Since 2012, trucks equipped with the static eHorizon from Continental have saved over one billion litres of diesel – or the equivalent of nearly three million tonnes of CO2.* Around 410,000 commercial vehicles are equipped with the static eHorizon. Continental works with a total of ten truck manufacturers, including numerous well-known companies from Europe, Asia and the USA – and the company expects further growth in the near future, particularly in North America.
“The static eHorizon is proof that the right product conserves resources in the cost-driven truck industry. This investment not only pays off for truck manufacturers but is also helping the environment”, says Gilles Mabire, Head of Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket at Continental.
The static eHorizon delivers information about the condition of the route ahead to the ECUs in the vehicle, based on highly precise topographical route data from the location cloud developer HERE Technologies and GPS signal information. The ECUs then automatically adapt driving style and speed.
“Customers can also use the information from the eHorizon to optimize other system functions like the exhaust gas after treatment and increase their potential savings even more,” explains Dr Raimund Varnhagen, Head of Product Management eHorizon, Telematics and Automated Driving for Commercial Vehicles at Continental. This is usually done by simply updating the software of the relevant algorithms.
The next generation of the electronic horizon, the so-called dynamic eHorizon, offers an additional savings potential of up to two percent compared to its predecessor, claims the company.