Thermacool Comfort Seat is an effective alternate solution of Air Condition in Bus & Truck
First time in India, a new technology has been introduced for making the driving comfortable for drivers in heavy vehicles. Trucking is one of the important links that facilitates productivity and competitive efficiency, leading to rapid economic development of the country.
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 main reason for decrease in alertness and efficiency levels of truck drivers causing accident.
Newly introduced technology for drivers ‘ThermaCool Comfort Seat’ provides a 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 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 favourable, the body reacts negatively. It impacts the psychological condition 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 driver runs around 300 km a day, even 1% improvement in performance means 1000 km of annual improvement or Rs 45000 of increased business potential.
In light of the large 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 truck transporter. As the mileage will be impacted by over 10%, thereby resulting in 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.
About Dhama :
- 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 is headquartered 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 love to tinker with technology, experiment with ideas and give shape to their vision of making beautifully functional technology and products a reality.