Mercedes-Benz boasts that the latest iteration of its Sprinter van will make the shift from a vehicle to an “integrated system solution.”
The third-generation Sprinter will feature an onboard telematics module that shares vehicle data with fleet managers via the automaker’s Mercedes PRO connect service.
Through the system, fleet managers will be able to view vehicle locations, fuel levels and maintenance information “virtually in real time.”
“Clearly laid out and easy to use, the vehicle management tool provides the fleet manager with a complete overview of the fleet,” Mercedes-Benz said.
The PRO connect services includes vehicle status, vehicle logistics, fleet communications, maintenance management, accident recovery and a digital vehicle log, according to the automaker.
“The Sprinter is the flagship of our commercial fleet and embodies our approach towards an integrated system solution,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “Comprehensive industry-specific know-how, a vehicle that is adaptable to different transport requirements and innovative networking services add up to an all-embracing fully integral product offering. The Sprinter is the first example of this new class of vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Vans and represents our understanding of the concept of smart hardware in every respect.”
The third-generation Sprinter van is set to enter production in spring 2018.