Volvo Trucks North America announced an expansion of its remote diagnostics platform. The programming solution allows powertrain software and vehicle parameter updates across North America wherever a cellular network is available.
The new system will be available later this summer for all Volvo trucks equipped with the Volvo-powered 2017 GHC-compliant engines.
Volvo Trucks project manager Ash Makki says up to 75 percent of software updates are neglected industry-wide. This is because of the time it takes to schedule updates, take trucks in for service, which takes on average anywhere from 2 to 3 days.
This new software update will allow for engine software to update during a driver’s scheduled rest period.
A fleet manager will be notified that the software is updated and prompted to authorize a download. When the truck is parked in a safe location, the driver will be instructed to leave the ignition on and initiate an update. Once it is completed, the driver will be notified.