Kenworth introduced two new technology products to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity on the road – Kenworth TruckTech+ and Kenworth NAV+ HD.
TruckTech+ will be available for new Kenworth Class 8 trucks specified with the PACCAR MX-13 engine starting this summer. Kenworth customers will benefit from real-time vehicle health monitoring technology provided by PeopleNet, the telematics provider for the Kenworth system. The system will allow the PACCAR MX-13 engine to “talk” with the fleet manager, Kenworth call center and Kenworth dealer to optimize truck uptime and productivity.
TruckTech+ saves time by providing information to the driver and fleet manager on the next steps. Fault codes and engine performance data are sent via the truck’s standard modem to Kenworth’s analytics center, where possible root causes are diagnosed and solutions are recommended via email notification.
Notifications may include keep driving, no action required; keep driving and have the fault addressed during the next service interval; head to a dealer for service; or pull over to prevent damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. In addition, the data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution.
While ‘home base’ is kept apprised of truck developments – allowing decisions to be made by the fleet manager – the driver has access to data as well.
The system is included for the first two years a new Kenworth Class 8 truck is on the road, or during the duration of an extended engine warranty period, if purchased. After that period, Kenworth’s remote diagnostics tool can be maintained by subscription.
Kenworth NAV+ HD features a 7-inch high-definition touch screen, plus integration into the Kenworth SmartWheelsteering wheel. The system offers hands-free Bluetooth phone capability, truck navigation through Co-Pilot, iPod and MP3 integration, integrated SiriusXM satellite radio, virtual gauges, camera inputs and a host of other features. In addition, it offers WiFi capability.
When Co-Pilot is activated, map updates can be checked for and downloaded. If a rearview camera is added to the truck, it can be integrated into NAV+ HD.