In a close collaboration of MAN Truck & Bus and our institute between 2015 and 2018, VMC®-related methods have been adapted and applied within the drivetrain development at MAN.
The emphasis was on assessing the correlation between properties of reference routes and the behaviour of truck users in the field with respect to drivetrain performance. Such a route may contain all consumption relevant road conditions in a mixture, which resembles the average usage of a truck. In that case, the route may be representative for either a long-haul application or for a distribution application but not for both. Another route may be constructed to contain all consumption relevant road conditions for observing the drivetrain performance (in test or simulation). In the latter case, the route is not representative for a group of truck users. Instead, data collected on that route need to be correlated to the customer usage of the truck in a certain market by means of usage models.