Volvo adds over-the-air updates to Parameter Plus subscription package

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Updated Apr 26, 2019

Volvo Trucks announced Tuesday a new series of updates designed to complement its newly launched Parameter Plus subscription package, which allows for up to 50 parameter updates annually per covered vehicle.

With more than 250 parameters to choose from, Volvo Trucks North America Product Marketing Manager Ash Makki says the new set of updates will provide customers with notable value in terms of cost savings, fuel efficiency and uptime.

This new release of the parameter updates further increases the potential of the nearly 17,000 Volvo trucks benefiting from Over-The-Air (OTA) update capabilities, delivering a higher level of accuracy and efficiency and offering increased flexibility and optimization. The new packages includes updates in categories including road speed, cruise control, transmission, idle shutdown and fuel economy.

Included in these enhancements is comfort shift, a software package that provides smoother launches when load shifting must be minimized, giving drivers a smoother start, changed gear shift strategy and gentler drive. Idle shutdown is another area of control being offered, giving authority over minimum and maximum time allotted for idleness.

The new Parameter Plus package was designed with thorough feedback from customers to meet the demands of their applications via over-the-air updates while significantly increasing uptime. Average industry time for typical parameter and software updates can require two or more days of downtime, along with the added administration and costs of acquiring a supplementary truck and managing additional driver logistics. The new Parameter Plus package with OTA powertrain software updates can be completed in under 20 minutes and parameter updates in under 10 minutes.