EROAD given go-ahead for latest hardware innovation

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 2, 2024

EROAD has received Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency approval for two of its next generation telematics devices – EROAD CoreHub in-cab and EROAD CoreHub Trailer.

Since its establishment in 2010, EROAD has processed over $5.5 billion in RUC payments. The company handled 41.7% of all RUC licences in the last 12 months.

With changes to RUC on the way, including for light electric vehicles from 1 April, EROAD’s expertise in delivering commercial eRUC will help support this transition for New Zealand.

“We’re thrilled to have received approval on our latest innovations,” said EROAD chief executive Mark Heine.

“Every day, thousands of New Zealand businesses benefit from our eRUC solution. Whether by reducing administrative tasks, or improving profit margins. However, the needs of fleet managers are evolving, and our technology solutions must keep up,” he said.

“The NZTA-approval of CoreHub is significant, as it assures customers that they can continue to rely on eRUC as they transition to our next generation hardware.”

A new generation of telematics

EROAD’s new generation CoreHub, acquired through the 2021 merger with Coretex, is EROAD’s most advanced hardware. Additional built-in connectivity is capable of pulling data from the vehicle’s ECM and a network of Bluetooth sensors, which could be used to improve fleet safety, efficiency and sustainability.

“Our next-generation device has the potential to deliver deeper insights into fleet operations, whether it’s through surfacing health metrics like engine temperature, or assurance data like trailer door status,” said Heine.

“We already know from our customers in North America, that the insights delivered through CoreHub can significantly improve business outcomes, and we look forward to bringing those benefits to our New Zealand customers.”

The CoreHub technology, originally designed and developed by Coretex for the North American market, has been refined by EROAD for the Australian and New Zealand market. Now it has received NZTA approval, the EROAD CoreHub Trailer device will be available commercially during February, offering RUC-compliant 4G trailer tracking to heavy fleets. CoreHub in-cab will be available later in 2024.

Key Features of the EROAD CoreHub Trailer:

Next-Generation Connectivity: equipped with new-generation connectivity for advanced fleet management solutions.

Paperless RUC Compliance: eliminates the need for paper RUC labels, reducing administrative burdens and non-compliance risks.

RUC purchasing automation: EROAD enables businesses to automate the renewal of RUC licences, reducing reliance on manual checks and providing added value.

Advanced Trailer Monitoring: connects to trailer Electronic Braking Systems (EBS) for advanced servicing and maintenance. Bluetooth connectivity integrates with a network of sensors, including door sensors and barrel rotation sensors.