Ioxus, designers and manufacturers of smart power solutions based on its ultracapacitor technology, announced a new Bluetooth interface for its uSTART intelligent power management system at the 2019 TMC Annual Meeting.
“The connection saves time and improves safety during roadside events by providing the ability to remotely check battery voltage and uSTART status or use the system’s jumpstart capability without needing to access the battery box, “said Jeff Colton, senior vice president of global sales for Ioxus. “The Bluetooth app for uSTART helps complete inspections, maintenance and service quickly and more efficiently.”
Functions enabled using the new Bluetooth interface for uSTART include:
• Visibility for drivers into battery voltage and uSTART status to determine if the vehicle needs to be started to charge the batteries;
• Remote checking of uSTART and battery health without connecting diagnostic tools, saving technician time;
• Enabling technicians to place uSTART in Run or Maintenance mode without accessing controls on the device; and
• Jumpstart capabilities for drivers and roadside service technicians without the need to push a button on uSTART or connect jumper cables or chargers.
Installed by an OEM or retrofitted as a drop-in Group 31 battery replacement, uSTART systems are available for Class 6 package and other delivery trucks and for Class 7 and 8 day cab trucks and tractors with up to 12-liter engines.