Volvo begins California test of connected vehicle (truck) technology

Many believe improving vehicle-to-infrastructure technology will help reduce congestion and improve fuel economy of vehicles. Volvo Group put that to a test in conjunction with the state of California along two connected corridors in Carson.

The company used two Volvo VNL tractors with prototype Eco-Drive technology that integrated with traffic signals along the route. The technology collects light change data and vehicle speed information to provide a real-time speed recommendation to the driver, helping reduce harsh driving maneuvers and late braking.

The project, led by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, is funded by the California Climate Investments program to reduce key criteria pollutants, greenhouse gases (GHGs) and petroleum usage and used Volvo tractors involved in its Zero Emission Drayage Truck Demonstration project.