Volvo adding telematics coverage for legacy trucks

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Updated Apr 6, 2017

Volvo truckVolvo Trucks North America is extending its comprehensive Volvo Trucks Uptime Services to owners of trucks equipped with EPA 2010 or newer Volvo engines, the company announced Wednesday.

Volvo Trucks’ Director of Connected Vehicle Services Conal Deedy says, through a telematics connectivity partnership with Geotab, early model trucks will have access the same suite of uptime services available for newer model Volvo trucks.

“Fleets will also benefit from greater consistency in service management across all trucks in a fleet, knowing that aging units are often reassigned from long-haul to regional haul routes,” he adds.

Activation of a Remote Diagnostics subscription for predictive diagnostics and monitoring and installation of the plug-in Geotab telematics device will connect the legacy vehicle to the highly trained uptime experts at Volvo’s Uptime Center. At the Uptime Center, Volvo Action Service (VAS) agents provide 24/7 monitoring of critical vehicle codes. If VAS agents detect an issue, they will assess the severity and provide the vehicle’s designated contact with the information needed to decide whether to keep operating the truck or take it for immediate service. The entire service case process is documented and tracked through Volvo’s ASIST online service management and communication platform, giving real-time visibility to case status, repair scheduling, and parts and service bay availability.

Owners of legacy Volvo trucks can purchase Geotab telematics devices and sign up for Remote Diagnostics subscriptions through the Volvo Trucks dealer network beginning May 1. In addition to a subscription for Remote Diagnostics, the telematics hardware requires a brief activation and onboarding process initiated and managed by Volvo and Geotab.