In a report, Trucks were found responsible for 11.5% (11,600) and buses were involved in 10,740 of the 1.4 lakh road deaths in 2015. Overheating and over chilling is the primary reason for the decrease in alertness and efficiency levels of truck drivers causing an accident.
Newly introduced technology for drivers ‘ThermaCool Comfort Seat’ provides promising solutions to the problem. This new device is an affordable temperature controlled automobile seat jointly developed and patented by General Motors USA and Dhama Innovations.
This affordable seat can keep the driver at desired temperatures for comfort and efficiency between 14°C and 50°C. It runs on the vehicle’s battery taking only 40 W and has a negligible effect on mileage, said Kranthi Kiran Vistakula, Founder, and CEO of Dhama Innovations.
On average, a truck driver travels around 300 km/day. When the climatic conditions are not favorable, the body reacts negatively. It impacts the mental status of the driver and productivity. ThermaCool Comfort Seat provides comfort to the driver which leads to improved efficiency, increased driver alertness, less fatigue and driver retention. As per calculation, if the driver runs around 300 km a day, even 1% improvement in performance means 1000 km of annual growth or Rs 45000 of increased business potential.
In light of a significant number of road accidents involving trucks, the Government of India is mulling over several strategies to increase driver comfort. It is considering amending the Motor Vehicle Act to make it mandatory for manufacturers to fit ACs into the driver’s cabin of all new trucks sold from April 1st, 2017.
Jitesh Chheda, Owner of Chheda Cargo Carrier, says “AC will not be cost effective for the vehicle transporter. As the mileage will be impacted by over 10%, thereby resulting in the increase in freight. Also, in many cases, cost savings in mileage go to the driver so even if we have AC in the driver cabin, they wouldn’t switch it on and thereby would defeat the whole objective of the government.” In such condition ‘ThermaCool Comfort Seat’ can help provide the promising solution.
• Dhama Innovations Pvt. Ltd. is a rapidly growing temperature based wearable electronics company founded in January 2008. The company holds an innovative proprietary patented cooling/heating technology called ClimaCon®. It is the only wearable technology that allows the users to precisely control the temperature within a wide operating range of 320F (00C) to 1400F (600C) at the touch of a button. ClimaCon® being eco-friendly, exceedingly lightweight and portable, has been fashioned into a futuristic product portfolio to cater to the needs and demands of the automotive, healthcare, sports markets, and pain management.
• The company has headquarters in Hyderabad, India with a team of designers, engineers and strategists from premier institutes like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and National Institute of Design (NID). Who loves to tinker with technology, experiment with ideas and give shape to their vision of making beautifully functional technology and products a reality.