Volvo Trucks this week introduced its Parameter Plus Package, an over-the-air (OTA) subscription package that allows for up to 50 parameter updates annually per covered vehicle, providing significant value to customers’ bottom lines through maximized uptime.
“The Parameter Plus Package is a notable example of Volvo Trucks’ emphasis on delivering connectivity solutions dedicated to maximizing uptime for customers,” says Ashraf Makki, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America. “Providing the opportunity to complete numerous parameter updates remotely per year is fundamental for certain customers to ensure their fleets reach peak performance and uptime potential.”
Volvo says the pace of change in the transportation industry is more rapid than ever and customers are demanding faster ways of communication through connectivity. A supplement to Volvo’s Remote Programming, the new Parameter Plus Package was designed with thorough feedback from customers to meet the demands of their applications OTA updates while significantly increasing uptime and maintaining a firm cost control. Previously parameter and software updates, where the trucks needed to be brought to the service point, could in all require two or more days of downtime, along with the added work and costs of acquiring a supplementary truck and managing driver logistics. Volvo says using the new Parameter Plus Package with OTA powertrain software, updates can be completed in under 20 minutes and parameter updates in under 10 minutes.
Additionally, Volvo adds parameter updates enable owners to switch between operating modes for a multitude of optimizations including maximizing truck performance, balancing fuel usage and performance, maximizing fuel efficiency and configuring maximum road speeds. If fuel prices rise, Volvo says a fleet may decide to change its trucks’ top speed settings. A fleet may also choose to switch programming on a transmission or engine to accommodate application changes, such as switching from dry bulk to liquid tankers or running multiple routes with different topographies, the company says.
The multitude of parameter update options are especially ideal for companies with trucks that operate between areas governed by different regulations.
“We are excited to provide customers with this new offering and look forward to continued collaboration with professional drivers and fleet managers to deliver innovative technologies that maximize uptime and enhance productivity,” says Makki.
“Combining OTA updates with the new Parameter Plus Package presents fleets with potential to save several thousand dollars annually. The opportunities this technology creates and the benefits it produces are truly groundbreaking, and this is just the beginning. Volvo will continue to develop and implement advanced vehicle connectivity in pursuit of its goal of a more connected future.”