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Daimler Trucks North America announced Platform Science will be its primary on-vehicle fleet management software development and distribution partner.
The arrangement is intended to enable DTNA customers to purchase and use third-party telematics solutions and connectivity services directly from their trucks without aftermarket hardware installation.
Built-in telematics hardware from DTNA will be available from the factory with Platform Science’s software. This partnership initially will provide fleet management solutions including electronic logging systems, workflow, driver inspection, navigation options and additional fleet-specific apps. Ultimately, the service aims to deliver apps from a wide range of software providers, all available on one telematics-enabled platform.
At the same time, Daimler Truck AG has made an undisclosed investment in Platform Science through the company’s Series B funding round, Portland, Ore.-based DTNA reported.
“The investment by Daimler Truck AG in our Series B funding round is a great indication of our common belief that we have reached an inflection point for transportation technology,” Platform Science founder and CEO Jack Kennedy said in a release. “The in-cab experience will now have the opportunity to keep pace with the in-pocket experience that smartphones have taught us to expect.” — Transport Topics
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