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Traxen introduces A.I.-based iQ-Cruise for fuel savings

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David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Traxen has launched its intelligent adaptive cruise control system, iQ-Cruise, for traditional and electric commercial vehicles.

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The system will be available to both commercial vehicle aftermarket and OE customers. Through the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.), algorithms and sensors, the company says iQ-Cruise can reduce fuel consumption by an average of 10% while improving safety and drivability.

The company says iQ-Cruise monitors road conditions such as changes in elevation, curvature, traffic patterns and weather miles. Traxen says while its technology also intuitively controls the speed of the vehicle based on various factors, the driver is primarily responsible for steering, helping to reduce driver error, fatigue and turnover. Drivers remain informed through alerts via Traxen’s interface.

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Traxen conducted its first side-by-side cross-country trial this August. This test was conducted over the road starting from Plymouth, Michigan, to Las Vegas and back. The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) was the independent reviewer of this field trial.

“Fuel is a very large expense for long-haul trucking fleets with lowering costs and subsequent emissions reductions being top priorities,” said Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE. “In our analysis of Traxen’s cross country real-world field trial data, we observed fuel efficiency
improvements in the range of 2% to 20% in various segments over a 6,100-mile cross-country drive. The average fuel efficiency improvement was 7%, which is very substantial and meaningful for the industry. We hope to see technologies like the iQ-Cruise deployed across the industry to improve freight efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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RELATED: Listen to FE’s recent podcast interview with NACFE’s Mike Roeth here.

Traxen says with the latest release of its software, iQ-Cruise is recording 10% fuel efficiency improvement on customer routes.

Traxen’s says its solution is currently being piloted by several fleet customers and will be available to commercial vehicle aftermarket customers in the first quarter of 2021, followed by OE truck manufacturers shortly afterward.

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