Peterbilt, Kenworth to connect with Platform Science

Peterbilt and Kenworth are both working with Platform Science to offer connected products through the Platform Science Virtual Vehicle Platform.

The platform lets customers access fleet management functions, ELD capabilities, truck-specific navigation tools, and third-party applications from their vehicles, using factory-installed telematics hardware.

“Fleets will benefit from enhanced operating efficiencies through access to software solutions, real-time vehicle data, and third-party applications directly from their connected Kenworth trucks,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice-president.

“SmartLINQ and the Paccar Solutions portal have provided a solid foundation to build this next-generation solution,” added Jason Skoog, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice-president, in a separate news release.

Kenworth T680
(Illustration: Kenworth)

The factory-installed hardware helps avoid installation delays and costs, while Virtual Vehicle offers a growing pipeline of innovations from developers, Kenworth notes. The cloud and in-dash data is also available 24/7.

“With Virtual Vehicle, truck buyers can eliminate barriers to innovation, production, and safety and customize in-cab experiences with technology solutions that best meet their needs,” added Platform Science cofounder and CEO Jack Kennedy.

The new services will launch in 2024 with Peterbilt Class 8 Models 579 and 567 and the medium-duty Models 548, 537, 536 and 535, as well as Kenworth’s Class 8 T680, T880 and W990 models and medium-duty T180, T280, T380 and T480 models. 

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