Navistar, Platform Science to bring Virtual Vehicle solution to more trucks

Platofrom Science's Virtual Vehicle solution

Navistar and Platform Science, a connected vehicle platform, announced Navistar’s integration of Platform Science’s Virtual Vehicle, an open OEM platform enabling fleets to access telematics, software solutions, real-time vehicle data and third-party applications directly from their vehicles.

The collaboration provides International Truck customers with access to a customizable platform that delivers an unlimited canvas to fleets, elevating their capabilities to innovate and utilize, manage and deploy digital applications.

“Virtual Vehicle allows us to expand the power of our connected services platform OnCommand Connection to maximize the value of data for our customers,” says Chet Ciesielski, Navistar vice president of On-Highway Heavy Duty Truck Business. “Our collaboration with Platform Science provides convenient digital solutions to our customers — meeting them where they are and taking them where they want to be in the future.”

The Virtual Vehicle platform, which Navistar says it will deploy beginning in 2023, offers many benefits to fleets, including:

  • Productivity: With factory-installed telematics hardware, fleets can maximize uptime by avoiding installation delays and costs for complementary hardware.
  • Flexibility: Virtual Vehicle allows fleets to create a software experience catered to individual business needs through a growing pipeline of developer-created innovations.
  • Accessibility: Virtual Vehicle leverages edge, cloud and in-dash data to optimize networks, keeping data available 24/7/365, even when fleets are offline.
  • Cost-effective: Users of participating applications on Virtual Vehicle benefit from usage-based billing.

“As a leader in OEM native telematics, Platform Science is setting the standard for modern enterprise fleets with Virtual Vehicle,” says Jake Fields, co-founder and chief technology officer, Platform Science.

“The Virtual Vehicle platform brings a wide range of integrated Android fleet apps to customers, giving fleets choice and providing them with total flexibility to select the software solutions they need without the burden and expense of adding new hardware to access new apps. We are very excited to work with Navistar to deliver these solutions to customers and empower those customers to provide a safer, more user-friendly experience for drivers and achieve more efficient outcomes,” Fields says.

“Navistar’s integration of Virtual Vehicle allows us to leverage a combined solution to look at efficiencies in how we conduct maintenance today,” says Tony Wahl, director of equipment purchasing, Werner. “This level of connectivity between service providers simplifies the maintenance process and helps us operate more effectively.”        

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