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Volvo Trucks’ collaboration with SAS enhances remote diagnostics

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America says it is further strengthening its portfolio of uptime-boosting services by enhancing Remote Diagnostics with an advanced analytics platform from global analytics leader SAS.

SAS’ best-in-class analytics support Volvo’s artificial intelligence efforts and provide even greater capabilities for Remote Diagnostics users, allowing for more precise analysis and decision-making, according to Ash Makki, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager.

“Working with SAS has helped us further refine our uptime-enhancing Remote Diagnostics through greater processing power to the data behind diagnostic codes,” Makki said. “We’ve been able to expand the parts and trouble codes we monitor and recognize situational patterns that help us improve accuracy and obtain better insight into root causes. These enhancements ultimately mean Volvo Action Service (VAS) agents receive more precise data that allows them to better analyze trouble codes and provide actionable information to decision-makers and repair facilities, helping maximize vehicle uptime.”

“Machine learning and artificial intelligence are areas we’re putting a lot of emphasis on right now, utilizing the SAS platform,” said Conal Deedy, director of connected vehicle services for Volvo Trucks North America. “We’re uncovering hidden insights in our data and merging that with the truck knowledge from our engineering group. Together we are in a much better situation to understand exactly what the data is telling us and integrating it into the Remote Diagnostics service. We are already seeing the benefits and the future is extremely exciting. With the SAS platform in place, Volvo can  process millions of records  in real-time,  expanding Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics capabilities, which on average helps reduce diagnostic time by 70 percent and repair time 25 percent.”

Jason Mann, SAS vice president of IoT, said Volvo Trucks and SAS have worked together to create a robust, flexible analytics system.

“Trucking is a key part of the global logistics system that makes our economies work. Improving performance and lowering costs helps everyone across the value chain,” he said. “Using a variety of analytical techniques from SAS to extract value from IoT data flowing from each vehicle, Volvo Trucks delivers for its customers — literally and figuratively.”

Since 2013 all Volvo trucks with Volvo engines have come standard with factory-installed telematics hardware that provides connectivity for Remote Diagnostics, Volvo’s proactive diagnostics and monitoring of critical engine, transmission and aftertreatment trouble codes. Upon detecting a code, sensors on the truck collect streaming data in real-time to provide context. Data points and operating conditions, like truck location, altitude, ambient air temperature, truck gear, RPM level and torque load help give the information needed for more precise diagnosis.

The same standard connectivity hardware powering Remote Diagnostics also allows customers to perform powertrain software and parameter updates over-the-air with Remote Programming, which helps improve uptime and vehicle efficiency without taking the truck out of service. Remote programming of software and parameter updates provides a significant time savings when compared with the 2.3 day industry average when a truck arrives at a bay, is plugged in, and manually receives updates.

Deedy said support for Volvo trucks is provided 24/7 by highly trained VAS agents, who monitor critical vehicle codes.

”If an issue is detected, VAS agents will assess the severity and provide the vehicle’s designated contact with actionable information to determine whether to keep operating the truck or take it for immediate service,” he said. “All details from the service process are captured and tracked through ASIST, Volvo’s online service management and communication platform. This gives the driver, customer contact and dealer real-time visibility to case status, repair scheduling, and parts and service bay availability. Remote Programming updates are also facilitated by VAS agents.”

For more information, visit www.volvotrucks.com.

 

 

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International Trucks makes Bendix Wingman Fusion standard on on-highway tractors

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Offering Bendix Wingman Fusion is part of International Truck’s DriverFirst philosophy, a company executive said. Pictured is the International LoneStar Low Roof model. (Courtesy: NAVISTAR )

LISLE, Ill. — International Truck now offers Bendix Wingman Fusion, an integration of advanced safety technologies, as standard equipment on the entire lineup of on-highway tractors, including the International LoneStar, LT Series and RH Series trucks.

Bendix Wingman Fusion is the Bendix flagship collision mitigation technology integrating radar, camera, and the vehicle’s brake system into a driver assistance system that delivers driver alerts and interventions to help them mitigate rear-end collisions, rollovers, and a loss-of-control situations.

Wingman Fusion combines and cross-checks information from sensors that are working together — not just in parallel — along with powerful computing, to typically assesses situations faster and reacts earlier, while also helping to significantly reduce false alerts and false interventions, according to Jim Nachtman, director, heavy-duty, marketing, International Truck.

By creating a highly detailed and accurate data picture, he said, Bendix Wingman Fusion delivers enhanced rear-end collision mitigation, and adaptive cruise control, along with following distance alerts, stationary object alerts, lane departure warning, alerts when speeding, and braking on stationary vehicles – all while prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction. Event-based data – including video – can be wirelessly transmitted for driver coaching and analysis by fleet safety personnel. Other options include blind spot detection that helps drivers address vehicles in their blind spots that may not be visible in their mirrors. The forward-facing camera of Wingman Fusion is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms.

“As part of our DriverFirst philosophy, we concentrate on consistently improving the overall driver experience, specifically safety,” Nachtman said. “Partnering with Bendix to make Fusion standard on all of International Truck’s heavy-duty vehicles makes for an important joint contribution to make North American roadways safer for everyone.”

Since the introduction of Bendix Wingman Fusion in 2015, International Truck has offered the technology as an option for all on-highway models. Bendix Wingman Fusion is also available as an option on International’s medium-duty lineup, including the International MV Series, HV Series, HX Series and CV Series trucks.

“Bendix’s ongoing partnership with Navistar is built on years of shared commitment to driver, vehicle, and highway safety,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “International Truck’s positioning of Wingman Fusion as standard equipment on its complete line of on-highway tractors is both a point of pride for the entire Bendix team and another step forward alongside a true leader in our industry.”

According to Bendix, its safety technologies complement safe driving practices and are not intended to enable or encourage aggressive driving. No commercial vehicle safety technology replaces a skilled, alert driver exercising safe driving techniques and proactive, comprehensive driver training. Responsibility for the safe operation of the vehicle remains with the driver at all times.

For more information on International Truck’s product lineup or to locate a dealer, visit internationaltrucks.com.

 

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J.J. Keller to offer dash cam solution for driver coaching, risk management

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The new J.J. Keller dash came offers an additional way for fleets of all sizes to manage risk, identify problematic driver behavior, and provide remedial coaching and training. (Courtesy: J.J. KELLER)

NEENAH, Wis. —  For fleet managers, few things provide more valuable insight than witnessing a driver’s behavior firsthand.

By adding video event hardware and management tools to its line of safety and compliance solutions, J.J. Keller & Associates has made it possible for fleets to do just that.

The J.J. Keller Encompass Video Event Management solution and Dash Cam Pro will become available in early April 2019, offering an additional way for fleets of all sizes to manage risk, identify problematic driver behavior, and provide remedial coaching and training.

“A quality in-cab video recording solution is crucial to helping fleets mitigate risk and protect their brand,” said Tom Reader, senior director of marketing at J.J. Keller & Associates. “Capturing driver video footage provides evidence leading up to an event or accident, exonerates innocent drivers, identifies fatigued or distracted driving, and delivers more information on driver behaviors — all of which can lead to reduced insurance rates and timely driver coaching, resulting in a tremendous return on investment.”

J.J. Keller’s dash-mounted camera technology reads traffic signs and records driving footage. Reader said data captured can help with driver compliance and coaching by providing evidence of hard acceleration, hard braking, cornering, lane drifting, following too close, rolling stops, and more. Footage is available for review through a back-office dashboard featuring detailed driver and event reporting, data trends, and mapping to pinpoint where specific events took place. Combining video intelligence with J.J. Keller’s proven Encompass driver compliance dashboard delivers a unique scope of guidance particularly beneficial to fleets, Reader said.

In studies conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), an event-based video system, combined with a driver behavior modification system, accounted for estimated reductions in fatal and injury crashes of 20 percent and 35 percent respectively. Similarly, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that onboard video systems provide valuable information for evaluating the circumstances leading to a crash, as well as critical data for assessing survivability.

“We are focused on, and leading experts in, safety and decision tools that help fleets ensure their drivers and vehicles are operating safely and in compliance,” said Rustin Keller, J.J. Keller president and CEO. “Video event management is a game changer when it comes to helping fleets determine if they have safe drivers and safe vehicles, improving CSA scores, and reducing accidents and risk.”

Learn more about the J.J. Keller Dash Cam Pro and Encompass Video Event Management solution at JJKeller.com/Video.

 

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Jacobs, Hino partner for engine brake on 2020 Hino XL Series trucks

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Jacobs and Hino partnered to design a high-performing compression release engine brake for Hino’s first Class 7 and Class 8 commercial vehicle in North America. (Courtesy: JACOBS VEHICLE SYSTEMS) 

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Jacobs Vehicle Systems,a manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engine retarding systems and valve actuation mechanisms, has launched a compression release engine brake for the all-new 2020 Hino XL Series truck.

Over the past two decades, Hino Motors’ and Jacobs Vehicle Systems’ engineers have collaborated to provide engine brakes to the Japanese market.

Today, the relationship continues with the introduction of the A09 engine to the U.S. market.  The two companies partnered to design a high-performing compression release engine brake for Hino’s first Class 7 and Class 8 commercial vehicle in North America.

“Hino is well respected globally for its reliability and performance, and we are honored to be part of Hino’s first Class 7/8 launch in the U.S.,” said Dennis Gallagher, President, Jacobs Vehicle Systems. “Jacobs’ expertise in engine braking coupled with Hino’s ability to drive excellence in quality will create a great customer experience.”

The Jacobs Engine Brake is currently available on Hino’s A09 engine and comes factory installed on all class XL7 and XL8 Series trucks.

“The engine brake for the A09 engine provides optimal braking performance which drivers have come to depend on,” Gallagher said. “Some benefits include being fully integrated with the engine electronic control system and ABS, a two-stage brake operation of medium and high, and cruise control compatibility for greater driver control.”

To learn more about the newly launched XL Series and the Jacobs Engine Brake performance, visit hino.com/hino-trucks-xl-series.html or jacobsvehiclesystems.com.

Jacobs Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., where it has a 25,000 square meter design, testing and manufacturing facility, with support sites in Europe, Japan, and India as well as manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, China and, from 2019, Brno, Czech Republic.

Hino Motors, Ltd., headquartered in Hinodai, Hino-shi, Tokyo, Japan, is one of the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturers in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

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