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The truck service impact of over-the-air engine updates

Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 15 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

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Operational data, diagnostic information—the cliche marketing line that the truck is a rolling cell phone is true, especially now that the data goes both ways. Over-the-air updates allow for a two-way digital dialogue between your trucks and the software service platform that supports them.

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Over-the-air (OTA for short) reprogramming lets you send an update to your truck when it’s off duty to refresh specific parameters that vary depending on the engine manufacturer. Once the engine is updated, it will operate according to the new parameters. The most common use of this technology is to patch the engine with an OEM update.

Watch the video above for an overview of OTA capabilities and tips for becoming more comfortable touching your trucks remotely to improve uptime and reduce service needs.

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