Heavy Equipment Guide Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

Detroit Connect platform integrates first telematics service provider

Detroit Connect has collaborated with Zonar​​ to deepen the connectivity services offered on the Detroit Connect platform.
Detroit Connect has collaborated with Zonar​​ to deepen the connectivity services offered on the Detroit Connect platform.

Company info

13400 W Outer Dr
Detroit, MI
US, 48239

Website:
demanddetroit.com

Read more

2477 Deerfield Drive,
Fort Mill, SC
US, 29715

Website:
freightlinertrucks.com

Read more

18200 Cascade Avenue S., Ste. 200
Seattle, WA
US, 98188

Website:
zonarsystems.com

Read more

Detroit Connect, Daimler Trucks North America's suite of connected vehicle services, has taken the connected vehicle experience to the next level. Third party telematics service providers can now be integrated into the Detroit Connect platform. 

The proprietary Detroit Connect platform, exclusive to the Freightliner new Cascadia, was designed to allow the services of third party providers to be supported via the platform, providing customers the flexibility to work with the partner of their choice as well as eliminating the need to install additional hardware. Another added benefit is the integrated services will also be factory installed, which should help reduce the time it takes customers to in-service their vehicles.

"Integrating the services of third party providers onto our Detroit Connect platform is a real game-changer," said Jason Krajewski, director of connectivity for Daimler Trucks North America. "It provides us the ability to expand our capabilities and push the bounds of the connected vehicle experience."

Detroit Connect has collaborated with Zonar to deepen the connectivity services offered on the Detroit Connect platform. Zonar will be the first telematics service provider integrated onto the Detroit Connect platform, further strengthening the partnership between Detroit Connect and Zonar.

Starting in April, Zonar offerings will be available on the Detroit Connect Platform allowing customers to access Zonar's patented telematics technologies, including Ground Traffic Control (GTC), Zonar's web-based fleet management solution without having to install additional hardware on the vehicle.

"Our long-term relationship with Zonar has already led to significant advancements in the connectivity solutions we offer," said Krajewski. "Through our partnership, we'll continue to develop services that will blend our vehicle expertise with Zonar's proficiency in fleet management solutions."

DTNA and Zonar's partnership began in 2011, when the companies collaborated to bring Detroit Connect Virtual Technician to market. In 2015, DTNA became a minority investor in Zonar to continue its industry leadership in telematics services.

"We are honored to have jointly developed Zonar products on the Detroit Connect platform," said Gary Schmidt, vice president of business solutions at Zonar. "We will continue to collaborate on future telematics services, through our ongoing partnership, toward a joint vision of providing fleets with connected systems that deliver actionable insights, and improve safety, maintenance, and efficiency throughout the trucking industry."

The Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services also includes Detroit Connect Virtual Technician, Analytics and Remote Updates, which now includes firmware over-the-air updates.

"Ultimately, our goal is to drive new solutions that will help shape and evolve the way customers' interact with the vehicle while at the same time enhancing the customer experience," said Krajewski.

More from Trucking

Mack Trucks’ RoadLife 2.0 debuts with double feature

Mack Trucks is doubling down on the debut of RoadLife 2.0 with the launch of two episodes on roadlife.tv. Featuring the grueling efforts of Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) snowplow drivers to clear one of the snowiest highways in the U.S., to the challenge of building a modern logistics business from the ground up, RoadLife 2.0 picks up from last season, sharing the stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things. 

Ford's latest chassis cab offers more capacity in a smaller package

When Ford held its annual press event at the Work Truck Show this past March, nobody was expecting a brand-new nameplate to be introduced - but that's just what happened, and buyers will be able to take advantage of that surprise addition to the company's chassis cab line in 2020.

The state-of-the-art Alpha MUTT with ABS from IPA integrates all aspects of trailer inspection

Innovative Products of America (IPA) announces the #5700A ALPHA MUTT with ABS, a complete diagnostic trailer inspection system that integrates all aspects of trailer service and repair. A technician can now control and test all lighting, ABS and air brake circuits with the provided tablet while conducting a walk around PMI or DOT inspection. 

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup offers hefty half-ton torque

The 2020 Ram 1500 will become Canada's most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 5,697 kg (12,560 lb), the manufacturer states.  The all-new third-generation 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V-6 is also expected to lead the segment on fuel economy.

Volvo Trucks launches nationwide warranty program for pre-owned trucks

Volvo Trucks is revolutionizing the used truck industry with the introduction of its Volvo Certified program, headlined by the factory-backed Volvo Certified Warranty for pre-owned trucks. The Volvo Certified Warranty's engine and transmission coverage is modeled after the Volvo Engine Plan 2 Protection Plan for new trucks. Combining dependability with the value of a pre-owned vehicle, Volvo Certified models offer customers the opportunity to own a fully inspected, reconditioned and warrantied Volvo truck at a significant savings. 

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Chevrolet equips 2020 Silverado with new, advanced 3.0L Duramax diesel

The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado's available 3.0L Duramax inline-six turbo-diesel engine adds choice and versatility for full-size truck customers, offering torque and horsepower in addition to focusing on fuel economy and capability. It is the first-ever inline-six turbo-diesel offered in Chevrolet's full-size light-duty trucks.

Mack Defense to partner with JWF on U.S. Army heavy dump trucks

Mack Defense announced JWF Defense Systems (JWFDS) will provide the armored cab system for the M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) contract the U.S. Army recently awarded to Mack Defense. JWFDS will be responsible for fabricating and painting the complete armored cab system, which will then be installed by Mack Defense.

Daimler Trucks establishes global organization for highly automated driving

Daimler Trucks is establishing the Autonomous Technology Group as a global organization for automated driving, bringing together its worldwide expertise and activities, as of June 1. The main tasks of the new unit comprise overall strategy and implementation of the automated driving roadmap, including research and development as well as setting up the required operations infrastructure and network, heading towards the series production of highly automated trucks (SAE level 4).

2020 Silverado 1500 from Chevrolet offers more where it matters

For 2020, Chevrolet makes the strongest, most advanced Silverado even more so with several new features that include the new 10-speed automatic transmission paired with the 5.3L V-8 standard on the LT Trail Boss and available on the High Country; the legendary 6.2L V-8 offered on Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trims; and available technologies including new trailering features and Adaptive Cruise Control - Camera.

Mack Defense highlights Medium Support Vehicle System roll-out at CANSEC 2019

Mack Defense will showcase the ongoing delivery of its Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) trucks to Canada at the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CANSEC) trade show, May 29-30 at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. CANSEC brings together leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace and joint forces military units.

Innovation, improvements added to 2020 GMC Sierra 1500

GMC is taking premium to the next level with all new availability for a carbon fibre bed, 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel and 10 speed automatic transmission, plus additional technology like Adaptive Cruise Control - Camera to elevate the ownership experience in the 2020 Sierra 1500. The updates add to a robust portfolio of technologies that deliver an innovative and premium ownership experience.

Triton Tri-Drive air suspension latest addition to Link vocational line

Link Mfg., Ltd. has delivered the first set of its new Triton Tri-Drive Air Suspensions. The industry's first ultra-high-capacity tri-drive air suspensions are engineered to be used in multi-axle configurations for heavy-haul and off-highway applications, according to the manufacturer. Designed for traditional production line installation, Triton's brawny 105K carrying capacity gives OEMs a viable and efficient path to broaden their product offerings by increasing the load-bearing capabilities of existing vehicle platforms.

Beco relies on Mack Pinnacle and Anthem for on-time mail delivery

Bruce Hoger has BECO Inc. dialed in to reliability, on-time performance and fuel economy. The fleet is as dependable as the mail, which is what you expect from a company that delivered its first load for the nation's post office in 1951 and is now the fifth-largest mail hauler in the U.S. It's a market segment that remains in demand.

Navistar Edmonton parts distribution center named industry's best for second consecutive year

Navistar International Corporation was recently recognized by industry solutions advisor Carlisle & Co. for having two of the highest performing parts distribution centers in the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors. The Edmonton, Alberta Parts Distribution Center (PDC) was awarded the Top Performing Warehouse in the Truck and Heavy Equipment category for the second consecutive year, while the Queretaro, Mexico PDC was named the second-place honoree.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

Full refresh for Western Star 4700

The 4700 has been the workhorse vocational truck of the Western Star line for quite some time, providing customers with power and versatility for whatever their needs might be.

Volvo Trucks expands over-the-air offerings with new parameter updates

Volvo Trucks' newest series of parameter updates complements its newly-launched Parameter Plus subscription package, which allows for up to 50 parameter updates annually per covered vehicle. With over 250 parameters to choose from, this new set of updates will provide customers with notable value in terms of cost savings, fuel efficiency and uptime.

Commercial vehicle innovation enabler: Bosch brings advanced solutions to the new Nikola Two truck

Nikola Motor Company showcased its hydrogen-electric powered semi-truck, the Nikola Two, live in action for the first time to the general public at its Nikola World event. Bosch technology and expertise helped Nikola to realize the fully functional Nikola Two hydrogen-electric truck with industry-ready heavy-duty truck components and systems. The technology and system approach is adaptable for use in Nikola's full line of vehicles, including the Nikola One Sleeper Cab and the Nikola Tre, a hydrogen-electric truck for European markets.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Connecting the bigger picture - Volvo shows future of sustainable transport

Sustainability initiatives are rapidly changing the transportation industry, with increased focus on major technological advancements to create these opportunities. At the upcoming Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, April 23-26, 2019, Volvo Trucks (Booth #1634) will demonstrate The Bigger Picture - going beyond the truck to explore the future of trucking and sustainable transport solutions through electromobility, automation and connectivity. 

Mack adds third Certified Uptime Dealer location in Quebec

Mack Trucks has named Montreal-based Mack Laval its third Mack Certified Uptime Dealer in the province of Quebec, and third French-language location. The accreditation confirms the dealer has met stringent requirements to amplify customer service and uptime. Mack made the announcement April 11 during ExpoCam at Place Bonaventure, Montreal.

Daimler Trucks acquires Torc Robotics to create automated trucks powerhouse

Daimler Trucks, a division in the Daimler Group, and Torc Robotics, a pioneer in autonomous driving solutions, are joining forces in a one-of-a-kind combination to commercialize highly automated trucks (SAE Level 4) on U.S. roads. Going beyond an OEM/supplier relationship, the companies signed an agreement today for Daimler AG's subsidiary Daimler Trucks and Buses Holding Inc., to acquire a majority stake in Torc Robotics for an undisclosed sum. Closing of the acquisition is subject to approval from U.S. authorities.

Understanding the consequences of driving overloaded vehicles

Fleet professionals are tasked with providing safe, reliable and compliant vehicles for their organization. In many cases, fleet professionals that design these work trucks only have indirect control and/or input on how these vehicles are used after being placed in service. One of the biggest concerns is understanding the consequences of operating overloaded vehicles. This includes drivability issues, reliability and maintenance concerns, and the regulatory impacts and liability risks associated with operating overloaded vehicles. With some forethought in the vehicle design phase and broad-based education for all stakeholders, these issues can be minimized, if not completely eliminated.

International has returned to the Class 4/5 segment with its introduction of the CV series commercial trucks

It has been a few years since the medium-duty truck landscape featured vehicles carrying the iconic International name. That gap has been filled, as parent company Navistar has launched the International CV series of Class 4/5 trucks – a lineup that features heavy-duty construction and power while meeting the needs of operators seeking trucks that are easily customized.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more