DTNA using augmented reality to collaborate with technicians

by Today's Trucking

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has successfully piloted Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality technology as a way to collaborate with dealers and customers.

“The global pandemic has had an impact on every facet of the industry, causing businesses across all sectors to re-evaluate how they interact with their customers,” said Lutz Beck, chief information officer at DTNA. “One of the key questions that DTNA asked itself last year is how can we transform the future of service with technology to better collaborate with our dealer partners and customers. We believe that HoloLens is one of the ways in which we answer this question.”

The technologies were used to allow service technicians to connect directly with DTNA subject matter experts, who could then provide service manuals, schematics, and other documentation across their field of vision while troubleshooting trucks.

(Photo: DTNA)

The HoloLens 2 features augmented reality smart glasses that run on the Windows Mixed Reality operating system.

“This is one of the many solutions we are exploring to address the growing concerns of technician training and availability, with the added benefit of allowing for better social distancing,” stated Stefan Kurschner, senior vice-president of aftermarket at DTNA. “The HoloLens technology could be a game-changer for driving 24-hour or less repair turnaround, reducing the training time for technicians, as well as time spent in the service bay focused on vehicle repair and throughput.”

Further trials will be held to determine if the HoloLens platform can be fully adapted to DTNA’s aftermarket needs. The company has not released a timeline as to when the technology will be deployed to its dealers.

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