International plans OTA engine communication

Two-way communication coming for International trucks with N9, N10 and N13 engines

International plans OTA engine communication
Navistar has remote reprogramming in the offing for International.


US truck manufacturer Navistar has announced its International brand will launch over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming of engine control modules (ECM) from next year.

The plans, currently only confirmed in the US, will allow for two-way communication between fleet managers or truck drivers and 2017-model International trucks with N9, N10 and N13 proprietary engines installed.

"OTA lays the groundwork for a pipeline of connected vehicle services such as partner engine and component calibration updates, body control module updates and future cellular capabilities," Navistar's connected vehicle business general manager, Mike Cerilli, says. 

"These and future advancements will provide improved customer uptime, fuel efficiency and other benefits that will drive added value for customers."

The reprogramming process, initiated by a mobile interface, will be able to be completed at any location with a secure Wi-Fi connection.

"Over-the-air reprogramming in International trucks will revolutionise the way our customers' trucks are serviced and maintained," Navistar president of truck and parts Bill Kozek says.

"This is another important example of how our connected vehicle leadership is paving the way for future advancements that will drive improvements in vehicle uptime and real-world, bottom-line results for our customers."

Navistar says it has completed its first round of testing in its International Truck test fleet and will further test the product in customer fleets in spring.



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