LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Just recently, Detroit Diesel Corporation announced that they are collaborating with telecommunications giant, AT&T as well as technology firm, Microsoft to enhance their Detroit Connect suite, a connected vehicle service.
Per reports AT&T will provide Internet connection for the soon-to-be-released Detroit Connect Truck Data Center platform. It comes with communications hardware that are specifically designed to deliver new capabilities for the mentioned platform, including its updates. Detroit Connect Truck Data Center platform is said to enable over-the-air engine programming as well as electronic firmware update capabilities for consumers. At the same time, it comes with the capacity to integrate third-party telematics applications. Furthermore, Microsoft will also support Detroit Connect services with Microsoft’s cloud platform: Azure. This feature will be exclusive to the upcoming Freightliner Cascadia model.
“Our collaboration with technology leaders such as AT&T and Microsoft further enhance our ability to provide advanced connected vehicle solutions that will deliver vehicle performance insights and update capabilities to our customers,” mentioned Matt Pfaffenbach, director, connectivity for Daimler Trucks North America. “With the enhancements to Detroit Connect, we’re able to deepen the connection between our customers and their vehicles more than ever before.”
“Daimler Trucks North America is an industry leader in innovative solutions and represents more than 40% of the long-haul trucking market in the U.S. and Canada,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice-president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “The Detroit Connect platform is a prime example of how Internet of Things connectivity can improve efficiency, safety and performance in connected vehicles. We look forward to providing our global connected vehicle expertise and IoT solutions for these trucks.”
Also, the connectivity platform will be available with cutting-edge and innovative Freightliner Cascadia in the first quarter of 2017.
“Today’s massive digital transformation of the automotive industry can open up many new opportunities for Freightliners. The power of increased connectivity and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform will allow Detroit to deliver context-specific insights from vast networks of data and enhance the reliability, richness and convenience of their services for customers,” said Sanjay Ravi, managing director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft.