Kenworth and Platform Science this month announced a partnership that will integrate Platform Science’s Virtual Vehicle™ platform into Kenworth trucks using factory-installed telematics hardware.
“TruckTech+ has built a great foundation for the Kenworth-connected vehicle since 2017. Through this partnership, Kenworth will expand its telematics system to provide customers with third-party applications through the Virtual Vehicle platform,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Fleets will benefit from enhanced operating efficiencies through access to software solutions, real-time vehicle data, and third-party applications directly from their connected Kenworth trucks.”
The Virtual Vehicle platform provides many productivity, flexibility, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness benefits to fleets.
- Productivity: Factory-installed telematics hardware enables fleets to maximize uptime by avoiding installation delays and costs for complementary hardware.
- Flexibility: Virtual Vehicle allows fleets to create a software experience catered to individual business needs through a growing pipeline of developer-created innovations.
- Accessibility: Virtual Vehicle leverages edge, cloud, and in-dash data to optimize networks, keeping data available 24/7/365, even when fleets are offline.
- Cost Effectiveness: Users of participating applications on Virtual Vehicle benefit from usage-based billing.
“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,” said Jack Kennedy, co-founder and CEO, Platform Science. “Kenworth is a long-time leader in designing, developing, and manufacturing world-class transportation solutions, and we are proud to collaborate with their team to integrate this platform into their medium and heavy-duty trucks.”
The new suite of services will launch in 2024 for Kenworth’s Class 8 T680, T880, and W990 models and medium-duty T180, T280, T380, and T480 models.
About Platform Science
Platform Science is transforming transportation technology by empowering enterprise fleets with a unified, user-friendly technology platform. Platform Science makes it easy to develop, deploy and manage mobile devices and applications on commercial vehicles, giving fleets an edge in efficiency, flexibility, visibility, and productivity. The customizable platform delivers an unlimited canvas to fleets and developers seeking to innovate and create new solutions as customers’ needs, businesses, and industries evolve. Platform Science was named by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022. For more information, visit www.virtualvehicle.io and www.platformscience.com.
Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.