September 3, 2015 by Minuteman Trucks
This Monday, Navistar’s International Truck announced plans to offer over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming of engine control modules (ECM) for International® trucks powered by its N9, N10 or N13 engines. This quick procedure can be performed at the customer’s facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi connection.
According to Mike Cerilli, Navistar’s Connected Vehicle Business general manager, OTA reprogramming of a truck’s ECM enables drivers or fleet managers to use a mobile interface to initiate reprogramming. He continued on to include that International continues to partner with industry-leading data and technology companies to ensure the system offers the highest level of security.
“Over-the-air reprogramming in International trucks will revolutionize the way our customers’ trucks are serviced and maintained,” said Bill Kozek, Navistar president, Truck and Parts. “This is another important example of how our connected vehicle leadership is paving the way for future advancements that will drive improvements in vehicle uptime and real-world, bottom-line results for our customers.”
True to these words, International remains steadfast and continues to look towards the future and other possible applications of this technology. In a related comment, Navistar spokesperson Lyndi McMillan expanded on this saying, “OTA has the potential to enable the reprogramming of any system that utilizes software on the vehicle.”
“OTA lays the groundwork for a pipeline of connected vehicle services such as partner engine and component calibration updates, body control module updates and future cellular capabilities,” says Cerilli. “These and future advancements will provide improved customer uptime, fuel efficiency and other benefits that will drive added value for customers.”
International has completed initial testings in its test fleets and looks to finalize testing in customer fleets this fall. The official launch of the two-way connected vehicle technology is scheduled for early next year on model year 2017 International® trucks powered by N9, N10 and N13 engines.
Source: Commercial Carrier Journal