Eaton recently announced an exclusive alliance with Michigan-based technology developer Traxen to sell, distribute, service, and provide installation support for its iQ-Cruise system. This collaboration, according to the press release, aims to support the commercial transportation industry by improving fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability while helping fleet profitability.
iQ-Cruise integrates both functions in a single device and applies artificial intelligence (A.I.), to provide automatic, more natural speed control with significant fuel savings, the companies note. Additionally, the press release states that it works with automated manual transmissions, including the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies portfolio of transmissions.
Traxen’s iQ-Cruise system utilizes AI, advanced algorithms, GPS and high-definition 3D maps to determine the most fuel-efficient driving style for Class 8 commercial vehicles in real time, according to the press release. While driving with the system engaged, it continuously monitors live data including traffic conditions, vehicle load, and terrain, utilizing its automated cruise control capabilities to optimize the vehicle’s speed and acceleration/deceleration to maximize fuel efficiency. Initial feedback from United Road, a vehicle and heavy-haul transportation service and early adopter of the iQ-Cruise system, shows that fuel consumption and emissions reduction can be significant.