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Peterbilt launches over-the-air engine updates technology

Peterbilt Motors Co. announced the addition of over-the-air (OTA) updates for the PACCAR MX engines and aftertreatment systems beginning in December.

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Peterbilt Motors Co. announced the addition of over-the-air (OTA) updates for the PACCAR MX engines and aftertreatment systems beginning in December. 

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The technology will leverage the existing SmartLINQ Remote Diagnostics hardware and the PACCAR Solutions portal, along with a new mobile app, to deliver secure software updates remotely. 

“The ability to perform Over-the-Air software updates represents a major enhancement to customer uptime. Peterbilt customers can now download the latest software anytime, anywhere, without the need to travel to a dealer location,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager.

OTA functionality will be available to Class 8 Peterbilt customers with an engine model year 2017 or newer PACCAR MX-11 or MX-13 Engine and an active SmartLINQ subscription. Beginning in December, customers will be able to request the software updates via the PACCAR Solutions portal. The PACCAR OTA mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. 

With the introduction of Over-the-Air updates, Peterbilt expands a suite of uptime services offered on its vehicles and supported through the fastest-growing Class 8 dealer network in North America. More than 113,000 vehicles are equipped with SmartLINQ Remote Diagnostics functionality and customers are able to manage service events online through the PACCAR Solutions Service Management portal. Peterbilt dealers also offer Rapid-Check expedited diagnostics services and mobile service units throughout North America. 

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