Detroit Connect, Daimler Trucks North America’s suite of connected-vehicle services, announced that third-party telematics service providers now can be integrated into the Detroit Connect platform.
The proprietary Detroit Connect platform, exclusive to the Freightliner new Cascadia, was designed with the capability to support the services of third-party providers, providing customers the flexibility to work with the partner of their choice as well as eliminating the need to install additional hardware, according to Detroit Connect.
“Integrating the services of third-party providers onto our Detroit Connect platform is a real game-changer,” said Jason Krajewski, director of connectivity for Daimler Trucks North America. “It provides us the ability to expand our capabilities and push the bounds of the connected-vehicle experience.”
Detroit Connect has collaborated with Zonar to deepen the connectivity services offered on the Detroit Connect platform, according to the company. Zonar will be the first telematics provider integrated onto the Detroit Connect platform.
Starting in April, Zonar offerings will be available on the Detroit Connect Platform, allowing customers to access Zonar’s patented telematics technologies – including Ground Traffic Control, Zonar’s web-based fleet-management solution – without having to install additional hardware on the vehicle.
“Our long-term relationship with Zonar has already led to significant advancements in the connectivity solutions we offer,” Krajewski said. “Through our partnership, we’ll continue to develop services that will blend our vehicle expertise with Zonar’s proficiency in fleet-management solutions.”
The partnership between Detroit Connect and Zonar began in 2011, when the companies collaborated to bring Detroit Connect Virtual Technician to market. In 2015, Detroit Connect became a minority investor in Zonar.
“We are honored to have jointly developed Zonar products on the Detroit Connect platform,” said Gary Schmidt, vice president of business solutions at Zonar. “We will continue to collaborate on future telematics services, through our ongoing partnership, toward a joint vision of providing fleets with connected systems that deliver actionable insights, and improve safety, maintenance and efficiency throughout the trucking industry.”
The Detroit Connect suite of connected-vehicle services also includes Detroit Connect Virtual Technician, Analytics and Remote Updates.
“Ultimately, our goal is to drive new solutions that will help shape and evolve the way customers’ interact with the vehicle while at the same time enhancing the customer experience,” said Krajewski.