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November 18, 2019 10:00 AM, EST

DTNA’s New Tools to Aid With Electrical Configurations in Freightliner Trucks

DTNAFreightliner vocational trucks. (Daimler Trucks North America)

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Daimler Trucks North America has developed a custom hardware and electronics tool to streamline the vocational customization process for truck equipment makers and dealers, according to the company.

The configurator helps truck equipment manufacturers and dealers view, edit, compare and update electrical configurations in Freightliner vocational trucks, reducing upfit time, DTNA said.

The CHEC tool also makes the vehicle customization process user-friendly, the company said in a Nov. 14 news release.

Users can create standard templates for their organization, enabling them to select a pre-existing configuration based on different applications or customers, DTNA officials said. The CHEC tool also increases customization possibilities, such as creating custom dash layouts in customer vehicles.

The tool is a way for truck equipment makers and dealer partners to better serve vocational customers’ needs, DTNA said.

The company’s vocational customers have specific and unique needs to meet the different requirements of their applications, said Richard Saward, general manager for vocational sales.

The CHEC tool combines customization options with technology to deliver the right trucks for the job, Saward said.

DTNA officials said the tool allows firms to make changes to entire fleets or search for any vehicle in the system. It also allows them to configure comparisons of separate vehicles against each other or against the fleet.

Daimler Trucks North America, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. — Transport Topics

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