Connected vehicles have now become commonplace on UK roads, but Scania has announced it has 500,000 of them.

The Swedish truck manufacturer states that the half a million vehicles are placed within 100 markets.

In addition, they are providing a constant source of data and analytics to help drivers and operators.

For example, the connected vehicles can send messages about product use or logistics patterns on any given journey.

Scania’s Venugopal Gangaiah, isn’t underestimating the importance of having large numbers of connected vehicles.

“It is vital in our journey towards becoming a sustainable end-to-end solution provider of transport,” said Gangaiah. 

“Scania wouldn’t be where it is today without the first vehicle being connected some 20 years ago, making this possible. 

Furthermore, he praised Scania’s Fleet Management Portal and communicator technology as important milestones.

There were 100,000 connected Scanias in 2014 and that figure has consistently risen by around 60,000 a year since.

In addition, since 2019, it has been possible to connect industrial and marine engines to the system.

 Every new Scania that leaves the factory comes equipped with a communicating device.

However, customers need to physically sig up to a contract for the vehicle data to be transmitted.

The free-of-charge service includes a monitoring package and a fleet app, where customers can view performance and consumption figures.

Meanwhile, the most popular add-on is the control package, which gives more information.

For example, it covers efficiency, productivity, safety and the environmental impact of the business.

Scania’s Eva Sahlström has predicted big advances for the technology over the coming years.

“The current communicator, C300, will be upgraded to a C400, enabling quicker and more advanced data collection and analysis,” she said. 

“This will result in even more modular and tailored services and it is a prerequisite for reaching our science-based targets.