Jaguar Drive Condition Monitor

Jaguar pioneers new tech to prevent falling asleep at the wheel

Jaguar is pioneering revolutionary new technology that aims to prevent the issue of drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

According to a poll by the AA last year, one in eight drivers admits to having nodded off while driving at least once, but Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety statistics show this can cause up to 25 per cent of fatal accidents.

New system to provide alerts

With this in mind, Jaguar developed its Drive Condition Monitor, which receives data as regularly as every thousandth of a second to detect tell-tale signs of drowsiness.

For instance, the pedal inputs and power steering are checked for use and movement, while general driving behaviour is ‘observed’ by the system for anomalies.

Driver Condition Monitor can then issue a warning for the motorist to take a break using a coffee cup icon on the control panel.

The system is to be fitted as standard on the E-PACE and across the manufacturer’s range going forward.

Jaguar spokesperson David Willey said: “We continuously review the latest advances in vehicle safety and develop innovative technologies to improve the driving experience, making it safer and more enjoyable.”

Driver Condition Monitor has already been praised by Edmund King of the AA, who pointed out that the shocking figures surrounding drowsy drivers are probably under-reported.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “It is great to see Jaguar coming up with such a great solution to save lives on the roads. However, we would also warn motorists that the best way to prevent falling asleep at the wheel is to stop and rest at the first signs of fatigue.”

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How to reduce your fleet’s Carbon emissions

The world of fleet has never seen such a period of change. With uncertainties around tax rates, the WLTP and changes with the ULEZ becoming 24/7. Reducing your fleet’s CO2 emissions should be a big priority. More changes are set to come in future years, so fleets need to be prepared.

Reducing carbon emissions is in the hands of the fleet managers. While switching to EV might not be feasible for everyone, small changes within the existing system can make a huge difference without much capital investment, and no change is too marginal.

1. Review your vehicle habits

While it may seem obvious, innovation in your choice of vehicles should be the biggest change. Even now, many firms are in the habit of using petrol-guzzlers without paying attention to economic factors such as fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Match the vehicle to the job: There’s no need to send out a lorry or van to deliver goods that require the horsepower of a bike. It’s a good idea to invest in a smaller vehicle for smaller deliveries, if you feel this may be something your fleet is prone to.

There’s no need to compromise on performance: there are many vehicles offering less than 160g/km and fuel consumption above 45mpg. A fresh assessment on this can contribute to long-term financial savings, as well as reducing CO2 emissions.

2. Review your fleet policy

Where can you update your policy? Could you challenge the status quo? Many fleets operate under systems that have been in place for years. It’s crucial to keep up to date in one of the fastest changing industries in the UK.

You should also set new internal standards for vehicles and putting progressive CO2 targets in place, setting the company up for long-term savings in the instance of future law changes and tax requirements.

Investing in the best possible sat nav systems will also prevent your drivers from wasting valuable fuel if they take a wrong turn. Even if your navigation system has been in place for years, exploring updated versions can make a huge difference.

3. Don’t be weighed down

Eliminating just 45kg of excess weight can increase fuel efficiency by up to 2%. Consider downsizing or leaving unnecessary items such as roof racks and tool boxes back at the depot.

4. Under pressure

The importance of monitoring tyre pressure regularly is often overlooked as a factor affecting emissions, but a small change can make a big difference in this area. Too little pressure can lead to a higher rate of rolling  resistance, making the engine work harder and consume extra fuel as a result. You should encourage your drivers to undertake regular checks on their vehicle, to make sure things like this are in check.

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Hallbros Groundwork: Tele-Gence is ‘transparent, accurate and informative’

Businesses working with Tele-Gence are able to gain enhanced visibility into their fleet operations and we can help to deliver great savings for our customers.

Annie Grace Hall, operations manager at Hallbros Groundwork, has been in touch to highlight the ease with which our services are delivering lasting benefits for the firm.

Ease of use at the heart of our services

“Since my company started using Tele-Gence, it makes a lot of difference from what we’ve used before,” she stated. “I’m very happy that the services I get are always accurate and very informative.”

Ms Hall went on to highlight the additional transparency in the company’s operations that working with Tele-Gence has provided, noting: “I’m able to see a whole report for all my vehicles and my drivers whenever I want.”

She added that the whole team is “very thankful” for the support offered by Tele-Gence and concluded with some high praise for us: “Brilliant team, brilliant service. They delivered what they promised.

“Love to know we are building great relationships with Rachel, Sam and other members of the telematics department.”

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Hallbros specialises in rail and civil groundworks and operates a mixed fleet of 25 vehicles, 15 of which have Tele-Gence tracking devices installed. The company makes use of the BP Plus fuel card and has a monthly spend of approximately £10,000, drawing both diesel and petrol for its vehicles.

Jenny Smith, Product Manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “It’s great to see the beneficial impact that our tracking devices are having for Hallbros. At the same time, we always love to hear about the positive relationships we’re building with our customers.”

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Graphene road surface

Graphene road surface reaches test stage

A village in Oxfordshire is to become the first in Britain to trial a new road surface that could finally end the nation’s pothole problems.

Oxfordshire County Council has teamed up with graphene specialist Directa Plus to lay 750 metres of graphene-enhanced tarmac along roads in Curbridge in the hope that its strength will see it last far longer than traditional surfaces.

An innovative solution to a growing problem

It was reported back in July that Highways England had partnered with the Manchester-based Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre in the hope of looking into ways of using the material to create the roads of the future.

Now, a real-world test has been created and the road in Curbridge will be compared against its neighbours over winter to assess service life, resistance to vehicles and deformation levels.

It is hoped that using what’s referred to as a ‘super modifier’ in this way will create far stronger highways, with the potential to roll them out across the country if the trial is a success.

Better surfaces could reduce the steady stream of roadworks fleet drivers will be used to seeing, as well as lessening the likelihood of damage to vehicles caused by potholes.

Directa Plus chief executive Giulio Cesareo said: “This technology will allow governments to supply better quality roads for drivers and other road users, at better value for money, and in a more environmentally sustainable way.”

First isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004, graphene is the world’s first two-dimensional material and is a million times thinner than a human hair, yet is also stronger than steel.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “We’re well aware that fleet drivers are sick of having their journeys blighted by potholes, so let’s hope this trial proves fruitful and stronger roads can be created across Britain.”

Naked Highways

No more road signs by 2027?

A new report has suggested we may no longer need road signs by the end of the next decade as technology progresses in favour of digital infrastructure.

The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 research from Zenzic said British drivers may be able to enjoy ‘naked highways’ from around 2027, as road initiatives move away from existing assets towards new, fully-automated systems.

Are naked highways the way forward?

The research predicts improved vehicle connectivity will negate the need for traditional road signage, with decommissioning potentially starting in just eight years’ time.

Zenzic also said drivers can expect to see the widespread adoption of in-car signalling by 2028, which means vehicles themselves will be able to receive and digitally display the speed limits, junction exits and traffic updates we currently see at the roadside.

However, the organisation acknowledged that having the infrastructure in place to facilitate the development of autonomous cars will be key to unlocking this scenario.

Chief executive at Zenzic Daniel Ruiz said: “The ‘naked highway’ concept aims to bring economic benefits as well as tangible benefits to public mobility, including improved safety and better routing through centralised communication with drivers.”

Transport Focus may be pleased to hear this, as it recently warned Highways England that one in five drivers have performed a dangerous manoeuvre at a motorway junction because the signage was obscured.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Technology is moving in the right direction to enable many of the benefits described by Zenzic, but we do wonder if their timescale for naked highways is somewhat optimistic. We’re looking forward to seeing more driverless cars first of all.”

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