MERCEDES-BENZ Trucks will launch a smart telematics system for its Australian customers at the Brisbane Truck Show.
The new Mercedes-Benz Telematics product is a premium fleet management tool including factory fitted hardware and an Australian-developed software suite.
In addition to the desktop portal with full functionality, Mercedes-Benz Telematics also includes apps for both the fleet operator and driver that increase convenience and visibility.
The Telematics App allows the fleet operator to view a large amount of real time data on each truck, including vehicle location, driving behavior, alerts such as over-speeding, sudden braking instances and geofence breaches, along with other features.
The Driver's App includes driver ID functionality and access to their own driving data.
"We are very excited to introduce Mercedes-Benz Telematics to our Australian customers," says Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Director, Michael May.
"It is a fantastic innovative fleet management product that we believe will deliver a whole raft of benefits for our customers."
The Telematics hardware is installed in new generation Mercedes-Benz trucks, but can also be retrofitted to selected earlier models to aid with fleet integration.
A large amount of data can be exported to the fleet operator in MS Excel, CSV and PDF formats.
The system also allows for alerts to be sent regarding extreme vehicle incidents, as well as an alert if movement of the vehicle is detected when the ignition is not on.
The Mercedes-Benz Telematics system uses the Telstra 3G network for ultimate coverage. It features onboard memory that can retain three months of data when not in GSM range, has a battery back-up system and a secure encrypted cloud portal.
The clever Driver's App comes as part of the Mercedes-Benz Telematics suite and is available for both Android and iOS platforms.
It offers customers a range of options, including the ability for drivers to conduct a real time pre-inspection on each truck, with an option to upload comments and even photos that are immediately sent to the fleet manager.
"We have taken our time to develop a telematics system specifically for our Australian customers that includes all the elements they need to get the most out of their trucks," says Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Senior Manager, Andrew Assimo.
"We trialed Mercedes-Benz Telematics during the lengthy evaluation program for the new generation truck range and we are now even more confident that operators will really benefit from this great product," he says.