Volvo Trucks has more than 200,000 connected vehicles in North America. This figure is part of more than 560,000 connected trucks globally in the Volvo Trucks family, and is part of the greater total recently reached of one million connected vehicles in Volvo Group worldwide.
As early as 2012, Volvo Trucks introduced Remote Diagnostics, which enables customers to transmit information to and from their trucks reliably and to monitor fault codes in real-time, delivering assessments and solutions based on severity. This allows for faster and more comprehensive diagnostics and repairs, while also providing fleets with information on driving habits, fuel usage, truck performance and more.
The next advancement from Volvo Trucks was Remote Programming, which works hand-in-hand with Remote Diagnostics and allows for over-the-air software and parameter updates to be made in a matter of minutes when the truck is in a stationary position with cellular service. These solutions served as the foundation of Volvo Trucks’ future technologies that are now included in its connectivity offerings.
Continuing forward, Volvo Trucks then announced the partnership with global analytics leader SAS, enhancing Remote Diagnostics with an advanced analytics platform and use of artificial intelligence for a more precise analysis of the truck. That same year, Volvo Trucks announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with transportation software leader Trimble Transportation Enterprise to develop transportation management and fleet maintenance products and services.
In the last year alone, Volvo Trucks has announced a number of new products and services further enhancing connectivity in its vehicles, including an expansion of parameter updates, its new Dynamic Maintenance service and Geotab Drive.
The Parameter Plus Package, allowing for up to 50 remote parameter updates annually per vehicle, was the first iteration of the innovative subscription package enabling customers to reach peak performance while maximizing uptime. Volvo Trucks then expanded upon this with a new series of updates, providing customers with more than 250 parameters to choose from, complementing the Parameter Plus package.
Next, Volvo Trucks introduced Dynamic Maintenance, a connected vehicle maintenance service intended to improve fleet operations efficiency through proactive maintenance planning. This service was designed in partnership with Noregon Systems to enable customized service plans at an individual-vehicle level to improve fleet management for its customers.
Just recently, Volvo Trucks announced the introduction of Geotab Drive, a streamlined FMCSA-compliant Electronic Logging Device (ELD), developed in partnership with world-class telematics leader Geotab. The integrated, cloud-based system provides customers with a seamless solution to monitor and record accurate logs.