International Truck will be the first truck manufacturer to offer over-the-air truck programming for Cummins engines, allowing fleets to update engine control modules with a secure Wi-Fi connection.
Over-the-air programming is available through the nine-pin International Link device that enables drivers or fleet managers to use a mobile interface to initiate engine programming over Wi-Fi. Engine control modules can then be updated to reflect the latest manufacturer approved calibrations without needing to visit a dealer or service facility.
The service will first be available for a limited production release of Cummins 2017 model year engines, beginning in fall 2016. The two companies have plans to expand the service to other model years.
"This new service for users of Cummins engines builds on our commitment to open-architecture solutions that provide drivers and fleets with improved uptime," said Terry Kline, senior vice president and chief information officer, Navistar. "Many of our customers have mixed fleets, and thanks to this industry-leading innovation, customers will be able to program Cummins' engines without having to leave their own facilities."
International was the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to introduce OTA programming of ECMs, according to the company. It first offered the service for trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 proprietary engines.
"We are pleased to be working with International to provide users of our engines with the latest in over-the-air solutions," said Amy Boerger, vice president of sales for Cummins' North America Engine Business.