Detroit™ showed off innovative hardware and software at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition, which ended Tuesday in Philadelphia.
The Detroit hardware (product offerings) on display was the integrated Powertrain, featuring the down sped rated DD15®engine/DT12™ automated manual transmission/high speed tandem axle combination with the Detroit Assurance™ suite of safety systems.
The Detroit Assurance display simulated the radar and camera systems that keep Freightliner trucks in their lanes and out of accidents.
Detroit Connect revealed to industry execs new services and technology to be launched over the next year.
A new customer-facing portal will serve as the access point for all services offered by Detroit Connect. Available on all Freightliner and Western Star models with Detroit engines, it will let users gather even more information about fleet performance and specific fault events communicated by the Virtual Technician™ remote diagnostic system. The portal will also allow users to view and archive Detroit Diesel Engine Control (DDEC) reports, which use diagnostics to further analyze driver and vehicle performance.
In addition, the portal will include options for communications, reporting and subscription management customization. The portal is being introduced now to select customers with an anticipated rollout to all next spring.
The portal was not the only big news from Detroit Connect. Detroit Connect is developing a new telematics platform that will be available on select truck models in 2017. The platform will have new connected vehicle communications hardware that can be used globally. This will allow integration with third-party applications and reduce the need for additional hardware.
The new telematics platform will use cellular service and is the introduction of flash over-the-air capabilities, including remote vehicle parameter settings, remote downloading of DDEC reports and remote flashing of firmware for electronic controllers.