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TomTom maps helping trucks save fuel

TomTom, Bosch and Daimler have announced their joint work on Daimler’s Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC), an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), or smart cruise control, for commercial vehicles.

Trucks using TomTom’s highly-accurate ADAS Map and Bosch’s electronic horizon can automate driving functions on highways and, in Europe, on inter-urban roads too.

The system leads to a fuel reduction of up to five per cent per vehicle, which delivers lower CO2 emissions. In the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz Actros, the latest PPC technology is available.

As the first smart cruise control system in commercial vehicles, PPC actively controls engine, brakes, and automated transmission. Thanks to 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 of 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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