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Semi-Truck AI Enhanced Cruise Control Will Improve Fuel Efficiency by 10% in 2021

•, by Brian Wang

Traxen smart cruise will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2021 for fleets with traditional and electric commercial vehicles. iQ-Cruise for OE truck manufacturers will follow shortly afterward.

Regular adaptive cruise control has limited payback for fleets due to driver complaints, false alarms and an awkward driving style. iQ-Cruise uses AI to adapt speed automatically by monitoring road conditions to detect changes in elevation, curvature, traffic patterns and weather miles beyond the driver's visual field.

Traxen edge computing platform senses the environment using data from radar sensors and high definition map data to control vehicle speed automatically while a driver steers. In addition to radar sensors, the system has a domain controller and a driver display.

During the past two years, Traxen has road-tested iQ-Cruise for more than 1.5 million miles using real-world fleet customer drive cycles and driver behaviors. iQ-Cruise significantly outperformed seasoned truck drivers by executing far more energy-efficient speed controls.

North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) independently reviewed the field trial data. NACFE verified the average fuel efficiency increase for iQ-Cruise was 7%, but observed improvements in the range of 2% to 20% in various segments over the 6,100-mile cross-country drive.