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Navistar develops, improves technologies to improve uptime

| March 27, 2014


Technologies aimed at maximizing vehicle uptime while offering customers more options and control were the topics discussed by Navistar Inc. leaders Thursday during the company’s annual press event at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The offerings – OnCommand Connection, Diamond Logic and fully automatic and automated manual transmissions – are designed to make vehicles more fuel efficient, safer, capable and more productive.

“We are thinking harder about the role of new technologies to help customers every day while delivering industry-leading vehicle uptime,” says Bill Kozek, president of North America Truck and Parts for Navistar. “The future is about converting unplanned downtime into scheduled maintenance and getting trucks back on the road where they are earning revenue.”

By supporting quicker repairs and controlling maintenance and repair costs, the OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system is designed to increase vehicle uptime along with increased fleet management efficiency for North American truck customers.

The system is the first single remote diagnostics portal to use an open architecture system with fleets’ existing telematics providers, according to Navistar. The company is using OnCommand Connection with Omnitracs, PeopleNet, Teletrac, Vnomics, GEOTAB, XRS Corporation, CyntrX and Pedigree Technologies, which currently provide telematics solutions to a majority of International truck fleet customers.

A dashboard of capabilities for customers includes the ability to view action steps as well as the location of vehicles requiring attention on a map in proximity to service locations. Navistar also has the ability to monitor all vehicle makes at varying levels of detail to support fleets with a blend of makes and models.

The company is also testing a mobile website and app to make diagnostics and service tools accessible to fleet managers anywhere and anytime.

The OnCommand Connection currently supports more than 30,000 vehicles and offers fleet managers access to real-time fault codes, vehicle locations, nearby dealer locations and fault code actions plans within an online portal.

“We are just scratching the surface of the capabilities of this system,” Kozek says.

Navistar has also been a pioneer in custom programmable chassis electronics and multiplexing since 2001. The company has continued to closely partner with end users and body builders to further increase productivity.

Diamond Logic helps vocational customers work smarter, faster and safer, while preventing operators from inadvertently damaging valuable equipment.

“Our Diamond Logic operating system is best known for its ability to provide control and communication between work trucks and body equipment,” Kozek says.

Similarly, by electronically monitoring vehicle speed, grade, weight and more to select the best gear for the engine, Navistar’s portfolio of automatic and automated manual transmissions improves efficiency and extends the life of the driveline. Navistar currently offers the Cummins Eaton Smart Advantage 10-speed automated manual transmission, the Eaton UltraShift Plus LSE 16-speed direct drive automated mechanical transmission on the ProStar and the Allison TC10, a 10-speed fully automatic transmission, on the ProStar and the TranStar.

“Automatic and automated manual transmissions work to reduce the variance between expert drivers and first-timers,” says Kozek.

  • Rosetta Diaz

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    He said that when he wanted to buy a new truck he couldn’t cause his personal credit because it was to bad. He had been in business for over five years and made very go money, but because of child support he didn’t know he owed, his credit was ruined.

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    I think it look really cool… I’d love to drive it and buy one if it ever came to market.. I always thought it would be cool to match a turbo shaft turbine engine from a helicopter and put it into a class 8 truck.. M1 military tanks use a gas turbine engine but get bad fuel milage, a helicopter engine would get better, and looks like these guys have even done better

  • Sdeekay

    I’ll keep my 1965 GMC Crackerbox. It’s from an age when trucks were trucks, men were men, and women knew it!….and robots were toys for children.
    I’m just too old at just 52.

  • Scott

    It’s kinda like a conventional truck and a cabover truck. It totally needs a passenger seat and passenger door. I would volunteer to test drive this on my route for a few months

  • CJ

    My main concern as with any new vehicle is safety. Honestly this truck and the trailer looks like it would roll easy, or blow over in high wind, crumple like a can in a wreck and possibly increase the chance of catching fire. I also have concerns of how to get out in the event of a crash. Sliding doors on other vehicles have a tendency to have alot of malfunctions and can be costly to fix. So I hate to think of the cost of repairs for a truck.
    From comfort stand points it appears to have a pullout chair bed? Who can say they have ever had a good nights sleep on anything like that….it’s bad enough in a conventional sleeper. Plus no passenger seat. This would make it unusable for team drivers or any driver who takes their significant other or kids out. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.