TripVision reports on vehicle health and safety

Noregon, the company behind the Jpro diagnostics tool and other software platforms, has unveiled its new TripVision system that reports on vehicle health and safety in real time.

There is certainly plenty of data to monitor these days. The number of Electronic Control Units on vehicles has doubled since 2006. Noregon has found that 8% of the faults will sideline vehicles. And early data from TripVision suggests there can be 2.6 faults per week on any given vehicle.

TripVision monitors the fault codes for all vehicle makes, models and components, including engines, transmissions, body controllers, brake power units, instrument clusters, and chassis controllers alike. And unlike some other OEM-specific systems, it can tap into data for equipment introduced as early as 2006.

Health scores are generated around the faults that might strand a vehicle or affect fuel economy. Safety scores consider factors such that can affect CSA ratings or de-rate an engine.

The information is offered in plain English, too, the company says. Generic SAE fault codes are translated into the OEM descriptions that offer added detail, a fault severity represented as a score of up to 100, what it means in layman’s terms, and a recommendation. Those are all fed into a portal that identifies severe situations, when maintenance is needed, or if no repair is required.

Fleets even have the opportunity to customize the recommendations if they disagree with the provided thresholds, and can supplement the data using JPro systems that are already in place.

When it comes to delivering the data, Noregon has partnered with telematics providers including TSB, Tremble, Omnitracs, and Geotab, and is running a pilot with PeopleNet.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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