Work at the
cutting edge A shift to new
TOMMY HANSSON STRAND is working in
close collaboration with both customers and
partners to develop new technology solutions.
Since September 2017, he has been head of the
Innovation Lab, a new unit
within Connected Solutions.
In addition to being at the
cutting edge when it comes
to finding the services of the
future, the Innovation Lab
has been tasked with cutting
the time between concept and
“We are working
proactively and are following
everything that is happening within the digital
ecosystem closely. In the connected world,
everything moves quickly and there are many new
players who could be potential partners,” he says.
TO DEVELOP THE services of the future, it is
also essential to understand how the products
are currently used. The data generated by the
approximately 700,000 connected assets plays an
important part in the Innovation Lab’s work. The
studies done by the Advanced Analytics team
relating to the fuel tank are concrete examples.
The data reveals that, in many cases, the fuel
tank is not totally emptied, which means that
customers do not use all the energy available.
“We can take advantage of this knowledge
in our product development, not least in
the transformation towards electrification.
Is it possible that we don’t need such large
batteries? This kind of insight creates many new
opportunities for finding effective, sustainable
solutions. What’s more, if we can deliver this
kind of value to our customers, we will also be
competitive. The two things go hand in hand.”
THE FUTURE OF GOODS TRANSPORT
Electric trucks, intelligent infrastructure and
autonomous transport are set to be common by
2030. That could open up a range of benefits –
no traffic jams, for example.
THE SPEED OF change makes 2030 feel
like a long way off for Mikael Karlsson,
who heads up the Autonomous
Solutions division at Volvo Trucks’
newly established Transformation Office
and Strategies, which is developing business
strategies for new technologies.
But he is convinced that automation will
definitely play an important part in the transport
system by then.
“Just as with manufacturing today, we expect
areas with highly repetitive transport flows will
also be highly automated: mines, busy highway
stretches and harbours, for example. But there
will also be other routes, which are still more
suitable for drivers. For these applications,
sophisticated automation functions are more
likely to be features that help drivers and
improve their work environment.”
Mikael Karlsson expects that more advanced
automation will be positive for the Volvo Group’s
overarching goals of safety, efficiency and
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