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Great Dane announced its FleetPulse telematics platform is now standard on its new dry and refrigerated trailers, including an integrated CAN (controller area network) harness to prepare equipment for future smart technology adoption — and noted it is the first trailer maker to do so.
FleetPulse offers GPS location, mileage data, geofences, automated yard checks, tethered status, heading and speed, as well as proprietary trailer specifications and parts information, according to the Savannah, Ga.-based company.
“By making our FleetPulse telematics solution a standard feature, Great Dane remains future-focused on trailer connectivity. We are laying the foundation for fleets to have greater flexibility in terms of accessing smart sensors years down the road,” Great Dane President Dean Engelage said in a release.
An upgrade option, FleetPulse Pro, has the ability to monitor and decipher sensor-related data, including ABS fault code alerts, tire inflation systems, door-open status, light-out detection, mileage from tire rotations, cargo status and rear-axle weight.
“One of the major hurdles to a connected-vehicle future is that long trailer life can hinder the speed of innovation,” said Mike Molitor, executive director of business development. “By equipping each Great Dane trailer with a FleetPulse device and CAN harnessing, we believe fleets are better positioned to take advantage of future technologies.”
Great Dane noted its announcement comes as suppliers, including suspension manufacturer Hendrickson USA, TSE Brakes and others are developing “compelling sensors that will become commercially available over the coming years.” — Transport Topics
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