Volkswagen Invests Heavily in Digital Truck Revolution
Published On Apr 05, 2016
Volkswagen will be making massive investments to promote digitisation within the trucking industry. The company plans to pump nearly half a billion euros within this decade to boost technology among its heavy duty models. The corporation is fending off rivalry on this front from many of its European counterparts, including Daimler, which has been making progress in new age designs for its trucking models.
VW has been scaling up operations in the trucking space for some time now. Of late, the firm has been paying considerable attention to the development of new systems for enhanced logistics and mobility. This has been viewed as a move to reprise itself after the breaking of its recent emission scandal.
VW's Truck & Bus division claimed that it would invest a "mid-range three-digit million-euro amount" in the coming few years, aimed at strengthening technological features within trucks to boost efficiency among the vehicles.
"The future truck is fully connected, that provides a gain in safety and efficiency," said VW trucks chief Andreas Renschler. He added, "In future it will no longer be enough to build roads and repair bridges. What we need as quickly as possible is mobile high-speed internet alongside the road."
The company's subsidiary MAN trucks had recently held a large scale event at Munich, Germany, where it demonstrated new technical designs to help boost trucking efficiency. Many high profile personalities including the German transport minister, had been present at the event. MAN had showcased the viability of drafting among truck fleets, a method otherwise known as 'Platooning', which helps to stabilise truck fleets. VW has strong beliefs in the technological capabilities of its subsidiaries, and hopes that such techniques would be used in a more widespread manner in the future.