June 12, 2018 4:45 PM, EDT

DTNA Expands Connectivity Services on Cascadia Model

Freightliner Cascadia(Freightliner)

Daimler Trucks North America introduced two new connectivity services into its Detroit Connect portfolio, Detroit Connect Direct and a wireless in-cab device connection.

Exclusive to its new Freightliner Cascadia spec’d with Detroit engines, these new services will expand communication and reporting capabilities and provide deeper insights for customers, according to the Portland, Ore.-based company.

Detroit Connect Direct provides fleets with direct access to critical information such as vehicle location, fault codes and diagnostics, fuel performance, safety data and driver behavior. Customers can select which data sets they want, how much and how frequently they would like that data made available so it can be imported into their back-end systems.

The proprietary Detroit Connect platform will also link wirelessly with an in-cab device via Bluetooth, which allows hours of service data to be delivered to Detroit Connect-authorized electronic logging device apps. This provides the necessary information required from the vehicle to meet the federal ELD regulations without the need for any additional pieces of hardware, DTNA reported.

The Detroit Connect platform also enables over-the-air engine parameter changes and extraction of engine reports.

DTNA first offered remote diagnostics services with the introduction of Detroit Connect Virtual Technician more than seven years ago.