Volta Trucks partners with HERE Technologies to deliver a tailored last-mile electric vehicle navigation system featuring what3words
New technology will help lower costs, improve scalability and consistently update and upgrade the driver experience
Volta Trucks, a leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has confirmed that the forthcoming Volta Zero will feature integrated navigation services from HERE Technologies. This is a leading location data and technology platform.
The Volta Zero will use EV Range Assistant, a feature from HERE tailored for inner-city deliveries. It includes range prediction for trucks on route and allows for route planning including multiple delivery stops. Search, routing, real-time traffic and turn-by-turn voice guidance will be available both on- and off-line.
HERE Navigation allows Volta Trucks to take advantage of the navigation-as-a-service model to deliver a simplified infotainment supply chain and development process.
The benefits include lowering costs, improving scalability, and allows Volta Trucks to deliver a unique In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system that can be remotely configured and monitored by customers, making it possible to consistently update and upgrade the driver experience.
Secure data transfer between the truck and cloud enhances driver safety and privacy, while also accessing the latest map data via streaming.
With HERE Navigation, drivers will be able to use innovative geolocation technology, what3words. what3words is a simple way to identify a location in a manner that is more precise than a street address.
what3words has divided the world into a grid of three-metre squares and given each square a unique combination of three random words: a what3words address.
Drivers can enter what3words addresses directly into their in-truck systems, allowing them to easily navigate to locations as specific as building entrances or loading bays. This makes it ideal for busy drivers making multiple deliveries in a city.
Volta Trucks recently unveiled the final production-ready design of the Volta Zero, a fully-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle. Production of the first 25 design verification prototype vehicles is due to start shortly. These prototypes will embark on a comprehensive and rigorous testing regime that starts in early 2022.
Ian Collins, Volta Trucks chief product officer, said: ‘HERE Technologies is another world-class partner for Volta Trucks, delivering the full features of embedded navigation but with the user experience of a mobile navigation application.
“With HERE Navigation, we can provide innovative and differentiated experiences to our drivers while simplifying our supply chain – a key benefit supporting our accelerated route to market”.
Gino Ferru, HERE Technologies senior vice president, said: “We are pleased to be putting the long experience gained working with leading OEMs to good use by helping Volta Trucks offer the best navigation experience to its truck drivers.
“Navigating 16-ton trucks within city centres is a challenge in itself – with our truck attributes and our EV range calculator, Volta Zero drivers can focus on what matters the most - the road ahead.”