May 18, 2016 by Minuteman Trucks
Navistar was the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to offer over-the-air (OTA) programming of engine control modules (ECMs) starting with its N9, N10, and N13 engines. Navistar now looks to be the first to offer OTA programming for Cummins, allowing fleets to update their engines using a secure Wi-Fi network.
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. Eliminating the need to visit a dealer or service facility, ECMs can be updated to reflect the latest manufacturer approved calibrations helping users stay up to date.
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.
In the words of Navistar’s senior vice president and chief information officer, Kerry Kline, “this new service builds on our open-architecture solutions that provide drivers and fleets with improved uptime.” This new innovation should help customers with mixed fleets manage their fleets with less effort and more efficiently.
Article source: TruckingInfo.com