Telematics enter off-road and truck markets

April 17, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Telematics for cars is one of the most promising markets for M2M applications. Telematics solutions will find their customers not only in passenger cars but likewise in trucks and off-road vehicles. At the Bauma trade fair for construction machines and off-road vehicles this week in Munich, Daimler subsidiary FleetBoard provided an impression of what is feasible today.

Construction transport entails diverse challenges. Telematics-assisted internet services help you to meet these demands. At the Bauma Daimler FleetBoard showed how flexible telematics solutions can be deployed to manage transport operations at and outside the construction site.

Companies work with FleetBoard Performance Analysis to systematically develop a fuel-efficient and wear-reducing driving style with their professional drivers, cutting costs and boosting motivation in the process. Objective assessment mechanisms ensure the comparability of individual driving performance across all brands, types of operations and model series. Performance Analysis accords due consideration to fuel consumption- and brake-related factors, as well as the operational profile. This means that every driver who spends a large proportion of his time at the wheel on rough terrain or with heavy payloads is assessed in what Fleetboard claims to be a fair and objective manner.

In order to determine the fuel consumption while stationary and while on the move, FleetBoard indicates the time spent stationary with the engine running. For the Wesling Group near Hanover, driver training with FleetBoard has spawned a reduction in the average fleet consumption level from 36 to 34 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres.

Practical experience shows how worthwhile a telematics system is in construction transport: the FleetBoard map view shows the vehicle coordinator the vehicles' positions and the course of the trips at a glance – with time information on activated PTOs, active or inactive engine or ignition. It plans the trips in parallel with its monitoring functions and relays them to the vehicle together with the geo-coded destination and additional information, for display on the permanently installed or the terminal.

The driver enters the destination into the navigation system with truck attributes and logs his progress by means of status messages such as start of work, arrival at loading point, waiting times, consignment note number, payload, etc. The vehicle coordinator is able to react to weather-induced delays in construction