This week Diesel News is reporting on Dana HQ, Mobileye Takeover, Supply Chain Visibility and an Autonomous Trial, read on!
Dana has opened its new Australian headquarters, manufacturing facility, and aftermarket distribution centre in Keysborough, in SE Melbourne. The purpose-built 10,000 m2 facility replaces an existing Dana facility in nearby Hallam.
At the facility the company produces Spicer axles, driveshafts, steer shafts, and joint assemblies for trucks, as well as driveshafts for the light-vehicle industry. In addition, the building serves as the aftermarket distribution centre for products covering all vehicle types sourced locally and from Dana’s global portfolio.
“The opening of Dana’s new Australian facility is the culmination of a comprehensive, multi-year team effort, based on Dana’s customer-centric vision,” said Peter Langworthy, Dana Australia Managing Director. “Dana has served the Australian market for more than 40 years, and our customers will find that this new facility symbolises Dana’s continued commitment to the unique needs of this market.”
Global hi-tech company, Intel and, driver vision systems maker, Mobileye have announced an agreement in which Intel will acquire Mobileye. The acquisition will see Intel’s computing and connectivity expertise integrated with Mobileye’s computer vision expertise to create automated driving solutions from the cloud through the network to the vehicle.
The announcement claimed this combination is expected to accelerate innovation for the automotive industry and position Intel as a leading technology provider in the fast-growing market for highly and fully autonomous vehicles. Intel estimates the vehicle systems, data and services market opportunity to be up to $70 billion by 2030.
The Australian Government has welcomed an Austroads report on the adoption of advanced technologies to make freight movements more visible from one end of the supply chain to the other.
Darren Chester said the findings of Austroads’ report were in line with the Government’s commitment to develop a comprehensive national freight and supply chain strategy.
“Improving the ability of businesses to keep track of freight from the time an item leaves the farm or factory gate until it is delivered, is crucial to improving the operational efficiency of supply chains in Australia,” said Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. “To help make this a reality, we will be asking the independent inquiry into the establishment of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy to consider Austroads’ findings.”
Investigating the potential benefits of enhanced end to end supply chain visibility, involved several major pilot studies examining how the adoption of ‘visibility’ technologies using Global Data Standards (GDS), enables all stakeholders in a supply chain to keep track of freight.
“Austroads’ pilot studies showed that larger transport businesses which have adopted GDS-based technologies effectively build a capability to create connectivity and improve visibility throughout their supply chains,” said Chester said.
A platooning system known as the Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control system has been trialling platooning technology in a real-world setting on the streets of Los Angeles.
The Volvo trucks used the platooning control system, involving forward-looking radar and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to maintain speed and spacing. The project was a joint venture between the University of California, Berkeley Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) and Volvo Trucks of North America.
“We saw a demonstration of a truck technology that promises to improve California’s existing freight system by enhancing truck safety and increasing capacity on existing highways,” said Malcolm Dougherty, California Transport Director. “
The three trucks were set to drive 15 metres apart at 90km/h hauling containers, similar to those used at the port and at industrial centres throughout Los Angeles County. During the demonstration other members of the team tested systems further by cutting in front of the platooning trucks to simulate normal traffic conditions.