International News — 26 September 2016

Scania has taken the idea of driving around the clock a step further by creating a giant timepiece out of trucks.

The world’s first clock made of trucks started ticking on Tuesday, 20 September and required 14 vehicles, 90 drivers and 750,000 square feet of land.

According to Scania’s head of marketing and communications, Staffan Arvas, there are similarities between timepieces and trucks, and the idea demonstrated the capabilities of the brand’s telematics systems.

“Trucks are huge, powerful machines, but they’re also intricately designed, refined instruments. Just like watches. Each truck had to be optimized for its specific task in the clock, and real-time monitoring and analysis through our connected services made the whole operation possible,” Arvas said.

In order to keep time, each truck had to maintain a different speed. In the case of the second hand, the inner most truck held 13km/h while the outside truck travelled at 53km/h.

Driver Elin Engstrom said without precision, the whole concept would have failed.

“The most demanding challenge in long haulage is precision and punctuality. The clock was the ultimate test of staying in your line, maintaining your speed and keeping track of every second for 24 hours straight. All the drivers had to be in perfect sync and precision was the key to achieving this,” he said.

 

 

 

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