Volvo Trucks has launched Volvo Connect, combining a host of digital and connected services into one user-friendly portal.
It will be launched in September 2018 in some European markets, with the UK & Ireland launch expected to be in 2019, and it will be updated and expanded regularly over the coming years.
“Volvo Connect enables you to access the important services and information needed to run and develop your daily business, in one place,” said Carina Holm, project manager at Volvo Connect.
“Besides fleet management and maintenance planning, many more aspects of the operation will be supported, including help with administration and legal compliance.”
Volvo Connect will also contain a marketplace where additional services can be subscribed to and activated. Users can adapt the interface so that the information and services most important to them are quickly and easily accessible.
In conjunction with the launch of Volvo Connect, Volvo Trucks is also launching Data Access, a new service that allows vehicle data to be stored and accessed via the cloud according to the Remote FMS standard (rFMS). This enables data to be integrated with customers’ existing systems and allows them to utilise data from vehicles, benefiting transport operations with mixed fleets regardless of model or make.
Other digital services also being launched include Dynafleet Safety Service designed to help the customer monitor safe driving behaviours as well as the benefits of the vehicle’s active safety systems; and Vehicle Status, which tracks key components in the vehicle and helps identify potential malfunctions either for immediate repair or for the vehicle’s next service.
“To start with, Volvo Connect will include these three services, as well as additional services including Dynafleet and Service Planning,” explained Holm. “Over time, we will expand the available content and customers will be able to choose from a broad range of information, functions and services, both from us and external developers, that will help optimise different aspects of their business.”
The introduction of Volvo Connect comes at a time when digitalisation is changing the way people live and work, and the transport industry is no exception.
“New software platforms, for example within car sharing and travel services, are creating new business models and consumer behaviours,” said Karin Falk, senior vice president, services & customer quality.
“Looking at the transport industry today, there is still large potential to increase transparency, efficiency and productivity. Combining connectivity and data analytics is opening up for new opportunities to support our customers.”
With this rapid transformation in mind, Volvo Connect has been developed as a long-term solution.
As new functions and information are made available and new digital services continue to be developed, both by Volvo Trucks, industry partners and third-party software developers, Volvo Connect will enable customers to access and use such services to their full potential. It will also help businesses make a seamless transition into an exciting new digital future, it said.
The introduction of Volvo Connect and the available content will follow separate time plans in different markets.