Traton AG and Solera Holdings Inc. have announced a strategic partnership intended to shape the future digital landscape of global transportation and logistics. This collaboration includes fleet management, driver services and digital sales solutions for participants in the global commercial vehicle ecosystem. The decision to launch the new partnership was made following the cooperation of Traton’s MAN Truck & Bus AG and Solera, which have jointly developed a driver-focused after sales application set. Now, Traton and Solera are taking the cooperation to the next level.
Both companies have united to help their customers solve the biggest challenges the transportation industry is facing: driver shortage and retention, security, truck utilization and load efficiency, solutions for predictive maintenance, analytics and vehicle uptime. Beyond this, the partnership also aims to shape and accelerate new business models of the future, such as freight hailing, secure logistics and smart goods, as well as tracking with sensor data. As partners, Traton and Solera intend to deliver digital solutions from Traton, for example and Loadfox, RIO services, MAN DigitalServices, enriched with Solera’s Digital Garage platform that focuses on connecting all of the approximately 250 service interactions throughout the truck life-cycle.
“At Traton we strongly believe in the power of strategic partnerships in order to implement our Global Champion Strategy,” said Andreas Renschler, CEO of Traton AG and member of the Management Board of Volkswagen AG responsible for Commercial Vehicles. “This partnership is another step beyond our traditional business. With Solera as a partner we gain further expertise and are aiming to explore new ways in the field of connected services and new business models. It is a great milestone for us as we are developing from a group of hardware manufacturers to a provider of digital solutions for our customers.”
“We are excited to work with Traton and its portfolio of brands to bring secure digital solutions to the fleet and logistics market,” said Tony Aquila, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Solera. “With our built-in IVAS technology that secures and verifies fleet activity, our flagship Digital Garage platform will connect to the industrial blockchain to help digitalize and secure this industry. Our partnership with Traton is built on a driver-first approach that is designed to yield higher ROIs, lower transaction costs and ensure superior customer experience.”
Both companies intend to connect open ecosystems that interlink intermodal transportation and existing IT solutions in a smart and secure way. Unlike other solutions in the market, this will be founded on an open API based ecosystem. In the upcoming weeks, the joint projects will be further specified and processed.