Scania Technology Road Map looks forward to 2030

Scania has published a Technology Road Map (TRM) to identify the knowledge it will need over the next 20 years and make sure the technology is in place when needed. Each Research & Development department at Scania has analysed the gap between where it stands at present and where it must be in 20 years’ time to remain competitive.

According to the document, vehicles are going to be more connected with each other and the infrastructure around them in the future as the level of electronics in trucks continues to increase. 

“It has forced us to establish the objectives we aim for,” said Tony Sandberg, Head of Scania’s Research Support Office. “We’re not concerned with developing new customer solutions, but rather what we feel is needed to develop these in the future.

“TRM outlines what we are convinced that we will need to master in the coming years. We can thereby establish core areas where we need to step up our efforts, in which areas we can form strategic research partnerships, and the non-strategic areas where we can rely on purely external research.”

The TRM is concentrating on nine main areas, including transport efficiency, safety and security, crew and passenger; methods and processes, energy losses, emissions, fuels, electrification and further development of the combustion engine. These are then further broken down into specific knowledge areas. Scania says it is convinced these areas will be key to remaining competitive and offering the best customer solutions.

“There’s quite a simple arithmetical way of determining what we need to do to offer customer solutions in 2035,” said Sandberg. “We generally start development five years before product launch. To do this we need knowledge, and those who have that knowledge are our engineers. They start their education around 10 years before the start of development, or around 2020. Universities are already discussing what kind of courses they will offer in their 2020 curriculum, since they need to start building knowledge for these courses.”

Scania has shared details of its TRM with Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), with which Scania already has a close cooperation.

“What characterises the TRM is that it clearly indicates the state of research in 2030,” said Annika Stensson Trigell, Professor of Vehicle Dynamics at KTH. “We can contribute in different areas, and by working closely we establish mutual trust. That paves the way for new opportunities.”

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