important for the driver in order to assess situations correctly, e.g. when making turns. MAN has considered this criterion consequently with the design of the CitE. The very low window surfaces all-round provide the driver with a maximum direct view to the outside. Thanks to the low sitting position, they have a viewing contact with pedestrians or cyclists at eye level. To provide them with a free view over the traffic light systems and signs mounted high, the windscreen field of vision is high on the passenger side. As the view to the front and sides is not only important in dense urban traffic, but also what is happening around the vehicle, the driver in the CitE 18 is also provided with a 360 degree birds-eye view camera system. A panoramic view from the birds-eye view around the entire vehicle is shown on the large central display of the integrated entertainment and navigation system. Pedestrians or cyclists as well as other obstacles such as parked vehicles and thus when driving slowly and manoeuvring, are always in the view of the driver. Being an effective measure against accidents that are caused by blind spots, the CitE is also equipped with a new mirror replacement system. In doing so, camera on both sides of the vehicle provide live images on two displays installed in the field of vision of the driver and thus reduce the blind spots. At a glance, the driver can assess the complete situation that would otherwise require a rear-view, wide angle and kerb mirror. Depending on the daylight, the camera technology used permits a high-resolution representation of the surroundings so that the driver has a better view at night and with variable light conditions. Moreover, the limitations are reduced compared with a mirror, e.g. fogging up, dirt or being blinded by the sun. This increases safety additionally and, at the same time, reduces the probability of collision damage and thus repair costs.
MAN CitE: Fully-electric through the city
MAN has consequently designed the CitE as electrically driven city delivery vehicle. As the diesel drive train with a combustion engine over the front axle is no longer required, this permits the design of a low-floor vehicle with very low floor and maximum freedom of movement for the driver in the cab. The drive of the CitE is taken over by a centrally arranged electric motor from the eMobility module of MAN. The lithium ion batteries are located under the vehicle frame and enable a range of at least 100 kilometres - sufficient for a day tour in city delivery traffic. The chassis is completely cladded which increases safety for other road users additionally. Moreover, this guarantees a better protection of the batteries in event of an accident. The clear goal of the CitE was, despite its individual concept with standard superstructures, that it could still be equipped with conventional constructions. Basically, the CitE can therefore be considered for all superstructure applications typical for city delivery traffic; the main focus however, is the dry freight bodies for the distribution of products and goods to small businesses. The MAN CitE is also equipped with special design tyres from Continental. The tyre study Conti e.MotionPro matched specifically to the layout of the CitE is equipped with a specially manufactured tread and with its distinctive blue stripes on the side wall and blue groove bottom on the tread, fits perfectly to the design of the CitE.
MAN CitE: Impossible made possible!
Being a vehicle concept, the MAN CitE is not only a completely new approach with many innovative ideas that deviate from the conventional vehicles. With its creation, the developers even took completely new paths. As at the beginning, it looked like the project requirements could not be implemented. A completely newly developed drivable electric truck that is consequently designed for the requirements of city distribution traffic should be developed in less than two years - normally a project that takes five years, from the first sketches to revealing the finished vehicle. It was quickly clear to the development team that this is only possible with innovative approaches of the work organisation. They found the solution in the software development sector, with their comparatively short product development cycles. In doing so, agile work methods were the key to control complicated projects flexibly, keep the bureaucratic effort as low as possible and to build up less flexible rules. A cross-functional team was drafted on this basis that, with the agile scrum method, organised their work flexibly and dynamically. Reviews with project participants at regular intervals accelerated the decision processes significantly. Using this agile approach, the MAN CitE could thus be implemented in a period of only 18 months and finally presented ready to drive at the IAA 2018. This success is the exceptional performance of a highly motivated team that, with the MAN CitE, have set new benchmarks for safety, work place ergonomics and sustainability in city distribution traffic. MAN will initially present the CitE to the public at the IAA 2018. With respective positive response and queries, the production of further vehicles on the basis of the MAN CitE is a possible option.
Platooning in the logistics industry: world's first practical use of networked truck convoys in Germany
Research project of DB Schenker, MAN Truck & Bus, and Hochschule Fresenius started in the test phase on the A9 highway.
- Strategic partnerships as innovation drivers
- Unprecedented use of technology
- People still top priority
As the world's first logistics provider, DB Schenker, together with its cooperation partners MAN Truck & Bus and Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, sent on June 25th 2018 two digitally networked trucks into practical use.
In the presence of Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer, a truck "platoon" set off from the DB Schenker branch office in Neufahrn near Munich via the A9 digital test field to Nuremberg. The federal government is funding the pilot project with around EUR 2 million.
Federal Transportation Minister Andreas Scheuer said: "This is a visionary research project for our digital test site, the A9 highway. The project marks the start of the automated and networked future of road haulage. We bring tomorrow's technology onto today's roads, testing the intelligent interaction of man, machine and material. Our opportunities: logistics processes – from ramp to customer – can become safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. And truck drivers can become modern logistics specialists in digital trucks.”
Strategic partnerships as innovation drivers
The regular test runs of the networked trucks began on June 25th, along the 145-kilometer route. Trials are being carried out without any loads until early August. After that, the platoons will be on the road every day, making up to three routine logistics trips and laden with part loads of, for example, machine parts, drinks, or paper.
The project partners are thus doing pioneering work. "This first use of truck platoons in Germany will set new standards in the logistics market, from which our customers will benefit first and foremost," said Alexander Doll, DB Board Member for Freight Transport and Logistics. "With this project, DB Schenker is showing what matters for companies all over the world in the future: advancing innovations through new partnerships."
By using this technology, DB Schenker is expanding its digital business model. "Today, we at DB are once again bringing a new technology to the road. With the platooning project, we are further expanding our pioneering role in the field of autonomous and networked driving," emphasized Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, DB Board Member for Digitalization and Technology.
With MAN Truck & Bus and DB Schenker, two of the world's leading companies in their sectors are cooperating to jointly promote the subject of automated driving. "It's not just about using a technology. It's about integrating it effectively into the entire logistics chain. The findings from the joint project are an important step towards series development. This will give MAN a leading role in the automation and digitization of commercial vehicles," said Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus AG.
Unprecedented use of technology
During the unprecedented practical tests, the platooning technology for logistics use will be further optimized, for example with regard to system safety, fuel consumption, and better use of space on freeways. The project partners also hope to gain insights into the social acceptance of the networked driving style, as well as into transport policy and infrastructural prerequisites.
People still top priority
Since the collaboration began in May 2017 and the official handover of the test vehicles by MAN in February of this year, the truck drivers have been prepared for their role in the project through intensive training. The psychosocial and neurophysiological effects of the new technology on the drivers in the platoon will be examined by Hochschule Fresenius with an accompanying study. This will allow important experiences of the truck drivers to be incorporated and their job profile developed further. "It's obvious that digitization of the mobility and transport system is leading to completely new requirements for employees in the industry," said Prof. Dr. Christian Haas, Director of the Institute for Complex Health Research at Hochschule Fresenius. We hope that our findings can also contribute to a better understanding and design of other digitized human machine interfaces."
Functionality of platooning
The term "platooning" refers to a system that vehicles use on the road in which at least two trucks drive in a tight convoy on a freeway, supported by technical driving assistance and control systems. All of the vehicles in the platoon are linked to each other by an electronic "drawbar" that uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The truck in front sets the speed and direction, and the others follow.
Backup – MAN develops driverless safety vehicle for motorway roadworks
Around 44 percent of all accidents on Germany’s motorways involving trucks occur in the inside lane or on the hard-shoulder. Collisions with safety vehicles protecting the rear end of rolling roadworks are a regular feature of these incidents. Even though the distinctive orange-coloured highway agency vehicles pull a trailer with a four metre high illuminated hazard warning and lane closure sign, they are sometimes overlooked or noticed too late – sadly with often serious consequences.
- “aFAS” research project investigating technical feasibility of automated driving
- MAN and seven partners from industry, scientific research and public administration paving the way for future transport
- MAN TGM 18.340 being piloted as a driverless safety vehicle on motorways
- Project successfully completed in June 2018
This led MAN Truck & Bus and seven partners from the worlds of industry, scientific research and public administration to develop a ground-breaking mobile solution to this risk through the “aFAS” research project. Titled Rückendeckung (Backup), it eliminates the need for a human driver in hazardous situations. “aFAS” is an abbreviation for the German phrase meaning “automatic driverless safety vehicle for motorway roadworks”. As that description indicates, the project involves the design of a prototype safety vehicle capable of following rolling roadworks along the hard-shoulder of the motorway entirely automatically, with no driver required, protecting the on-site personnel and other works vehicles from the flowing traffic.
The four-year research project was launched back in 2014 and designed to run for four years, financed by funding of some €3.4 million in total from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The project represented the first complete technical feasibility study for such a vehicle, as well as considering the extent to which current standards and legislation would have to be amended – plus, needless to say, the impact it would have on public roads in live operation.
MAN developed the automated safety vehicle in cooperation with other technical project partners, itself being responsible for driving functionality, wireless communications, the HMI (Human Machine Interface) and the complete vehicle specification.
The test vehicle was a MAN TGM 18.340, fitted out with cameras and radar systems to provide all-round visibility and sensing, as well as various assistance systems. The steering and braking systems, sensors and control software also had to meet the most stringent criteria. The prototype vehicle was largely built using mass production components, both for its regular control systems and in implementing functional safety aspects. An additional specially developed all-round sensor system featuring high levels of safety and an integrated, highly reliable object and lane detection system also enabled analysis of road and traffic situation data. The data communication between the working vehicle at the front and the safety vehicle at the rear was wireless, and displays were installed in both vehicles to indicate the operating state of the driverless prototype.
After the driver has activated all the systems and climbed out of the cab, the TGM steers, accelerates and brakes autonomously, following the vehicle ahead at a defined distance. In the event of a malfunction, it automatically comes to a stop. When passing by critical locations such as entry or exit slip-roads, the prototype can be brought to within a few metres of the lead vehicle and digitally “coupled” to it.
In the early years of the project, the system initially underwent trials on MAN test tracks, then in the second half of 2017 on closed stretches of roadworks on motorways in the state of Hesse, before the vehicle was returned to its developers in Munich. The MAN TGM prototype was further optimised based on the experience gained in this process, and has been running in a real-world pilot on motorways in Hesse since early April 2018.
The “aFAS” project was successfully completed in June. The findings from it will be incorporated into MAN’s future production development, and into further testing and research projects relating to automated and autonomous driving (such as platooning).
Transport 4.0 – Fleet Management of the Future Begins with new MAN DigitalServices
By launching the new MAN DigitalServices group division, MAN is offering customised digital services and applications exclusively for MAN vehicles. The comprehensive MAN DigitalServices are based on RIO, the cloud-based, open logistics platform, and mixed fleet operators can use them to connect (and, in turn, more efficiently use) their MAN vehicles and other brands at all levels. At the same time, the MAN DigitalServices applications are expressly designed to be functional, suitable for day-to-day operations and extremely user-friendly.
- MAN DigitalServices based the on RIO platform, exclusively for MAN vehicles
- MAN DigitalServices offers an extensive range of applications for sustainable fleet management
- Intelligent digital services make modern fleets even more cost-effective and environmentally friendly
Charged with the task mastering future economic challenges while meeting constantly growing environmental and social requirements, the transport industry in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution faces a complex series of tasks that entail far more than simply “moving goods from A to B”. Digitalisation, efficient fleet management, synergy effects and universal connectedness are the catchwords when it comes to long-term competitiveness among transport companies. In these areas, MAN DigitalServices can support its customers with a constantly growing range of digital services perfectly tailored to MAN vehicles. They help to keep track of and optimise all the factors that contribute to the total cost of ownership (TCO).
MAN DigitalServices builds on RIO, the cloud-based digital platform for logistics applications, which MAN presented at the International Motor Show in 2016. This connectivity solution for the transport industry also includes the RIO Box hardware, which is open to different systems and manufacturers, and has proven so successful that it is even being installed in other vehicle brands.
The RIO Box is installed as standard in all new MAN Euro 6 model series trucks, and their owners can use the basic digital functions of MAN Essentials free of charge after registering on the RIO platform. The user receives a wide variety of information about the vehicle at hand from their computer, such as its current location (also displayed on a digital map), current speed, mileage, service life, average speed and weight, as well as an analysis of its fuel consumption. This data can be retrieved for up to 10 days. The “Advance” package makes it possible to analyse other data. This expansion is available via an online shop, the MAN Marketplace.
The MAN ServiceCare application provides customers with a proactive tool for perfect maintenance management of their fleet. The RIO Box delivers all the vehicle’s maintenance-related data to MAN ServiceCare. The user and the MAN workshop responsible for their vehicle automatically receive information about service intervals or the need to service wear components in the near future. This way, the fleet owner can view the current status of their vehicles, wherever they may be located. Meanwhile, the workshop receives a status overview via MAN ServiceCare and can arrange an appointment for their customers early on. Service signals unexpectedly flashing on the display, long stationary times in the workshop and waiting for spare parts are relics from the analogue era.
Needless to say, MAN ServiceCare is always undergoing further development with a clear focus on real, day-to-day customer needs. One of the first additional benefits is remote truck diagnosis. This makes it possible to isolate the cause of a potential failure to such an extent that the mechanic can, before setting off, decide whether a repair can be performed on site and which spare parts and tools they will need to bring along. This saves valuable time and money in emergencies.
But MAN DigitalServices has its eye on more than just vehicles; it also addresses the industry’s social and administrative requirements. The MAN Compliant application allows users to fully automatically download all the data from the vehicle’s digital tachograph (driver card every seven days, mass storage unit every 30 days), no matter where they are. Previously, this was only possible on site; for instance, at the company’s offices. This also has an advanced feature which can be used to store, analyse and manage the data for up to 25 months. This complies with the legally stipulated two-year period during which transport companies must retain data.
Speaking of the Future – MAN M-PULSE
Bundling together its communications about innovation and the future on the MAN M-PULSE platform, MAN has adopted “providing the crucial M-PULSE” as its slogan. Its focus will be on raising awareness about MAN’s status as a trailblazer in forward-looking commercial vehicle engineering and technology, among both MAN customers and the wider public.
- MAN provides one-stop shop for communications about future-related topics
- MAN M-PULSE to be a platform for all MAN innovations
MAN’s M-PULSE label will promote sustainable transport and the vision of a zero-emissions future. It is intended to transport the pioneering spirit from MAN’s history into tomorrow, continuously boosting awareness of all MAN’s projects, products and services in the context of these innovative topics.
MAN will provide information about a huge range of topics via this label, including alternative drive solutions (such as hybrid and CNG technology in MAN and Neoplan buses); MAN’s comprehensive range of consultation options and services on offer when it comes to electric commercial vehicles (from vehicles to energy supply and route planning); and new infrastructure and transport concepts such as cooperation with the Council for Sustainable Logistics (CNL), which road-tests electric trucks in urban and peri-urban distribution transport.
Naturally, MAN M-PULSE also covers the successful implementation of efficient and cost-effective transport solutions, the research and development of the future – which looks closer than ever. The digital services on offer include autonomous driving, vehicle platooning, the RIO logistics platform launched by MAN (which is cloud-based and open to various brands), and MAN Digital Services.
MAN is continuing its tradition with MAN M-PULSE – from the inventing the diesel engine to paving the way for the transport world of tomorrow.