Detroit launching new Virtual Technician platform
Parent company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) says Detroit Connect is the first OEM provided, factory-installed telematics solution with remote diagnosis capability for the trucking industry.
“With products like Detroit Virtual Technician and Visibility fleet software, Detroit has already established a solid foundation for telematics solutions,” says David Hames, general manager, marketing and strategy for Daimler Trucks North America. “By formalizing the Detroit Connect brand, we are utilizing and building upon this groundwork to pave the way for additional product introductions and enhancements.”
In conjunction with the launch of the brand, Detroit Connect has also introduced its new On-Board Tablet.
The On-Board Tablet joins Virtual Technician and Visibility fleet software solutions to create a comprehensive suite of services that form the critical link between vehicles, engineers, service outlets and fleet managers.
The tablet comes equipped with four apps to streamline driver communications and responsibilities, and was eveloped in collaboration with Zonar Systems.
The 7-inch color touch screen Android tablet provides Hours-of-Service logs for reporting; Two-Way Messaging including text to voice; Advanced Navigation for asset-specific routing and simplified Pre- and Post-trip Inspection.
The Detroit Connect On-Board Tablet will be available for Freightliner trucks as a factory-installed option beginning early 2014 on new truck orders. Retrofit kits will also be available. Availability in Western Star trucks will be announced at a later date.