Everyone loves a good list. Everyone also wants to be in the top tier of that list, but realities can be surprising and eye-opening. After all, taking stock of your weaknesses presents an opportunity to turn them into strengths. Consider your truck spec’ing strategy. You’ve poured over the equipment options, taken stock of your duty cycle demands and determined the best tractor configuration. Then life happens, and a lot of life has come at us all over the past several years. Trucks get older or they get put into applications they weren’t necessarily built for–the fact is that getting the job done sometimes means sacrificing efficiency in the short term. The danger is when that becomes the long term.
So, what if you could see how your truck spec stacks up against other fleets in similar applications?
That’s the promise of Volvo Trucks North America’s Connected Vehicle Analytics dealer tool. The benchmarking feature anonymizes and aggregates truck operational data within duty cycles to compare you to the other trucks running those same applications in North America.
“We can have conversations about how the fleet’s trucks are running or how drivers are driving the trucks–that could highlight drivers that might need additional coaching. Or it could highlight an older software issue that needs to be updated. [Older software] could impact fuel efficiency,” Duane Tegels, product marketing manager, powertrain, Volvo Trucks North America explained when we caught up with him at this year’s TMC to talk through the Connected vehicle Analytics tool.
Watch the video above for all of his insight.
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