Scania Aims to Change Indian Trucking Landscape with Connectivity and Technology
Published On Feb 29, 2016
Sweden-based Scania is one of the world's leading truck makers. It has a strong footing in the heavy duty area, with models that have long dominated the mining and infrastructure space worldwide. The company is hailed as a pioneer of advanced technology in the trucking industry, having implemented sound logistics and connectivity features in its vehicles. With the advent of the new year, the company plans to utilise this aspect as a cornerstone for building further market growth around the world. As Scania views India as a market of vast potential, the auto maker hopes to tap into the technological frontier to boost its standing in the Indian market.
Stefan Palskog, President of Scania India Operations, said, “I think we can make the connection in the chain when it comes to local transport needs. The connection system was established many years ago and we can contribute to it here.”
Connectivity programs help fleet operators keep a virtual sight on their fleets, and to track the performance and habits of individual vehicles for the best efficiency. The programs bring highly valuable information from various areas of the truck and the driver to the fleet operator, and this helps to minimise losses for the best overall performance. These new systems have also been adopted by various manufacturers, but they have been harder to penetrate the Indian market, where domestic-bred trucking brands rule the scene. With Scania's connectivity programs, fleet owners would be able to track their trucks wherever they are, and assess the overall condition of the drive. This helps them to detect unwanted elements, and to streamline the drive according to their needs.
Mr Palskog believes that these systems can help to close gaps of inefficiency among companies working in India, and that it is important that local truckers are made aware of them. According to Mr Palskog, the company's vision has always been a strong communication and connection flow that helps to bolster productivity in the trucking realm. “What we do is to follow the value chain and that knowledge can be transferred to the customer,” he said.
At present, the company plans to equip the Indian market with these sophisticated new tools. However, in the longer run, the company's vision is of a globally advanced auto-realm, where technology and connectivity help to enhance fleet services to the optimum.