Buyers who purchase Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks manufactured beginning in 2024 will enjoy the benefits of a new ecosystem of connected products from fleet management functionality and ELD capabilities to truck-specific navigation and third-party applications directly from their vehicles.
Paccar, parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt, recently developed a new collaboration agreement with telematics and fleet management software company Platform Science to deploy its Virtual Vehicle open OEM platform, giving customers access to a customizable platform for digital applications.
Jack Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of Platform Science, said the platform offers a broad suite of solutions that eliminate barriers to innovation, production and safety while allowing fleets to customize in-cab experiences.
“Virtual Vehicle unlocks new ways for fleets to innovate with a platform that offers real-time insights and combines accessibility, flexibility and compatibility to ensure a driver-first experience,” Kennedy said.
The Virtual Vehicle platform can benefit fleets with productivity, flexibility, accessibility and cost effectiveness.
It increases productivity with factory-installed telematics hardware that allows fleets to maximize uptime by avoiding installation delays and costs for complementary hardware. The platform is flexible, allowing fleets to create a software experience catered to individual business needs through a growing pipeline of developer-created innovations.
It's accessible with its edge, cloud and in-dash data that optimizes networks, keeping data available 24/7/365, even when fleets are offline. And users of participating applications on Virtual Vehicle benefit from usage-based billing, making it cost effective.