Off-highway OEMs today face unprecedented challenges in the development of new vehicles, as they face increasingly strict emissions standards and end-user demand for better fuel efficiency that must be balanced with minimizing cost of ownership.
While connected technologies for passenger vehicles are moving toward more widespread, everyday use, the benefits of improved performance, safety, durability, and fuel economy offered by connected vehicles are rapidly gaining a foothold in the off-highway market as well, says Dana's George Constand.
The five megatrends that Dana sees impacting the global transportation industry are geopolitical shift, changing demographics, sustainability, the evolution of mobility, and advancing technology.
Lightweighting, direct fuel injection and turbocharging have been vital to achieving significant improvements in performance and efficiency; however, mechanical solutions alone cannot solve these challenges, says Dana CTO George Constand. Integrated electronics and software solutions are key for overall system design strategies.