Most companies dream of a fleet of connected trucks that function at all times, lack the frequent need for repairs and can avoid traffic jams at all costs; allowing for optimal timing. In Dusseldorf, Germany, Daimler believes they can make this a reality thanks to newly designed connectivity plans.
Over 300 members of the media, from 36 different countries, came together recently to hear about Daimler’s vision and plans regarding trucking and connectivity. Over half a billion Euros will be spent on the new vision, that will be put into place by the year 2020.
All of the trucks that are part of Daimler’s ongoing fleet will be connected to the internet. The head of the company, Doctor Wolfgang Bernhard, believes this is a step in the right direction to getting trucks on a path to success and more productivity. His vision encompasses:
“Connecting all those involved in goods: Drivers, schedulers, fleet operators, workshops, manufacturers and insurance companies. They will receive information in real time about the condition of the tractor unit and semi trailer.”
Traffic conditions, weather updates and parking statuses along the way will all allow for a smoother trip. This is technology that has not yet been used amongst an entire fleet of vehicles before. Some drivers may utilize this technology on their own with their own devices, but currently it isn’t something that comes standard in a fleet of vehicles. Daimler aims to change this and aims to change their entire process of trucking.
Bernhard is expecting changes in the industry in the upcoming years and feels this is the perfect time to gain that edge in trucking by bringing in connectivity to the mix. Not just designed to increase revenue and productivity, the well being of the drivers is also being considered. Knowing what is coming up at the next truck stop or what is to come on the road can allow for drivers to plan more accordingly. This allows them to be more well rested and less stressed during their travels.
Having a drop off site prepared for a delivery will allow for smoother transition times. This connectivity will truly allow for all new developments in this industry and will motivate other companies to convert over to the world of connected trucks. This will be thanks to Daimler and Bernhard’s vision at a smooth running business with happy, productive and safe employees.