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New MAN over-the-air software update service goes live

The new digital service ‘MAN Now’, the first service to offer over-the-air (OTA) software updates direct to vehicles, has gone live.

Installed on current MAN models, the facility will give truck operators the ability to access an expanding range of features, beamed direct to the vehicle via mobile internet. The service is now active in the EU, along with the UK, Norway and Switzerland.

MAN OnlineTraffic, the first feature on MAN Now to be made available over-the-air, enables truck drivers to plan the best possible route by feeding route-specific, real-time data on the current traffic conditions into the vehicle navigation system.

In this way, customers benefit from up-to-date information about traffic jams or traffic disruption and can optimise their route. The navigation system works out alternative routes on the basis of this data.

Thanks to MAN OnlineTraffic, restrictions that are relevant to truck drivers in particular, such as clearance heights or permissible gross weights on bridges, are taken into account when the system works out the optimum route.

MAN says more features will be added throughout the course of 2021, the next being MAN MapUpdate, with fuel consumption reduction software, gearbox driving programmes and additional language packs among those to follow.