For truck fleets, the focus of telematics is shifting from historical-data analytics to forward-looking business intelligence.
In other words, the future of telematics is all about capturing data that not only tells fleet managers what their trucks are doing, but also tells them what their trucks will do down the road, explains Jason Morgan, editor of Fleet Equipment magazine, a sister publication of TelematicsTalk.
“Predictive maintenance, or predictive failure, is the holy grail for everyone,” Matt Pfaffenbach, director of connectivity for Daimler Trucks North America, tells Morgan. “It’s my personal view that some of those things are still science fiction, but everybody is on a path to try to develop that capability.”
While predictive failure isn’t quite pie-in-the-sky, it’s still a bit of a “moving target,” Morgan asserts in a recent article.
Indeed, Pfaffenbach admits that predicting when an injector will fail “is still science fiction.” However, fleet managers “can make some reasonable projections about a certain mileage range, based on preventative-maintenance modeling, in terms of when a service event may occur,” he adds.
“Certainly, those projections are becoming more intelligent as we provide operational characteristics about an individual vehicle,” Pfaffenbach says.
For more, read “Truck Telematics are Transitioning to Forward-Looking Business Intelligence Solutions” in Fleet Equipment.