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The road transport world is undergoing transformation in many respects. Consumer patterns are changing fast, bringing hauliers and shippers to review their fleet management practices. Similarly, the transition to a low-carbon economy has led to new CO2 emission regulations. Change is therefore coming, in a short space of time, to an entire sector: from vehicle and equipment manufacturers to indirect market players. Through a series of talks and round tables, SOLUTRANS takes a closer look at this unavoidable change in the sector by shining a spotlight on several themes : energy transition (alternative fuels, infrastructure, urban mobility, etc.), circular economy, digitalisation (artificial intelligence, security), new regulations, employment and training.

Program in progress

Tuesday 16 November 2021

  • PLENARY - The energy transition -we are all involved!

What is now on the table is not to figure out when we will be able to produce zero-emission commercial and heavy goods vehicles, but how and at what price. The European Union has imposed strict CO2 emissions targets for industrial vehicles in the next ten years. It is a great challenge. All players in the sector as well as politicians must contribute towards these targets. To help manufacturers and transporters achieve these targets, the French Bodywork Federation (FFC) has launched a genuine measuring tool, VISION'AIR, which will be presented during this plenary meeting.

Wednesday 17 November 2021

  • OPENING CONFERENCE- Hydrogen: What does the future hold for the HGV sector?

Industrial vehicle manufacturers are betting on carbon-free hydrogen in the next two to five years as a solution for the future. The French government's recovery plan has devoted 7.2 billion euros to hydrogen over the next ten years. The commercial vehicle industry intends to seize this opportunity to design, produce and market fuel cell trucks. The other players in what is defined as a hydrogen industry in France and Europe will also have to participate, in particular to set up an adequate refuelling network.

  • A century innovation in heavy vehicles

Although the first truck ever imagined left the factory in 1898, it wasn't until the 1920s that a vehicle resembling today's HGV appeared. Four truck and industrial vehicle industry specialists will retrace 100 years of truck technology in its various aspects: equipment, engine (fuel), comfort and safety. This will be an opportunity to look back at the major developments of the HGV industry in the last century.

  • Alternative solutions: how to achieve CO2 objectives

Brussels is imposing a huge challenge on the HGV industry to exclusively produce zero-emission vehicles by 2030. Industrial vehicle manufacturers are committed to this challenge. We will evaluate the various scenarios put in place by industrial vehicle manufacturers and analyse their impact on the production, marketing and operation of non-thermal vehicles.

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) applied to heavy goods vehicles - Part 1. The age of digitalisation

The Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity have invaded not only the automotive industry but also the utility, HGV and trailer industry. In the age of digitalisation, in the presence of international experts and manufacturers, we will be presenting what currently exists on the market in terms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the HGV industry, which is just as advanced on this topic as the automobile industry.

  • Think Tank CARA (INTEL) - The trailer of the future : what developments ahead for haulage ? 

Road convoys evolve. Soon, trailers will be communicative, modular, more efficient, and even… motorized? In short, smart. Data exchange to facilitate the management of new use cases of industrial trailers, increased aerodynamics, and integrated energy recovery systems are all levers for improving performance from start to finish in on and off-road logistics in freight transport. The expected benefits are economic as well as ecological and societal, with technological challenges and staff training needs, not to mention the issue of accessibility to flourishing low emission zones.

Thursday 18 November 2021

  • A new form of consumption and transportation

Everyone has changed, either by conviction or obligation, their way of consuming. In turn, this change in daily habits has really impacted the transportation of consumer products. We will compare how the French consume and the significant impact on the transformation of transport (including the impact of e-commerce and the position of shippers).

  • Decarbonisation of long-distance good haulage – what role for electric roads?

Among the options on the table to help decarbonise heavy commercial vehicles, several prospects are emerging that involve electric batteries and hydrogen. In this perspective, experiments of Electric Road Systems (ERS) have been launched across Europe to develop dynamic power transfer. What are the contributions from these various technologies (catenary, rail, induction)? What areas of complementarity exist between these and other technical solutions and energies?

  • Urban mobility: how do commercial and heavy vehicles fit in? 

The new local shops in city centres, the explosion of e-commerce, and the delivery requirements to keep e-customers have redefined urban and logistics mobility. Manufacturers have had to rethink the very design of commercial vehicles, mainly medium-duty vehicles. But how do cities and urban mobility stakeholders fit them in?

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) applied to heavy goods vehicles - Part 2. Data protection

Anyone who uses a tablet, a smartphone or even a simple computer questions the security of their data. Even more so in the commercial vehicle industry and in road transport. In addition to the value of the vehicle, the value of the goods being transported is also of concern. New tools are now available to secure data and content.

  • FutureProof LCV by Renault 

Mobility is facing an array of extraordinary challenges, with goods transportation in cities among the most affected. Renault has been addressing these challenges for over a century, and is preparing to rise to the mightiest among them: the energy transition, new forms of organisation in mobility, new user patterns, automation. An overview of the main initiatives and how they translate into action, today, tomorrow and in the longer term.

Friday 19 November 2021

  • HGV maintenance: a complete revolution

The arrival of predictive systems is giving way to a significant development in the maintenance and repair of industrial vehicles. Commercial and heavy goods vehicles are less present in workshops. This change is forcing the players in the sector, such as manufacturers, equipment suppliers, distributors and commercial vehicle repairers, to review their aftermarket concept and organisation.

  • WLTP, VECTO: What impact on the sector?

The measurement procedures WLTP (light duty vehicles) and VECTO (heavy-duty vehicles) oblige vehicle, equipment and bodywork manufacturers to review their design, production and sales processes. In the presence of LCV and HGV manufacturers, body builders and other industry professionals, we will discuss the impacts caused by these new regulations on business, costs and the organisation of the commercial vehicle sector.

  • HGV recycling: an economic and environmental reality

The new regulations (European Union directive on ELVs or end-of-life vehicles) require the IV industry to rethink the recycling of commercial vehicles and heavy goods vehicles. Presentation of a study on the implementation of a recycling and reusing sector for heavy goods vehicle parts.

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) applied to heavy goods vehicles - Part 3. Infrastructure and the role of 5G

Today, only smart HGVs transmit and receive data. The nature of the data is evolving; soon, it will apply to not only the comfort and safety components of the vehicle but also to its itinerary. 5G will soon play a crucial role in autonomous - or at least automated - trucks. In addition to private use, a distribution network dedicated to transport is being set up.

Saturday 20 November 2021

  • HGV drivers, how are you doing?

Despite significant progress in recent years (cab comfort, development of passive and active safety), road transport driver is probably today one of the professions most exposed to occupational risks (on the road, during handling, musculoskeletal and psychosocial disorders). This conference will bring together the various players on this issue. Several topics will be addressed: an assessment of the state of health of HGV drivers, solutions to remedy the situation, prevention of occupational risks, disability in road transport. The idea is to offer constructive insight to road professionals exposed to high stress.