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Detroit Expands Telematics Capabilities

Posted on September 18, 2013

Detroit Diesel Corp. (Detroit) has announced a new brand, Detroit Connect, a telematics arm that includes the Detroit Virtual Technician onboard diagnostics system. The company said Detroit Connect is the first OEM-provided, factory-installed telematics solution with remote diagnosis capability for the trucking industry.

In conjunction with the launch of the brand, Detroit Connect has also introduced a new On-Board Tablet that joins Virtual Technician and Visibility fleet software solutions to create a suite of services to link vehicles, engineers, service outlets and fleet managers. The tablet is a mobile device that is equipped with four powerful apps to streamline driver communications and responsibilities. Developed in collaboration with Zonar Systems, the 7 in. 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.

“More than 60,000 Freightliner and Western Star customers have already benefitted from the proven advantages of Detroit Connect solutions, and the new On-Board Tablet will make it even easier to streamline and optimize data and communications,” said Brad Williamson, manager, engine and component marketing Daimler Trucks North America.