The number of connected trucks is growing steadily, translating into significant impact on vehicle uptime as more optimal maintenance and time-saving services leverage connectivity. This can give operators up to a whole day extra operation each year, boosting their profitability and the service they provide to their customers.
“This is one of several signs that connectivity is transforming heavy transport. From the customer’s point of view, the results of Scania’s embrace of connectivity back in 2011 are becoming more and more beneficial by the year. Better uptime and smarter planning means improved bottom line – and – more sustainable transport,” says Karin Rådström, their Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing.
By the end of 2018, there were more than 360,000 connected Scania trucks and buses on the road. About 90 percent of the rolling fleet in Europe is connected. Other parts of the world are following.
The total rolling fleet of Scania vehicles drives a whopping 2.9 billion kilometres every month. In 2011, the corresponding figure was just 62 million kilometres. It’s the wealth of data provided by vehicles’ on-board connected devices that allows it to provide tailored services such as maintenance with flexible plans, vehicle servicing that is based on real-time operational data and actual vehicle usage.
Here, the operational data of each truck is monitored when deciding on maintenance needs. Thus, for example oil and filter changes can be made at the best possible time, which cuts the amount of time in the workshop, improving customer economy and making part changes as sustainable as possible.
And real-time data from connected vehicles provides insights into driving styles, productivity and economy, which can improve vehicle performance and enhance safety. This is vital for operating economy, road safety, and environmental impact.