When it comes to commercial vehicle efficiency, it is usually the engine, the weight and the aerodynamics that are taken as examples. But sensor systems can also play an important part in fuel-saving driving. A good example of this is the electronic horizon (eHorizon) from the automotive supplier Continental. Based on high-precision topographic trip data and a GPS signal, it supplies a three-dimensional profile of the route ahead to the Adaptive Cruise Control and other electronic control units in the vehicle. Together with software from the vehicle manufacturer which adapts the vehicle’s driving style to the road, the eHorizon thus helps reduce fuel consumption.
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