Volvo Trucks put its focus on Remote Programming as the next major innovation to drive vehicle uptime during the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition. First introduced in 2017 for model year 2018 Volvo trucks with Volvo’s factory-installed connectivity hardware, Remote Programming allows Volvo customers to perform over-the-air software and parameter updates anywhere in the U.S. and Canada where a cellular connection is available, and at the discretion of the vehicle’s decision maker, the company explained.
Since its 2017 introduction, more than 1,300 vehicles have received software and parameter updates “over the air,” Volvo reported. Remote programming of software and parameter updates takes about 20 minutes, a significant time savings when compared with the more than two day industry average when a truck arrives at a bay, is plugged in and manually receives updates. In total, Remote Programming has added hundreds of days of uptime and increased performance of the 1,300 trucks.
In addition to software updates, Remote Programming can deliver parameter changes to the road speed configuration and allow owners to change between operating modes for optimal fuel efficiency, maximum performance or a balance of the two.