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Detroit Diesel unveils On-Board Tablet

Certified compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Hours of Service regulations, the tablet is designed for Freightliner and Western Star truck models, and can be easily mounted inside the cab. (Courtesy: DETROIT DIESEL)

The Trucker News Services

9/20/2013

DETROIT — Detroit Diesel Corp. has unveiled its On-Board Tablet.

An advanced mobile device that is equipped with powerful apps to streamline communications, the On-Board Tablet uses the latest in commercial telematics technology to boost efficiency and driver performance, according to Joe Saccio, manager, sales and marketing, Detroit Connect for Daimler Trucks North America.

Developed in collaboration with Zonar, the tablet works seamlessly with Detroit Virtual Technician and Visibility fleet software.

Certified compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Hours of Service regulations, the tablet is designed for Freightliner and Western Star truck models, and can be easily mounted inside the cab.

“The On-Board Tablet is an intuitive tool that will help our customers and their drivers maximize operations while ensuring compliance with the new FMCSA regulations,” Saccio said. “The tablet is just one of a suite of proven solutions from Detroit Connect that seamlessly links vehicles with engineers, customer service and fleet managers, improving communication and ultimately benefitting productivity and product quality.”

The Detroit Connect On-Board Tablet offers Hours of Service logs for reporting; two-way messaging, including text to voice; advanced navigation for asset specific routing; and simplified pre- and post-trip Inspection.

Specific features found with the On-Board Tablet include:

• Paperless Hours of Service tracking, which notifies drivers at risk or in violation of FMCSA regulations.

• Two-way messaging allows for instant driver and fleet manager communication via free-form or pre-written messages and text-to-voice functionality.

• Advanced navigation, which generates step-by-step directions, asset-specific routing, map-loading assignments and real-time traffic information, saving drivers’ time.

• Pre- and post-trip inspections, streamlining the vehicle inspection process with quick scanning technology, resulting in faster and more accurate inspections.

Developed on the Android platform, the tablet’s intuitive interface, portable size and durable casing make it ideal for all applications. It features an integrated camera and video recording capability, Bluetooth technology, a built-in flashlight, and a colorful touch-screen display with an hours-of-service clock, and the ability to host third-party apps and product updates in the future.

“From truck uptime to fuel efficiency and safety and security, the On-Board Tablet has all of the right tools that give our customers the most accurate information to make decisions that can positively impact their business,” Saccio said. “Detroit Connect provides drivers and managers the ability to link to their trucks anytime, anywhere.”

The Detroit Connect On-Board Tablet will be available for Freightliner trucks as a factory-installed option beginning Q1 2014 on new truck orders. Retrofit kits will also be available. Availability in Western Star trucks will be announced at a later date.

To order, contact an authorized Freightliner Trucks, Western Star or Detroit service outlet, who will detail all necessary equipment and service subscription options for the Tablet.

Detroit Connect telematics suite including virtual technician, visibility fleet software and the on-board tablet are part of the Detroit brand family, which includes Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, Detroit axles and Detroit engines.

For more information, go to www.DemandDetroit.com/connect.

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