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World record attempt to save fuel with the CarCube from Trimble Transport & Logistics


Challenge to gas-guzzling HGV trips: with its on-board computer, CarCube, Trimble Transport & Logistics is supporting a test drive to save fuel. The aim is to achieve an average consumption of less than 25 litres per 100 kilometres on a journey of around 1,600 kilometres from Munich to the Italian Villa San Giovanni (ferry port off Sicily) with a fully loaded 40-tonner. The people behind the project, Lifetime Technologies and MAN, want to demonstrate the dramatic fuel savings that are possible using new technologies. As there is no previous comparable measurement on this run, they also want to set the mark for a world record.

“This record attempt is a good opportunity to demonstrate the many ways of saving fuel to transport and logistics service providers,” says Carsten Holtrup, Vice-President Sales and Marketing of Trimble Transport & Logistics. The telematics provider is supporting the people behind the project with its on-board computer, CarCube, which combines telematics, telemetry, telephony and navigation in a single device.

To optimise fuel consumption on the entire trip, vehicle data has to be analysed continually. For this, Trimble is providing a digital driving style assistant. This is an extension of the CarCube that records central parameters such as consumption, speed, braking and acceleration patterns via an FMS interface. Finally, the driver is told how he can reduce his current consumption via a status bar in the display as well as auditory messages. As the CarCube is connected directly to CANbus, Trimble provides detailed FMS reports. All parameters can be reproduced on the FleetWorks user platform on-line.

Current fuel consumption also depends on the route, as well as the road and traffic conditions. To work out the most efficient route at any one time, Trimble has also developed a truck navigation system that also takes into account the particular characteristics of each HGV as well as the current traffic situation. The truck navigation is part of the CarCube and the guide for the journey to Villa San Giovanni.

The world record run begins on Tuesday 19 October at 7.30 am. The HGV trip runs from Munich across the Brenner Pass to Villa San Giovanni off Sicily. For the record attempt, Trimble is arranging public access to the web-based user portal, Fleetworks. Anyone wanting to follow the trip in real time can send an e-mail to and will then receive the login details, with username and password.

As well as Trimble Transport & Logistics, other companies are supporting the project of Lifetime Technologies und MAN. They include well-known partners such as Michelin Reifen, Pneuhage Reifendienstleister, SNIPTEC Motoroptimierung, xlite Felgen, HS-Schoch Spoiler, KUDA-Aero-Spoiler and BPW Achsen.