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Daimler Trucks partners with Platform Science to deliver on-vehicle software solutions

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has partnered with Platform Science, the developer of a platform for on-vehicle mobile applications offering advanced fleet management software solutions.

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Platform Science will be the primary on-vehicle fleet management software development and distribution partner, DTNA says, enabling customers to purchase and utilize third-party telematics solutions and connectivity services directly from their trucks without aftermarket hardware installation. Also announced, Daimler Truck AG has made an investment in Platform Science via the company’s Series B funding round.

“The inclusion of Platform Science in our connected telematics platform represents a leap forward for the industry, and more importantly, our customers,” said Roger Nielsen, president and CEO, DTNA. “The demand and the need for efficiency, safety and uptime has never been greater than it is today. With Platform Science, we will help customers avoid pre-installations delays, improve the fleet manager and driver experience once their assets are on the road, and help keep them moving forward as they keep the world moving.”

Built-in telematics hardware from DTNA will be available from the factory with Platform Science’s software. DTNA says the integration of Platform Science’s technology will provide a seamless customer experience by including an end-to-end solution and maximum visibility with minimal complexity. Drivers will just need to bring an authorized mobile device and log into their new vehicles’ DTNA onboard telematics system.

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This partnership will initially provide key fleet management solutions including electronic logging system, workflow, driver inspection, navigation options, and additional fleet-specific apps, offering customers choice and control of all of their on-vehicle mobile technologies. Ultimately, the service aims to deliver apps from a wide range of software providers, all available on a single telematics enabled platform, DTNA says.

DTNA vehicles installed with Platform Science will begin rolling out in 2021, the company says.

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