Video: Scania Creates Giant Clock with 14 Trucks
Precise Logistics and Coordination Key to Project
Anyone that works or has worked in the commercial trucking industry knows that time is of the essence. As the saying goes, “If you ain’t turnin’, you ain’t earnin’.” Reliability, uptime, and keeping a precise schedule are all key to a successful trucking business, whether you’re an independent operator or a large fleet. To demonstrate the reliability and precision of its trucks, Scania, a division of the Volkswagen Group’s heavy truck division, staged a giant 750,000-square-foot virtual clock on an empty airfield consisting of 14 trucks driven for 24 hours.
The project was a huge logistical undertaking, requiring a huge amount of forethought, planning, and real-time data and logistics. To give an idea of the planning involved, the second hand consisted of five trucks driving in formation. The truck closest to the center had to maintain a constant speed of 8 mph, while the outer truck had to maintain a speed of 33 mph. The trucks in the minute and hour hands had to make precisely coordinated starts and stops to keep precise time. You can watch the videos showing the making of, as well as the final commercial, at the mini-site scaniaclock.com.
Source: Scania Trucks