Kenworth and Platform Science have announced a strategic partnership that will see the integration of Platform Science’s Virtual Vehicle platform into Kenworth trucks using factory-installed telematics hardware. The Virtual Vehicle platform, which Platform Science says is designed to provide fleets with a range of benefits including productivity, flexibility, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness, will be integrated into Kenworth’s trucks to enhance the overall performance and efficiency of the vehicles.
According to the companies, this partnership will bring together Kenworth’s expertise in manufacturing trucks with Platform Science’s innovation in telematics technology to offer customers a truly integrated and advanced solution that will help them to optimize their fleet operations.
- Productivity: Factory-installed telematics hardware enables fleets to maximize uptime by avoiding installation delays and costs for complementary hardware.
- Flexibility: Virtual Vehicle allows fleets to create a software experience catered to individual business needs through a growing pipeline of developer-created innovations.
- Accessibility: Virtual Vehicle leverages edge, cloud and in-dash data to optimize networks, keeping data available 24/7/365, even when fleets are offline.
- Cost Effectiveness: Users of participating applications on Virtual Vehicle benefit from usage-based billing.
The new suite of services will launch in 2024 for Kenworth’s Class 8 T680, T880 and W990 models and medium-duty T180, T280, T380 and T480 models.