Navistar has launched a new application, OnCommand Connection electronic Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (eDVIR), which the company states enables school bus operators to digitally capture and share pre- and post-trip and child check inspections, streamlining the inspection process and enabling faster repairs.
“Our Android tablet-based eDVIR app is the most feature-rich, cost-effective approach to bus inspection on the market,” says Sean Slyman, Navistar’s director, Connected Services, Bus Solutions. “It enables more efficient inspections for drivers and more visibility for managers to critical information for assessing and addressing vehicle readiness.”
Navistar says eDVIR offers multiple advantages over existing paper-based and digital vehicle inspection solutions. It covers all inspection points required by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and enables customization of the inspection screen beyond these federal requirements, ensuring that bus inspections are compliant regardless of the jurisdiction. It permits remote retrieval of inspection details by authorized viewers, providing immediate visibility to technicians so defects can be addressed promptly to improve uptime. In addition, eDVIR’s innovative closed loop feature informs drivers when an identified defect has been repaired, the company says.
“This new eDVIR app brings the latest technology to our customers in support of their mission to provide school children and their families with the safest and most reliable transportation available,” says Trish Reed, vice president and general manager of IC Bus, Navistar’s school bus brand. “This technology brings peace of mind to school bus transportation experts, along with parents, that buses will be safe, reliable and on time every time. It should help make the safest form of student transportation even better.”
OnCommand Connection eDVIR provides additional value when used in conjunction with OnCommand Connection Advanced Remote Diagnostics, Navistar’s open-architecture remote diagnostics system, whose customers have seen an up-to-30-percent reduction in annual repair costs and an up-to-80-percent reduction in vehicle failures requiring a tow, the company says. This Advanced Remote Diagnostics product, which is compatible with all school bus makes and models, provides real-time bus location data, generates health reports on a bus’s status and also delivers action plans to address one or more specific fault codes, the company says.
“When combined with our Advanced Remote Diagnostics solution, OnCommand Connection eDVIR enables a comprehensive, 360-degree view of the health of a school bus fleet,” Slyman says. “This combined solution will help school bus operators reduce their maintenance and repair costs, while also helping provide safer transportation for students.”