Launch of Truck Data Center and comprehensive digital services for Mercedes-Benz Trucks

3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 6, 2017

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched the Truck Data Center, which will allow the introduction of new digital services: the revolutionary service product Mercedes-Benz Uptime and the new FleetBoard Manager app, both of which require installation of the Truck Data Center in the truck.

Unveiled at the 2016 International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles, the Truck Data Center connectivity module will form the brain of the connected truck across all brands at Daimler Trucks. It continuously monitors the status of the vehicle systems, in addition to sending and receiving data in real-time.

Mercedes-Benz Uptime represents the intelligent and, above all, predictive connectivity of the vehicle, Mercedes-Benz Service, and the customer’s transport company. Fully automatic in-service diagnostics continuously monitor the status of the vehicle systems in real-time and allow the early detection of critical states. This makes it possible to prevent breakdowns and other unscheduled repairs while further optimising scheduled workshop visits.

The service will be available both individually and in combination with all other Mercedes-Benz service contracts.

The new FleetBoard Manager app will offer all Mercedes-Benz customers a simple, fast and free entry into connectivity. The app for  smartphones provides useful, free information on the vehicle fleet, such as its capacity utilisation over the course of a week or the positions of individual vehicles, and also identifies potential cost-savings.

The app also reveals how eco-friendly the fleet is, as well as the level of its CO2 emissions. This is where predictive driving plays an important role in highlighting ways in which to lastingly improve fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Ahead of the launch, Mercedes-Benz Uptime was extensively piloted in a three-year trial in 1400 trucks in 16 fleets in Germany, Great Britain, Austria and Poland.

Further features, such as the Mercedes-Benz Uptime lite widget, will gradually be added to the FleetBoard Manager by regular software updates. Mercedes-Benz Uptime lite will be available free of charge to all customers and provides information on necessary service operations on selected operating fluids and wear parts on the vehicle (e.g. oil level, bulbs, air filter, brake pads, etc.).

The FleetBoard Manager app will be available free of charge from 20 March for Android and iOS.