"Detroit Connect Circle of Connectivity" Image: Detroit

"Detroit Connect Circle of Connectivity" Image: Detroit

Detroit has introduced Detroit Connect Analytics as part of its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, to give customers “important insights about their vehicles to help them make critical business decisions.”

Analytics will be available through the connectivity platform launching with the next-generation Freightliner Cascadia, which was rolled out on Sept. 1 in Colorado Springs.

Detroit said Analytics, accessed via a dedicated section of the new Detroit Connect portal, will provide users with on-demand automated fuel-efficiency and safety analysis and reports featuring key insights from Detroit and Daimler Trucks North America engineers. 

“Analytics uses that expertise to quickly identify behaviors, trends, root causes and key insights on fuel consumption and safety performance data across the fleet,” stated the company. 

Detroit said the data provides easy-to-read analysis and recommendations for improving vehicle and fleet performance and fleet managers can view the data for a single trip, single vehicle or their entire fleet over different periods of time.

Fuel-efficiency performance data analyzed includes engine speed, idle time, cruise control, engine power, integrated powertrain performance and driver interaction. The safety data is collected from all available safety systems, including the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems, and includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, distance violations and speed violations.

“The combination of Detroit Connect Analytics and the new Cascadia enhances the truck’s performance potential by using data to deepen the connection between the fleet’s management, the driver and the vehicle,” said Matt Pfaffenbach, director, connectivity for DTNA.

“The ability to unlock and understand what’s happening with the truck and use that knowledge to make adjustments is a significant time and performance advantage for our customers,” he added. “Customers can spend less time crunching data and more time optimizing vehicle performance.”

The system will be included in different service option packages with the new Cascadia that will deliver the fuel efficiency features only or both fuel efficiency and safety features. 

Detroit Connect Analytics will be available for use with the new Cascadia beginning in the first quarter of next year. It will be available with other Freightliner and Western Star models later in 2017.

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