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August 31, 2015 1:00 PM, EDT

Navistar Plans to Launch Over-the-Air Engine Reprogramming

Navistar Inc. announced plans to begin offering over-the-air reprogramming of engine control modules for International brand trucks powered by its proprietary N Series engines.

The truck maker said it will launch the two-way connected-vehicle technology early next year in model year 2017 Internationals equipped with N9, N10 and N13 engines.

Navistar said it has completed initial testing in its own test fleets and will finalize testing in customer fleets in the fall.

“Over-the-air reprogramming in International trucks will revolutionize the way our customers’ trucks are serviced and maintained,” said Bill Kozek, president of Navistar’s truck and parts business. “This is another important example of how our connected vehicle leadership is paving the way for future advancements that will drive improvements in vehicle uptime and real-world, bottom-line results for our customers.”

The technology will enable customers to initiate reprogramming of the truck’s ECM at their own facilities over a secure Wi-Fi connection, Navistar said.

Mike Cerilli, general manager of Navistar’s connected vehicle business, added: “OTA lays the groundwork for a pipeline of connected vehicle services such as partner engine and component calibration updates, body control module updates and future cellular capabilities.”