Traxen’s intelligent adaptive cruise control system, iQ-Cruise, available to both commercial vehicle aftermarket and OE customers, uses artificial intelligence, advanced algorithms, and sensors to reduce fuel consumption by an average of 10%, according to the company.
Through proprietary hardware and software, iQ-Cruise monitors road conditions, such as changes in elevation, curvature, traffic patterns, and weather, then controls the speed of the vehicle based on these factors. Drivers remain engaged in steering and are informed through non-intrusive alerts via Traxen's interface.
"With fuel cost being one of the top operating costs for fleets worldwide, delivering a solution like Traxen's iQ-Cruise that offers a 10% fuel efficiency improvement on average is a truly remarkable feat for the industry," said Ali Maleki, founder and CEO of Traxen.
Traxen conducted its first side-by-side cross-country trial in August 2020, which was conducted from Plymouth, Michigan, to Las Vegas and back. According to the results, iQ-Cruise beat seasoned truck drivers by executing energy-efficient speed controls. The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) was the independent reviewer of the field trial.
"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," said Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE.
The latest release of its software is recording 10% fuel efficiency improvement on customer routes. The company predicts that by 2023, based on systemic learnings from 700 million miles of data obtained from customer drives, Traxen will top 15% in fuel efficiency gains.
Traxen's system 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.