Nexyad real-time data analysis system fitted to Volta Zero promotes safer driving.
System-generated safety score aids driver, fleet managers and operators.
Suggested maximum prudent speed recommendation takes into account current driving conditions and environment.
Volta Trucks, the leading and disruptive all-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has announced a partnership with Nexyad to bring the next generation of driving coaching and scoring to aid drivers of the Volta Zero to achieve the safest driving style possible in an urban environment.
Nexyad, the embedded, real-time platform for aggregating onboard data, uses hybrid physics-informed AI to aggregate various data sources from vehicles in real-time and interprets them. This offers Volta Trucks’ drivers simple and relevant information that can help them develop an increasingly prudent driving style, minimising risk for themselves and other vulnerable road users.
The real-time data aggregation platform uses vehicle information and driving conditions to provide a maximum prudent speed recommendation, taking into account the legal speed limit, road roughness, topography of the road, weather conditions, and traffic. By recommending a “maximum prudent speed” based on real-time information, the system goes beyond the European requirement ISA (Intelligent Speed Assist). Nexyad’s safety coach, SafetyNex also acts as a virtual co-pilot in the cabin while driving and provides anticipation guidance when necessary, helping to avoid emergency situations that may lead to an accident.
The real-world information gathered can then provide drivers with a safety score that reflects their driving style and acts as a catalyst for a range of solutions that motivate safer driving practices. Meanwhile, fleet managers can effortlessly track and monitor their driver’s performance with greater precision, and insurance companies can accurately assess risk levels and offer tailor-made premiums for every driver’s individual risk profile. For the next few months, Nexyad’s safety coach technology and driving score will be running in Volta Trucks’ prototype vehicles and available for customer trials. All collected data is available to the company operating the truck, which decides on the use of the data based on existing agreements with its drivers.
Chief Fleet Solutions Officer of Volta Trucks, Casper Norden said;
“Safety is at the heart of Volta Trucks and our ambition is to produce the safest trucks possible for the urban environment. The Volta Zero has been engineered from the ground up with both the driver and vulnerable urban road user safety at its core. The innovative system from Nexyad, incorporated into the Volta Zero, provides drivers and fleet operators with next-level information, helping to promote safer driving and making cities safer for all users.”
Chief Executive Officer of Nexyad, Gerard Yahiaoui said;
“Nexyad is very proud to integrate its Artificial Intelligence-based Safety Coach into the very innovative all-electric Volta Zero. Our AI technology SafetyNex, brings prudent recommended speed to the dashboard of a truck and will help avoid accidents, particularly in dense city areas where Volta Trucks’ offer makes a lot of sense for delivery. Avoiding accidents is our mission, We Save Lives.”
Notes to Editor
The Volta Zero is the world’s first purpose-built all-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for urban logistics, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. The Volta Zero is designed from the ground up with an operating pure-electric range of 150 – 200 kms (95 – 125 miles).
Safety is also at the heart of Volta Trucks, with the ambition to produce the safest trucks for our cities. The Volta Zero was designed for electric from the outset, which facilitates a step-change in vehicle, driver and pedestrian safety. Thanks to the removal of the internal combustion engine, the operator of a Volta Zero sits in a central driving position, with a much lower seat height than a conventional truck. This combination, plus a glass house-style cab design, gives the driver a wide 220-degrees of visibility, minimising dangerous blind spots.
Volta Trucks is also innovating with its Truck as a Service proposition that has revolutionised the financing and servicing of commercial vehicle fleets. Truck as a Service offers fleet managers a frictionless and hassle-free way to electrify their fleet by offering an all-inclusive service for a single, affordable, monthly fee. It provides access to an all-electric Volta Zero, with its charging infrastructure needs provided by world-leader Siemens, insurance through Europe’s premier insurtech broker, Qover, and servicing, maintenance, and training requirements, maximising the uptime and operational efficiency of the vehicle.
About Volta Trucks
Volta Trucks was founded in 2019 in Sweden by co-founders Carl-Magnus Norden and Kjell Waloen. The company, focused primarily on operations across all major cities in Europe and the UK, is accelerating the transition to all-electric trucks, reducing the effects of climate change and helping make our cities safer, healthier and more sustainable for everyone. Volta Trucks has partnered with a number of global leaders in the supply chain for the development and production of the Volta Zero, at pace and scale. In total, Volta Trucks has raised over €360 million funding to date.
The company’s partner in contract manufacturing is in Steyr, Austria, where production of customer specification vehicles started in April 2023. The company has also established a network of ‘Volta Trucks Hub’ service and maintenance facilities in its launch markets, with the first four already announced in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, to the south of Paris, in Tottenham, London, Duisburg, to the west of the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany, and in Madrid, Spain.
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