Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Daimler Trucks partners with AT&T, Microsoft on connected vehicles

William Payne
October 12, 2016

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is collaborating with AT&T and Microsoft Corporation to deliver further enhancements to its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services.

AT&T will provide cellular service for the new Detroit Connect Truck Data Center, intelligent hardware connecting the truck to the Internet of Things. Exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia, the box out of Daimler Trucks global modular system provides communications capabilities for the Detroit Connect telematics system. This includes Detroit Connect Remote Updates, which enables over-the-air engine updates and powertrain electronic firmware update capabilities for customers, as well as the ability to integrate third-party telematics applications.

DTNA will also collaborate with Microsoft to establish a new cloud-based back office environment for all Detroit Connect services, including new features, such as Detroit Connect Remote Updates. The Microsoft Azure cloud platform will help process larges amounts of vehicle performance data in a secure way.

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Daimler AG board responsible for Trucks and Buses: "With about 400,000 connected vehicles worldwide, Daimler Trucks is by far the industry leader in connectivity. Our collaboration with technology leaders such as AT&T and Microsoft further enhance our ability to provide connectivity solutions to our customers in North America."

Martin Daum, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America said "Daimler Trucks North America is an industry leader in innovative solutions and represents more than 40 percent of the long-haul trucking market in the NAFTA region. The Detroit Connect platform is a prime example of how Internet of Things connectivity can help improve efficiency, safety and performance in connected vehicles. Already today, more than 215,000 of our trucks in North America are online. With our new Cascadia this number will increase dramatically."

In early September, DTNA presented its new flagship truck in the heavy-duty Class 8 market. The new Freightliner Cascadia is designed to improve fuel efficiency, safety technologies and connectivity.

The new Detroit Connect Analytics provides users with on-demand, automated fuel efficiency and safety performance insights. The new DTNA connectivity platform will be available with start-of-production of the new Freightliner Cascadia in January 2017. It will be based on the brand new and worldwide-standardized Truck Data Center of Daimler Trucks. This is the basis for bringing electronic modules into vehicles in all markets and innovations to customers faster.

Daimler Trucks will invest around 500 Million Euro in connectivity features of its vehicles and new solutions by 2020. The goal is to boost performance in logistics and to make transportation of goods safer and more environmentally friendly.

Among Daimler Trucks connected technology are: Mercedes-Benz Uptime, a preventive service product which helps avoid immobility cases, efficient management of repairs and maintenance, as well as real-time support for customer repairs, based on the continuous analysis of the data generated by the Mercedes-Benz Truck; the FleetBoard Store for apps, an open platform designed to allow software experts from other industry partners such as body manufacturers, logistics companies and customers to contribute useful apps in order to make the entire transport business more efficient overall; and the new FleetBoard Manager App, offering free access to connectivity and information, examples include the average fuel economy of the fleet, split up by road and stationary consumption with and without ancillaries, vehicle with best and poorest fuel economy etc.