Raman Dhillon


In response to the recent passage of A.B. 5 in California, third-party logistics company Landstar System, which employs the largest number of owner-operators in the U.S, has decided to restructure its operations in California. A.B. 5 codified the 2018 Dynamex decision which restricts the use of independent contractors by business entities in the state.

In a letter to over 10,000 owner-operators throughout the U.S. on Nov. 4, Landstar indicated it will be in contact with its California based contractors to “discuss some options relating to the potential impact” of the law which takes effect on Jan. 1. 

Although Landstar confirmed they had sent the letter, they declined to state what options would be available, other than to say that contractors would need to decide what would be best for them based on their “own informed business decisions” on how to react to the new law.

Three options seem viable, however, for carriers and owner-operators in California. First, fleets could simply stop doing business in California, which seems unlikely considering the state is the fifth-largest economy in the world with a GDP surpassing $2.7 trillion a year and has three of the largest and busiest ports in the nation. 

Second, owner-operators could work with carriers to make the transition from independent contractor to permanent company driver. Finally, carriers could set up an entirely independent brokerage arm apart from their shipping operation in order to contract loads with independent owner-operators.

Dynamex and the subsequent passage of A.B. 5 have left carriers scrambling to resolve the problems surrounding the use of independent contractors. Swift, an arm of Knight-Swift, reportedly ended its use of independent contractors last March. The use of the “ABC test” in Dynamex, which distinguishes between permanent employees and independent contractors, will make it virtually impossible for carriers to contract with owner-operators in California.

Both the Western States and California Trucking Associations have filed lawsuits against the law and specifically the legality of the “ABC test.” They are also lobbying the California legislature for options to allow the use of owner-operators by carriers in the state. These possible solutions may take time to work out, prompting Landstar to seek other ways to continue working in California.    


Citing increased driver flexibility and improved highway safety, 21 Republican congressmen recently praised the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking for hours-of-service reform.

The lawmakers, from a variety of states, east, and west, sent a letter to the agency voicing their support for the HOS overhaul. Dated Oct. 31, the letter said, “The agency’s proposed changes appropriately reflect the concerns commonly expressed to us by stakeholders throughout the trucking industry. Not only would the reforms put forward by FMCSA provide truckers the flexibility they need, but they would also improve safety on our nation’s roadways.”

FMCSA’s notice of proposed rulemaking has five main adjustments to HOS regulations:

The limits for short-haul operations would increase from 12 to 14 hours and from 100 air miles to 150.

The adverse driving provision would allow a driver up to a 16-hour window within which to complete up to 13 hours of driving if the driver encounters adverse conditions.

The 30-minute break requirement would be modified, prohibiting driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least one 30-minute change in a duty status. This would allow 30 minutes of on-duty, not driving time; off-duty time; or sleeper-berth time to qualify as a break.”

In addition to splits of 10/0 and 8/2, drivers would be allowed a split-sleeper option of 7/3.

Drivers would have the option of stopping the clock a minimum of 30 minutes and up to three hours consecutively once per duty period.

The comment period, including two public listening sessions, generated over 8,100 submissions. Overall, the comments favored increased flexibility by giving more chances for fatigued drivers to stop or when traffic or weather delays cause unsafe driving conditions.

The letter went on to say, “With this notice of proposed rulemaking, FMCSA has recognized that drivers are professionals capable of making the best decisions about when it is safe for them to drive, and when it is best for them to rest, and when to avoid congestion or refrain from driving in adverse conditions.”

The final set of rules could be rolled out as early as next year, although there is currently no exact timetable. “Given the potential safety benefits of implementing this notice of proposed rulemaking, we urge you to finalize the rule as quickly as possible,” the letter concluded. “Today’s hours-of-service requirements simply aren’t working. Since their implementation, crash rates have regrettably increased. We agree with the agency’s approach to reforming hours of service, which features improvements recommended by America’s most experienced professional drivers.”

The following lawmakers signed the letter:

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas

Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan.

Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas

Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont.

Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, R-Va.

Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.

Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va.

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas

Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich.

Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas

Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif.

Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo.

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa.

Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc.

Rep. Collin C. Peterson, R-Minn.

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.

Phillips Connect Technologies (PCT), a strategic business unit of Phillips Industries, has partnered with Nussbaum Transportation, (headquartered in Hudson, Illinois), to supply a revolutionary “smart trailer” system that delivers GPS tracking, cargo detection, Automatic Tire Inflation System alerts, tire pressure and temperature monitoring, and an Anti-lock Braking System Decoder that provides detailed fault codes, trailer VIN information, and mileage reporting. PCT will also deliver on tractor-trailer pairing, ensuring the right tractors connect to the correct trailers before hauling a load. In combination, this smart trailer system will provide Nussbaum with detailed information to drive critical operational KPI reporting metrics. Additional sensor features under consideration by Nussbaum Transportation are the Phillips Connect LITE-SENTRY® (light out detection system), and the first-of-its-kind Phillips Connect Remote PreCheck system. This system will provide the ability to remotely pre-check lights and tires on a parked trailer from any device connected to the internet.

Additionally, Nussbaum Transportation will combine the TireView™ system, by Pressure Systems International, for tire pressure and temperature monitoring (TPMS) with their industry-leading Automatic Tire Inflation System (ATIS). This new solution delivers real-time tire health to a fleet’s operations managers, instead of waiting for a driver to report a tire concern, while still automatically maintaining pressures to allow the driver to complete their run.  Additionally, the system delivers an operational advantage by providing visibility of the trailer tire status even when it is untethered, without tractor power connected.

“Nussbaum Transportation is one of the most respected trucking fleets on the road today and is widely recognized for adopting new technology that allows them to lead the industry in fuel efficiency and driver satisfaction,” notes Kent Crymes, who led the commercial engagement with Nussbaum. “Given the high quality of the Nussbaum fleet assets and the high value that the management team places on ROI and trailer health data, we thought they would be an outstanding partner for our technology,” Crymes commented further.

The opportunity with Nussbaum Transportation was highly competitive, with many of the most established telematics companies vying for the win. “After working closely with PCT’s Business Intelligence team, we were able to immediately realize the ROI for the entire TrailerNet™ system,” noted Doug Bradle, chief operating officer for Nussbaum. In addition to PCT’s trailer-based product, the company offers integrated analytics, business intelligence tools, and customized reporting capabilities for fleets looking to identify and track hard ROI targets.  PCT’s products, which include advanced business intelligence tools and baseline planned ROI, compare actual fleet data to ensure that asset managers are attaining cost savings or maximizing revenue opportunities.  PCT isn’t just selling a product at a cost; they provide the fleet with data visualization screens and reports that create a gain on their investment and an opportunity to increase overall fleet metrics.

“In the end, the opportunity landed with the only company that could deliver on all of our requirements that together represent a truly “smart trailer,” and by a provider that can install the integrated system today, not tomorrow,” said Nussbaum’s director of maintenance, Tony Morthland.

Volvo Trucks introduces the FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit, which includes a system of wheel covers and fairings designed for improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, as a factory-installed option in Q2 2020. The announcement was made on October 28, 2019 at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The aerodynamics of our trucks have a significant impact on fuel efficiency and our customers’ bottom line,” said Allison Athey, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America. “The new FlowBelow package offers our customers an enhanced aerodynamic option, providing up to an additional 1% increase in fuel efficiency when combined with our most aerodynamic truck spec including the Xceed fuel efficiency package, and a dry van with trailer skirts, further reducing environmental footprints.”

The FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit is a complete system designed to minimize turbulence and improve aerodynamics by surrounding the drive wheels to better manage the air that moves around the tractor while in motion. The system consists of wheel covers, a center fairing between the wheels and a rear fairing behind the wheels. These pieces work together to maintain control of the airflow from end to end, keeping the air running along the side of the truck and around the wheels. The air is then funneled out when it reaches the back of the truck, jumping the gap between truck and trailer.

“Heavy-duty trucks experience a great deal of turbulence and drag due to their sheer size and speed at which they travel down the road,” said Josh Butler, president and founder, FlowBelow Aero, Inc. “The FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit significantly decreases the impact of those factors, optimizing the surface along the side of the truck to make it more aerodynamic, leading to better fuel mileage and real savings for customers.”

Not only does the FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit improve the efficiency of the truck, it provides a variety of styling options with wheel covers available in black, white and chrome, and fairings available in black and white. The wheel covers and fairings are both durable and flexible, enabling them to better withstand road conditions, debris and contaminants while also providing easy access for drivers and mechanics.

Volvo Trucks will begin offering factory-installed FlowBelow wheel covers and fairings separately, as well as the full FlowBelow Tractor AeroKit included with its Xceed fuel efficiency package as a customer option for truck orders in 4×2, 6×2, and 6×4 axle configurations by the end of 2019. Volvo Trucks will offer factory installation of the FlowBelow system for all VNL and VNR models in Q2 2020.

  • Solid-state, 50m range, wide field-of-view (120°x 30°) LIDAR sensor
  • Generates high-resolution 3D point cloud and intensity maps 25 times/sec

Allentown, PA, October 28, 2019. Continental, a leading global supplier of systems and components for automobile and truck manufacturers, has developed and is shipping samples of its new and advanced automotive grade solid-state LIDAR to the Commercial Vehicle Market.  The HFL110 3D Flash LIDAR™ enhances Continental’s existing ADAS sensor suite or radar and 2D color sensors for automated driving.  The ability to create a precision 3D profile of a vehicle’s surroundings is a fundamental prerequisite for automated and safe driving.  The HFL110 sensor deliversdetailed and accurate 3-dimensional profile in 330 nanoseconds per frame, regardless of time-of-day or weather conditions.

The new 3D Flash LIDAR HFL110 sensor has been developed for use at close range (50m or less).  Immune to vibration or speed distortion, the sensor generates a high-resolution 3D point cloud 25 times per second within its 120° field of view.  Whether in dense urban or highway environments, the HFL110’s multiple precise distance measurements capture 4,096 contiguous pixels of depth data in real-time across the field of view, enabling and assisting with challenging maneuvers, safely.

The contiguous HFL110 pixels tolerate nearby high or low reflectivity surfaces, producing a point cloud and/or an object list to define and track the vehicle’s surroundings and moving objects within it.  Enhanced by an integrated heater and an optional automatic washer system, it can be combined with Continental’s radars and 2D cameras for a power sensor suite to assure a high degree of reliability in a wide range of weather conditions.

Addressing application areas in automotive, commercial vehicles, agriculture, construction, mining, UAV delivery, Precision Infrastructure Inspection and more, the HFL110 short range sensor is available for sampling. Continental’s High-Resolution 3D Flash LIDAR™ (HFL) with 3D Global Shutter™ enables the Future of Machine Vision.


If you think about October, what are things you think about? Probably cooler weather, pumpkin patches, tailgating, Halloween parties, and gooey candy. Did you know that October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? We know you’re busy thinking about the ways to protect yourself against cold weather, football losses, or Halloween costume malfunctions in October. But let us tell you how to protect your trucking company all year round.
We are truly in the digital age, we’ve invited smart devices into our homes giving them permission to control our lights, door locks, and thermometers. Our smartphones give us access to anything our minds can think of and we can pay for it by electronically sending money to anyone all over the world. But this new level of quick convenience comes with a price because we’re also putting ourselves at risk for getting scammed, phished, and hacked.
We’ve got a list of tips to help you scam proof yourself with a little help from our friends at the Better Business Bureau (BBB):
Be wary of clicking on ads that come up on your social media feed. If you aren’t sure about a business’s legitimacy, let the BBB help you verify them.
Secure your smart devices and check the settings on your apps to make sure your security is protected. Keep your software up to date, encrypt your WiFi, and name your router.
Be aware of the various Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams out there and carefully read and respond to emails.
Use multifactor authentication to secure your logins and never download or install files from unverified sources.
Change your passwords often and keep them long. Passphrases are a more secure way to set up passwords.
If you want even more ways to protect your trucking company from malicious cybersecurity threats, then download the BBB’s 5-Step Approach to Better Business Cybersecurity guide.

Keeping your trucking company secure is just as important as keeping your trucking company’s cash flow strong. Apex has nearly 25 years of experience helping thousands of trucking companies find financial stability and successfully grow their trucking company with freight factoring. If you want that too, then give us a call at 855-369-2739 or get started here.

ATLANTA, Ga. – Oct. 28, 2019 – Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is utilizing its
display at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) to highlight new product and
service solutions, including the introduction of the revolutionary Dynamic Lease Program from
Daimler Truck Financial (DTF). The full complement of DTNA’s innovative solutions to keep
drivers and customers moving are on exhibit at NACV (booth #611).
“The North American Commercial Vehicle Show is the ideal venue to showcase the latest
solutions for our customers,” said Roger Nielsen, president, and CEO, Daimler Trucks North
America. “The innovative work of our collective team is represented in the products and services
displayed in our booth, designed to demonstrate the complete customer journey of today, as
well as the future.”

Notable Customer-Driven Solutions from DTNA at NACV
* An all-new and unique telematics-based solution for vehicle financing, the Dynamic
Lease created by DTF and powered by the Detroit Connect Platform enables pay-as-
you-drive financing to match lease payments to billable miles.
* The latest Freightliner Cascadia enhanced with additional aerodynamic and powertrain
improvements to deliver up to a five percent fuel efficiency gain over the previous model.
It is the first truck in series production in North America to offer SAE level 2 automation
when equipped with the full Detroit Assurance 5.0 suite of safety systems.
* The next-generation heavy-duty Detroit DD15 Gen 5 engine (available 2021) boosts fuel
economy and lowers CO2 emissions for the Class 8 market – a win for real cost of
ownership and a win for the climate.
*  Western Star hints at the vocational truck of the future with the showcase of one-of-a-
kind design models.
*  DTNA’s Aftermarket team launches Excelerator, the company’s new e-commerce
platform to streamline the parts ordering process and speed order fulfillment time.

Dynamic Lease from Daimler Truck Financial
To enable customers to finance the next generation of connected commercial vehicles, DTF has
introduced a pay-as-you-drive lease financing solution exclusively for DTNA. This revolutionary
telematics-based financing option is powered by the embedded Detroit Connect Platform and
debuts on the market-leading Cascadia spec’d with Detroit engines. The Dynamic Lease will be
released in late Q1 2020 and will empower customers to better manage cash flow by aligning
billable miles to the lease payment, placing them firmly in the driver’s seat for the road ahead.
“We are excited to offer this innovative financing solution starting with the Freightliner Cascadia,
the most innovative truck on the market” said Tobias Waldeck, head of Daimler Truck Financial.
“The Dynamic Lease offers our customers an incredible amount of flexibility to manage their
business and is a great complement to our other products.”

Efficiency leading, Safest-ever Freightliner Cascadia
The Cascadia was recently enhanced with additional aerodynamic and powertrain management
improvements to provide up to a five percent fuel efficiency gain over the previous model. The
enhanced Cascadia further benefits from the addition of Detroit Assurance 5.0. Aided by the use
of virtual reality (VR), NACV attendees will have the opportunity to take the advanced safety

suite for a “test drive” directly on the show floor. Participants in the VR experience will
experience firsthand how industry-firsts like Active Brake Assist 5.0 with full braking for moving
pedestrians, Adaptive Cruise Control to zero miles per hour, and Lane Keep Assist enable the
first SAE Level 2 automated driving experience for heavy-duty trucks.
Also demonstrated in the VR experience is Side Guard Assist with the full-trailer sweep. The
industry’s only aid of its kind, Side Guard Assist uses a robust sensor array to alert the driver to
the presence of vehicles, stationary objects, or pedestrians alongside both truck and trailer
when the driver attempts to make a lane change or right-hand turn, maximizing safety in both
receiving yards and urban driving situations.
“The Freightliner Cascadia is the most efficient truck on the market and continues to improve for
customers and fleets by getting smarter, working harder and running cleaner,” said Richard
Howard, senior vice president, Sales, and Marketing. “Equipped with an Integrated Detroit
Powertrain and Detroit Assurance 5.0, the Cascadia delivers a seamless driver experience and
an unrivaled focus on safety to bring us one step closer to our goal of accident-free driving.”

New  from Detroit

Detroit DD15 Gen-5

The Cascadia further extends its Class 8 fuel-efficiency leadership thanks to the new DD15 Gen
5 engine, available in 2021. Updates to the next generation engine will allow for more efficient
combustion which increases fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions. The DD15 Gen 5 will
further benefit drivers with increased performance and durability.
The DT12, Detroit's automated manual transmission (AMT) gets even better for 2020 with
higher overall ratios that will contribute to fuel efficiency improvements and provide better low-
speed maneuverability. New side Power Take-Off capabilities allow increased flexibility and
expanded application coverage.
During NACV show days, (October 28 through October 31) live teardowns of both the DT12 and
a Detroit DD5 mid-range engine will be conducted on the show floor. The engine and
transmission teardowns will demonstrate the robustness and reliability of these proven industry
leaders as both have been subjected to the rigors of real-world use. The DT12, which has more
than 950,000 miles, is three years old and was used for long haul/line delivery in a Classic
Cascadia. The DD5 has over 360,000 registered miles delivering mail, and it is one of the first
production DD5s placed into service.
Detroit Connect improves the drive toward maximum uptime to keep Freightliner, Western Star
and Thomas Built Bus customers up and running with the use of Remote Diagnostics and
Remote Updates. New enhancements to the platform include a smart alert system that
accurately identifies and classifies various fault events by the level of fleet and driver response
required. This results in reduced unplanned downtime and better alignment with planned
preventative maintenance events.
Available since early 2018 for the new Cascadia, Remote Updates, which allows the select engine
parameters including road and cruise speeds to be remotely updated by fleets will be
complemented in 2020 with Firmware Over the Air to further reduce the need to take a vehicle
off the road for select service updates.

Western Star’s Truck of the Future Student Design Inspiration
In collaboration with the ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, Western Star put young,
aspiring design students to the tough task of designing the tough trucks of the future. Select

examples of the students’ designs will be on display and include models of a snowplow that
vaporizes snow, a concrete truck with a forward-facing chute, a dump truck with see-through A-
pillars and many more creative and unique solutions to enhance driver and product safety. Also
on display at NACV – and currently available for purchase at Western Star dealers – are the
4700, 4900, and 5700XE.
“Western Star has a hard-earned reputation for building the toughest trucks for tough
environments,” said David Carson, president, Western Star Trucks. “Demanding vocational
applications deserve purposeful innovation and Western Star will be ready for the truck of the
future with a laser focus on being the most trusted tool on the job site.”

Aftermarket & Alliance Parts
At NACV, DTNA introduces Excelerator, the company’s new e-commerce platform, coming in
2020. Excelerator links DTNA’s Dealer Management Systems to streamline the parts ordering
process and improve fulfillment times. The Excelerator platform addresses the growing
propensity for online parts ordering and simplifies the process by opening up access to DTNA’s
parts catalog within its expanding distribution network and growing footprint of Alliance Parts
stores. Rapid delivery through a dedicated delivery service further contributes to increased

DTNA’s focus on improving the customer experience is evident in a multi-pronged approach to
reduce the time spent on repairs, both in the service bay and in the office. Guided Diagnostics
for the DTNA Techlane app, a streamlined pre-authorization process, and a forthcoming Voice
App for technicians is all dedicated efforts to speed up turnaround times at the dealer. The
launch of a new One-Stop program in November 2019 will eliminate the variations in claim
processing requirements and procedures for customers and dealers when filing for supplier
extended coverage programs for parts supplied by DTNA’s top suppliers.
“We pioneered the concept of 24-hour turnaround and have gotten a running start to ensure
every one of our customers is back on the road as quickly as possible,” said Stefan Kurschner,
senior vice president, Aftermarket. “Investments in our parts distribution network, our
dealerships and our new Excelerator e-commerce platform continue to set the bar for the
industry and deliver an exceptional customer experience.”
More information about DTNA’s products and services, including audio recordings of technical
discussions from NACV can be found at

North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show, ATLANTA, GA – Hino Trucks has been
asking you for a few weeks now the simple question: What size are you? Well, now it’s time to
answer that question. Hino has unified its entire lineup of trucks, including model names, to make it
even easier for you to match the perfect Hino to you and your business’ needs. Hino is excited to
announce their new ‘M Series’ Class 4/5 COE’s and new ‘L Series’ Class 6/7 Conventional trucks,
which combined with Hino’s recently launched ‘XL Series’ Class 7/8 vehicles, creates a cohesive
family of commercial trucks.
The badges are not the only updates either. Each vehicle now contains larger cab
configurations, and a full suite of features adding safety, fresh designs, durability, flexibility and
connectivity options, making it clear why Hino is the fastest growing medium-duty truck brand.
The new COE truck models carry Hino M4 and Hino M5 badging with the number in the naming
scheme representing the GVW class. For 2021MY, these trucks have been upgraded with an all-new
grille design complete with optional LED headlights and HD 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission
with gear holds feature. Available with the industry’s first OE fully integrated Lane Departure Warning
The system in this vehicle segment and then we get to the interior upgrades with a new shifter layout,
steering wheel controls, an all-new gauge cluster including a 4.2” LCD multi-information display and
driver’s seatbelt sensor.

The new Conventional line is represented by the Hino L6 and Hino L7 models boasting a bolder front
fascia with optional LED headlights. The cab interior has been re-engineered with an automotive-grade finish designed for commercial use and improved functionality, steering wheel controls, a large
7” LCD multi-information display, more storage, and legroom. Hino also takes your safety very
seriously, which is why there are now an array of safety systems available on the Hino L Series
including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Collision Mitigation System (CMS), Lane Departure
Warning (LDW), Active Cruise Control (ACC) and driver’s seatbelt sensor. Adding even more
functionality to your business are new wheelbase options and extended and crew cab configurations.
“Having extended and crew cab choices will help us better serve our customers’ operational needs
and open up new markets for our trucks” explained Glenn Ellis, SVP Customer Experience. “It’s
impressive how accommodating and spacious both cabs are. Our engineering and design team
really did an outstanding job with our new full line-up!” The 30” extended cab will have seating for 5
and the 44” crew cab will have full-size doors and seat 6 passengers and provide the comfort of rear
zone A/C and heat.
The Hino XL Series also gets new advantages for the 2021 model year including the extended cab and
crew cab configurations and a snowplow package complete with an 18,000 lb. GVW front axle and
front frame extensions. The Hino XL7 and XL8 will now come standard with a driver’s seatbelt
sensor and available ACC building on the trucks’ ESC, CMS and LDW active safety solutions.
Hino Trucks dealers are now accepting orders for the new 2021 models. The extended and crew
cab variants will be added in the Spring and the XL snow plow package in the Summer timeframe.

As a global leader in connectivity, Volvo Trucks is at the forefront of developing, testing and introducing commercially viable transport solutions equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. The company announced a milestone of reaching over 200,000 connected vehicles in North America on October 28, 2019, at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show in Atlanta, Georgia. This figure is part of more than 560,000 connected trucks globally in the Volvo Trucks family and is part of the greater total recently reached one million connected vehicles in Volvo Group worldwide.

“Over the past few years, marked improvements in connectivity have driven change and formed real-world opportunities in the trucking industry for safer, smarter and more sustainable operations,” said Ash Makki, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America. “We are proud to reach this milestone, and will continue to expand and grow our connected solutions for our customers while driving the industry towards a more connected future.”

The Volvo Trucks Uptime Center is a key aspect of offering customers the best in connected services with 24/7 live support behind the technologies. Every dedicated professional at the Volvo Trucks Uptime Center is a well-trained Volvo Trucks employee. Real-time, seamless interaction between the expert personnel of Volvo Action Services and customer decision-makers and drivers optimize Volvo Trucks’ connectivity services.

Volvo Trucks continuously investigates new opportunities and technologies with a vision to connect the bigger picture for customers now and in the future. And the company has been on the leading edge of connectivity for years.

A Heritage of Innovation in Connectivity

As early as 2012, Volvo Trucks introduced Remote Diagnostics, which enables customers to reliably transmit information to and from their trucks and monitor fault codes in real-time, delivering assessments and solutions based on severity. This allows for faster and more comprehensive diagnostics and repairs, while also providing fleets with information on driving habits, fuel usage, truck performance and more.

The next advancement from Volvo Trucks was Remote Programming, which works hand-in-hand with Remote Diagnostics and allows for over-the-air software and parameter updates to be made in a matter of minutes when the truck is in a stationary position with cellular service. These solutions served as the foundation of Volvo Trucks’ future technologies that are now included in its industry-leading connectivity offerings.

Continuing forward, Volvo Trucks then announced the partnership with global analytics leader SAS, enhancing Remote Diagnostics with an advanced analytics platform and use of artificial intelligence for a more precise analysis of the truck. That same year, Volvo Trucks announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with transportation software leader Trimble Transportation Enterprise to develop transportation management and fleet maintenance products and services.

In the last year alone, Volvo Trucks has announced a number of new products and services further enhancing connectivity in its vehicles, including an expansion of parameter updates, its new Dynamic Maintenance service, and Geotab Drive.

The Parameter Plus Package, allowing for up to 50 remote parameter updates annually per vehicle, was the first iteration of the innovative subscription package enabling customers to reach peak performance while maximizing uptime. Volvo Trucks then expanded upon this with a new series of updates, providing customers with over 250 parameters to choose from, complementing the Parameter Plus package.

Next, Volvo Trucks introduced Dynamic Maintenance, a connected vehicle maintenance service intended to improve fleet operations efficiency through proactive maintenance planning. This service was designed in partnership with Noregon Systems to enable customized service plans at an individual-vehicle level to improve fleet management for its customers.

And just recently, Volvo Trucks announced the introduction of Geotab Drive, a streamlined FMCSA-compliant Electronic Logging Device (ELD), developed in partnership with world-class telematics leader Geotab. The integrated, cloud-based system provides customers with a seamless solution to monitor and record accurate logs.

Continued Legacy of Leadership

Volvo Trucks continues to lead the industry regarding connectivity, using data gathered from existing technologies to uncover new ways to deliver value to its customers for more productive and efficient transport solutions.

“As we continue to demonstrate our leadership position in connectivity, we strive to offer our customers the most advanced technology as quickly as possible,” said Makki. “As amazing as cutting-edge advancements in connected technology can be, we know our customers will always be the most important factor in driving the industry forward, with the bigger picture in mind.”

Volvo Trucks has partnered with world-class telematics leader Geotab to provide an integrated Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution for all Volvo-powered trucks model-year 2015 and newer.

The major benefit of Geotab Drive for Volvo Trucks is the ability to deliver accurate logs in compliance with the ELD mandate. This integrated solution offers an easy way to monitor and record Hours of Service (HOS) compliance information, including Records of Duty Status (RODS) and Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR).

Coupling Volvo’s factory-fit telematics device with Geotab’s ELD application, Geotab Drive for Volvo Trucks utilizes a unique cloud-based system for more reliable data capture and delivery, compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations and full compatibility with Android and iOS platforms.

“The ELD mandate has changed how fleet management is done in this industry, and Volvo Trucks is dedicated to offering the best possible solution to keep our customers’ businesses running smoothly,” said Ashraf Makki, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America. “Geotab Drive for Volvo Trucks consolidates all of the requirements for compliance into one integrated, cloud-based system that enables customers to easily record HOS status and complete vehicle inspections from their tablet or smartphone.”

Accessing ELD data through the MyGeotab portal enables fleet managers to keep track of fleet compliance with real-time data insights through a user-friendly interface where they can view detailed reports on driver logs, violation alerts and running reports on the status of the fleet, among other things.

Volvo Trucks began partnering with Geotab in 2016 in an effort to improve telematics capabilities in its trucks. The OEM’s onboard telematics hardware ties in with Geotab’s world-class ELD platform for the most seamless and efficient solution possible.

Whereas most ELDs deliver data through WiFi or Bluetooth-based systems, Geotab Drive for Volvo Trucks operates using a cloud-based system that provides customers with more reliable ELD data-capture capabilities. Reliable and robust, this solution helps to keep HOS data safe and secure, and avoids potential pitfalls associated with other solutions that are hardwired, require pairing, or ask drivers to download data records onto a USB.

“Volvo Trucks takes pride in working with best-in-class partners like Geotab to develop solutions that improve the customer experience, enabling them to enhance their operations,” said Makki. “Not only is Geotab Drive for Volvo Trucks compliant with the mandate, but it is the most efficient and reliable solution available when it comes to ELDs.”