Volvo Expands Telematics Offering

Volvo Trucks is complementing its Remote Diagnostics connected-vehicle platform with the introduction of fleet-management services by Telogis, a provider of cloud-based location-intelligence software. The truck maker’s integrated connected-vehicle hardware, standard on new trucks with Volvo power, allows carriers to use Telogis Fleet as well as its Compliance and Navigation applications while eliminating the hardware purchases and installation costs usually associated with fleet-management systems.

Actionable information delivered through the Telogis platform is said to help carriers control costs, increase safety and hours-of-service compliance, and improve customer service.

Volvo and Telogis will offer three fleet-management packages, all of which are currently available for order — Telogis Fleet, Telogis Compliance and Navigation, and a bundled option that provides the full suite of services. All are enhanced by the addition of Volvo-specific vehicle data, providing fleet managers and operators with an inside look at driver/vehicle performance and history. The services will be available during the third quarter of 2014 for the more than 60,000 Volvo trucks already equipped with Volvo’s connected vehicle hardware.

Both for-hire and private fleets can eliminate paper logs and more easily manage and meet government mandates with hours-of-service, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR), and more with Telogis Compliance. The Navigation tool delivers truck-specific, real-time road conditions and community-based navigation updates that help to maximize uptime and improve on-time arrivals.

Through the hardware that’s built into all new Volvo-powered trucks, customers can activate Telogis services over the air. They’ll benefit from viewing their entire fleet of vehicles and assets on one dashboard.

Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics, standard when the company’s own engines are spec’d, provides proactive diagnostics and repair-planning assistance.

Volvo says it will look toward further integration of its vehicles with best-in-class fleet-management tools.

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