Over-the-air reprogramming from a fleet's perspective

Over-the-air reprogramming from a fleet’s perspective

During the 2018 Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibit, Volvo Trucks put Jason Plumlee, director of maintenance for Saia, center stage to talk about his experience with remote updates.

“Unscheduled down time is very disruptive to our operation,” Plumlee said. “We dual-purpose our tractors, and so our opportunity for scheduled maintenance is always a short window. It’s one of our largest challenges.”

Plumlee explained that within Saia’s network of 152 terminals, only 35 locations offer service. Over-the-air updates freed up Saia’s trucks to update software at non-service location terminals where the process was monitored and verified.

“With the ability to do updates over the air, we don’t have to hook the truck up to a diagnostic computer,” Plumlee said. “The updates have improved product uptime, and we have gained fuel economy, which we constantly monitor.”

Plumlee noted that Saia has only implemented software updates pushed from the OEM, in this case Volvo Trucks, and that there are no plans to use the fleet-adjusted parameter updates, as Saia sets its specs at the time of purchase and doesn’t change them. That said, with the success of the 10 to 20 truck pilot program utilizing Volvo’s OTA updates,

Plumlee has already started rolling out the OTA process to other trucks in the fleet that have the capability. And the process might even expand further.

“Right now, we choose to keep over-the-air updates within the realm of the maintenance department, but we do feel that our next step is enabling drivers to do the updates when they get to a specific location or terminal,” Plumlee said.

For the a look at what over-the-air reprogramming is and why you should care, click here.

You May Also Like

Hyzon Motors publishes white paper showcasing fuel cell system technology

According to Hyzon, its single stack shows significant benefits compared to the traditional approach of combining two 100kW fuel cell systems.


Hyzon Motors Inc., a supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles, published Designing the Future of Fuel Cells, a white paper describing the company’s progress toward producing a single stack 200kW fuel cell system.

To meet heavy-duty transport’s power requirements, most OEMs have opted to combine two complete sets of 90-150kW fuel cell systems, according to the white paper. Hyzon’s in-house fuel cell system design and production, combined with a network of suppliers, Hyzon’s 200kW fuel cell system features a singlestack that generates enough electricity to meet these power requirements.

Freightliner M2, SD Plus Series launch updates its medium-duty truck offering

Freightliner introduced the new Plus Series–enhanced versions of its M2 and SD models, including the M2 106 Plus, M2 112 Plus, 108SD Plus, and 114SD Plus. The enhanced models provide a major update to the interior and electrical systems of the M2 and SD models. The OEM noted that the Plus Series is designed to

Truck cruise control technology that looks at the road ahead

If you’ve ever visited the Northeast region of the country, you’ve most likely encountered intimidating terrain. The winding roads. The steep hills. The intricate routes that challenge any seasoned driver, and, most recently, advanced cruise control systems that aim to improve fuel efficiency and driver comfort.   Related Articles – Four ways A.I. can help cut

Four ways A.I. can help cut diesel fuel costs

The fluctuation of fuel prices has made it more challenging to operate day-to-day. Drivers get paid by the mile, and, when fuel costs go up, margins shrink, impacting how fleets profit and pay their employees. Intelligent technology can lessen the impact of high prices by improving overall fuel efficiency. Related Articles – New ways to

Peterbilt GM Jason Skoog charts today’s truck support, tomorrow’s truck solutions

Peterbilt made headlines recently when it became the first major North American OEM to open orders for an electric truck, the Peterbilt 220EV. In this exclusive interview, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President Jason Skoog details the technology investments that are keeping fleets productive during this year’s trying pandemic and laying the groundwork for

Peterbilt General Manager PACCAR Technology Electric Truck

Other Posts

Quantron showcases hydrogen fuel cell truck

Quantron’s truck uses both a fuel cell and a moderately sized battery to optimize vehicle performance, gradeability, and range.

Autocar, Heil display integrated refuse EV at Waste Expo

E-ACX’s dual electric drive is said to deliver torque that can compare to any current ICE in the refuse space.

AutoCar Heil refuse EV
Daimler Truck CEO on decarbonization developments, infrastructure investment and the reason for Rizon

With sustainable trucking options on the road, more challenges are ahead … as well as opportunity.

FTR: North American Class 8 net orders fell 37% M/M in April

The weak order level in April is not a major surprise, although it is happening earlier in the year than typically expected.