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4 Oct by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

PIT Group to Conduct Fuel Efficiency Testing for U.S. Xpress

PIT Group, an engineering and research group for the trucking industry, plans to conduct its first In-Service Fuel Testing on powertrain combinations for U.S. Xpress.

For the evaluations, PIT Group will make use of a 60-mile test course consisting of highways and local roads. U.S. Xpress fleet and other test vehicles will pull trailers with loads of equal weight to represent typical fleet operations. An in-cab observer from PIT will accompany U.S. Xpress drivers while they operate the test vehicles. U.S. Xpress will also provide fuel, technicians and maintenance facilities for the event, including a mobile service truck if required.

Suppliers are currently being invited to participate in the evaluations for U.S. Xpress, Inc., which will take place from Nov. 7-11, 2016 at the carrier's facility in Tunnel Hill, Ga. The event will also include an Invited Carriers & Media Day.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the PIT Group to showcase our testing capabilities with a carrier that is widely known for its use of innovative technologies,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “The ability to add real world test findings to test track data by a group of certified unbiased engineers will help carriers make the right decisions on which solutions will have the greatest economic impact on fuel consumption.”

PIT Group In-Service Fuel Testing uses TMC Fuel Consumption Test Procedure – Type III (RP 1103A). The industry standard test compares the fuel consumption of one component of a combination vehicle to the same component in another combination vehicle. PIT Group uses an ISO- 17025 certified process conducted by engineers dedicated solely to providing accurate unbiased test results on fuel saving technologies.

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Mack Releases Asist Mobile App for Service Management

Mack Trucks has announced its Mack Asist mobile app that allows customers to manage service and unplanned events from any location on a mobile device.

Mack Asist is a cloud-based service relationship management tool that keeps fleet customers, dealers and service providers, Mack field staff and Mack Uptime Center agents connected during service and repair events.

“Mack Asist enables us to give customers key information to help increase uptime and expedite the repair process,” said David Pardue, Mack vice president of connected vehicle and uptime services. “The new Mack Asist app enhances our customers' ability to manage these events from a mobile device.”

The Asist app will be free and will feature a quick link to the Mack Uptime Center for quick repairs. The Uptime Center, based in Greensboro, N.C., houses personnel from all customer support functions and connects them to customers and dealers through the latest vehicle communications technology and case management tools.

Mack Asist is a key part of the closed loop communication process around fault codes identified by Mack GuardDog Connect. Through its partnership with Decisiv, Mack is currently piloting the app with select customers for Android and iOS operating systems.

Mack's approach to uptime begins with Mack GuardDog Connect, a proactive diagnostic and repair planning system. GuardDog Connect monitors fault codes that could potentially shut down a truck or lead to an unplanned visit to the dealer. The system enables quick diagnosis of issues, proactive scheduling for repairs and confirms parts availability, all while the truck is still on the job.

Mack Asist enables communication through the entire process, allowing all parties to remain informed about the status of their vehicle before, during and after a service event. It also allows for a consistent customer service experience across the Mack dealer network including real-time updates to fleet customers.

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Volvo, Mack Sign Deal With Geotab for Connected Vehicle Services

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have entered into a memorandum of understanding with telematics provider Geotab.

Through the agreement, Volvo customers that are not equipped with Remote Diagnostics will have connectivity options, designed to help connect legacy Volvo vehicles. Similarly, Mack customers not using Mack GuardDog Connect will also have connectivity options.

“The partnership with Geotab offers customers not currently connected the ability to access data not previously available to them,” said Conal Deedy, director of connected services for Volvo Trucks. “The easy accessibility of this information will enable customers to make informed decisions to enhance uptime, productivity, fuel efficiency, compliance and safety.”

Details of the new service offerings for Volvo and Mack customers have not yet been finalized and will be announced later.

“We are pleased to sign this agreement with Geotab because it will offer Mack customers who previously did not have access to data and services the ability to be connected,” said David Pardue, Mack vice president of connected vehicles and uptime services. “Customers with Mack vehicles not already equipped with GuardDog Connect now will have the opportunity to utilize proven connected services to enhance fleet operations.”

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Continental Buys A Majority Stake in Zonar

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The Continental Corporation has acquired a majority stake in Zonar Systems, a company specializing in fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed but with a majority stake, Continental will be able to expand its fleet management business presence in the U.S. market. The purchase contract gives Continental an 81% stake in Zonar leaving Daimler to retain its existing 19% share.

The transaction required a vote of Zonar shareholders and the deal is subject to approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016.

“With this move, we are further expanding our portfolio and expertise in the arena of mobility services, and fostering our regional balance by investing into a fleet management provider in the US that gives us access to a broad customer base and existing sales channels”, said Helmut Matschi, president of the interior division and member of the executive board of Continental.

Zonar was started in 2001, providing fleet telematics across commercial trucking, vocational and passenger fleets. Zonar offers an electronic verified inspection reporting system to ensure pre- and post-trip inspection compliance as well as mobile ELD solutions. It is also the OEM partner for Daimler Trucks North America's Virtual Technician solution.

“Through the integration of new smart technology solutions, we can enhance our existing fleet management services,” said Michael Ruf, head of the commercial vehicle & aftermarket business unit at Continental. “In addition, with regard to remote diagnostics for commercial vehicles, we can broaden our existing Continental diagnostics capabilities through new backend services.”

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