A new over-the-air powertrain software and parameter update system dubbed “Remote Programming” is being introduced by Volvo Trucks North America for its models over the coming year, according to a new press release from Volvo.
According to that release all model-year 2018 Volvo trucks equipped with the Remote Diagnostics hardware will be able to use the new service beginning in the third quarter of 2017.
The Remote Programming is apparently intended to: reduce downtime costs, improve vehicle efficiency, etc.
“Volvo Trucks continues to invest heavily in connectivity solutions, and we’re proud to bring a true over-the-air solution to market,” commented Conal Deedy, director of connected vehicle services for Volvo Trucks. “With Remote Programming, customers can quickly and easily perform updates to help improve the performance and efficiency of their vehicles.”
The press release provides more: “With Remote Programming trucks no longer need to be removed from service and routed to a repair facility for certain powertrain software and parameter updates. Improving the availability of trucks equates to more money. On average, each additional day of uptime equates to about $1,100 in additional revenue. Additionally, those who have historically not performed software updates due to cost or inconvenience can quickly and easily keep their trucks operating at optimal performance.”
As with the taxi service market, the trucking industry is looking likely to experience some huge changes over the coming decades. It’ll be interesting to see if the top companies currently can maintain their positions.
Consumers have previously indicated strong desire for over-the-air software updates, and advantage Tesla has brought to the table. One would presume that truck operators will be very happy to a shift in this direction as well.
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