Volvo Trucks expands over-the-air offerings with new parameter updates.

Volvo Trucks expands over-the-air offerings with new parameter updates.

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Volvo Trucks has released a series of parameter updates to complement its Parameter Plus subscription package, which allows for up to 50 parameter updates annually per covered vehicle.

Volvo Trucks offers over 250 parameters to choose from and the new set of updates will provide customers with options for increased cost savings, fuel efficiency and uptime, according to the company. The latest package includes updates in categories such as road speed, cruise control, transmission, idle shutdown and fuel economy.

Included in these enhancements is comfort shift, a software package that provides smoother launches when load shifting must be minimized, giving drivers a smoother start, changed gear shift strategy and gentler drive. Idle shutdown is another area of control being offered, giving authority over minimum and maximum time allotted for idleness.

The Parameter Plus package, introduced in March 2019, set the stage for the release of advanced updates such as these. A supplement to Volvo’s Remote Programming, the Parameter Plus package was designed with feedback from customers to meet the demands of their applications via over-the-air updates and help save time.

Average industry time for typical parameter and software updates can require two or more days of downtime, along with the added administration and costs of acquiring a supplementary truck and managing additional driver logistics, according to Volvo. The Parameter Plus package with OTA powertrain software updates can be completed in under 20 minutes and parameter updates in under 10 minutes.

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