The Truck Data Center launches on 1 March 2017, thereby allowing the introduction of new digital services from Mercedes-Benz Trucks: the revolutionary service product Mercedes-Benz Uptime and the new FleetBoard Manager app. Both services require installation of the Truck Data Center in the truck. Unveiled at the 2016 International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles, the “Truck Data Center” connectivity module will in future form the brain of the connected truck across all brands at Daimler Trucks. It continuously monitors the status of the vehicle systems, in addition to sending and receiving data in real-time. From 1 March 2017, it will be available in all heavy-duty trucks from Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz Uptime represents the intelligent and, above all, predictive connectivity of vehicle, Mercedes-Benz Service and the customer’s transport company. Fully automatic in-service diagnostics continuously monitor the status of the vehicle systems in real-time and allow the early detection of critical states. This makes it possible to prevent breakdowns and other unscheduled repairs while further optimising scheduled workshop visits. The service will be available both individually and in combination with all other Mercedes-Benz service contracts.
The new FleetBoard Manager app will in future offer all Mercedes-Benz customers a simple, fast and free entry into connectivity. The app for smartphones provides useful, free information on the vehicle fleet, such as its capacity utilisation over the course of a week or the positions of individual vehicles, and also identifies potential cost-savings.
Truck Data Center: the centrepiece of the connected truck
Approximately the size of a DIN A5 sheet, the Truck Data Center connectivity module will in future be installed across all brands at Daimler Trucks on the basis of the internationally standardised electrics/electronics architecture. The module is installed as standard in the Mercedes-Benz Actros. It receives data from the truck’s sensors, cameras, etc. and analyses this information for many different applications. As the interface for all connectivity services, it is also responsible for the truck’s external communications: like a modern smartphone, the Truck Data Center communicates in real-time via Bluetooth, 3G signal or GPS with the infrastructure, other vehicles and other entities involved in the logistics process.
Standardisation of the Truck Data Center is combined with maximum adaptability to regional customers’ requirements by means of the software and apps: in future, the Truck Data Center will form the basis for existing connectivity solutions from Daimler Trucks as well as the telematics systems of FleetBoard and Detroit Connect