The 5th meeting of the commercial and urban vehicle sector

Most of the talks and presentations were held in the Norbert Detoux Lecture Theatre (named after the founder of SOLUTRANS)


Providing an update on the major expectations and issues faced by the industry in 6 talks and presentations under the aegis of the PFA Automotive industry and mobilities.

SOLUTRANS talks are free of charge. 

2017 is a watershed year for the heavy goods vehicle and equipment manufacturing industries. While 2013 had seen the introduction of the Euro VI anti-pollution standard, the next edition of SOLUTRANS will see discussions around the total overhaul of heavy-duty vehicles in their ergonomics and their equipment. Trucks and LCVs which will be connected and increasingly autonomous. Brussels is preparing several papers in this vein. In an increasingly competitive industrial market, responsiveness and innovation are imperatives. The question is no longer about just fulfilling the customers’ need, but quickly. By espousing digital technology, the truck sector has adopted connected tools linking up with other digital opportunities (simulation, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality) along the entire chain: from production to the operation of heavy-duty vehicle fleets in transportation companies. The sector’s factory of the future is in the making. We will be developing all of these aspects during the talks and presentations at the 2017 edition of SOLUTRANS, reasserting its status as the trade show for innovation. 

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Opening plenary

Keynote lecture of the 5th meeting of the sector – Tuesday 21 November – From 2pm to 3.45pm
Key issues for the future of the heavy goods vehicle sector: energy mix and market evolution

Caution, this lecture will be held in the Mezzanine Room 3

  • Key points for the future of the industry 
  • Presentation of a White Paper, designed as a guide to choosing and purchasing all types of vehicles
    • The White Paper is the result of work conducted by GTFM* véhicules gaz, a cooperation between FFC* and AFGNV* under the aegis of the PFA*.
    • The GTFM, or industry speciality working group, brings together a number of players from the automotive and energy industries. Its role is to address the question of alternative fuels and associated infrastructure to enable the transport sector to play an active role in the energy transition.

Connected vehicles

Presentations - Wednesday 22 November - From 2.30pm to 4.30pm 
Presentation "HGV’s and urban vehicles: autonomous driverless concepts: reality or Utopia?”
Presentation “Connected vehicles and semitrailers: for better tracking of goods and people”

In recent times the media has latched onto the notion of the autonomous and driverless truck, dreaming of motorways on which hundreds of heavy goods vehicles and LCVs would travel without any human intervention. Even if this “liberation” of the driver will not happen for many years yet (if it ever does one day), vehicles are continuing their shift towards independence. Driving aids and passive and active safety components have already over the past few years transformed the truck into a connected and autonomous vehicle. But should we try and do without people altogether? Are autonomous trucks a reality? These are the questions we will try to answer with insight from specialists in the field. 

Customer-supplier relations

Presentation – Thursday 23 November - From 11am to 12.30pm
“Carrier-consignors: solutions to improve and oversee a customer-supplier relationship which is highly exposed today”

Haulage companies and consigners belong to two separate worlds which have no knowledge, or at least limited knowledge of each other. Whatever the steps of the logistics chain (preparation, reception, loading, relation with the recipient) missions and responsibilities vary. On several occasions, projects have tried to better streamline and provide a framework for the relations between consigners, forwarders, carriers and subcontractors in the form of contracts, without truly succeeding. The template contract (dating back to 2001) was rewritten this year, resulting in the publication of a new version. With the help of experts, we will take a look at the main changes which take into account electronics, higher compensation ceilings, contract termination conditions, etc. 

Smart city

Presentation – Thursday 23 November - From 2pm to 3pm
“Transpolis, the first laboratory town dedicated to urban mobility and smart and connected goods vehicles”

The test future city dedicated to mobility is unique in Europe. Located in the Greater Lyon area and spanning 80 hectares, Transpolis is a connected, smart, life-size laboratory city where new urban mobility solutions will be tested through a systemic approach applied to vehicles, energy uses, road infrastructure, communications networks, e-commerce and even to urban furniture. The project’s sponsors and several public and private sector partners will present an outline of Transpolis which should commence operations in the next one or two years.

New motorisation and energy

Presentation – Friday 24 November - From 11am to 12.30pm
“Commercial and urban vehicles: an energy mix developed in France and beyond our borders"

There has never been such a wide range of alternatives to diesel offered by the manufacturers of heavy goods vehicles. From gas to electricity or hydrogen, projects have progressed from test phase to production, even if the domestic market is as yet quite small. Several French carriers have opted for a vehicle fleet running on gas or electricity for city deliveries. Some of them will speak of their experience at this presentation. HGV manufacturers will mention the advantages of these solutions which remain alternatives to diesel, which they have no intention of eliminating. 


Presentation – Friday 24 November - From 2.30pm to 4pm
"Cybersecurity: is the Heavy Goods Vehicle sector properly equipped to deal with hacking risks? Anxieties and Challenges."

At a time when production and sales methods are “connectalising”, risks to cybersecurity represent a highly sensitive subject, and the heavy-duty vehicle sector is not immune to this. It is essential to conduct surveillance of factory production networks both at equipment and bodywork manufacturers and on the HGV assembly lines, in order to prevent, or at least mitigate, risks. Once in operation, vehicles are still exposed: once again, the numerous connectivity systems aboard trucks are gateways for hacking attacks against transport companies. With input provided by cybersecurity experts, we offer a rundown of the risks listed in the sector and the solutions to deal with them.