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On-Board Tablet can increase driver efficiency

Detroit Diesel Corporation has unveiled its new On-Board Tablet. An advanced mobile device equipped with apps to streamline communications, the On-Board Tablet uses the latest in commercial telematics technology to boost efficiency and driver performance.

Developed in collaboration with Zonar, the tablet works seamlessly with Detroit Virtual Technician and Visibility fleet software. Certified compliant with US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours-of-service regulations, the tablet is designed for Freightliner and Western Star truck models and can be easily mounted inside the cab.

Specific features of the tablet include:

•Paperless hours-of-service tracking, which notifies drivers at risk or in violation of FMCSA regulations.

•Two-way messaging allows for instant driver and fleet manager communication via free-form or pre-written messages and text-to-voice functionality.

•Advanced navigation, which generates step-by-step directions, asset-specific routing, map-loading assignments, and real-time traffic information.

•Pre- and post-trip inspections, streamlining the vehicle inspection process with quick scanning technology, resulting in faster and more accurate inspections.

Developed on the Android platform, the tablet has an intuitive interface, portable size, and durable casing. It features an integrated camera and video recording capability, Bluetooth technology, a built-in flashlight, and a colorful touch-screen display with an hours-of-service clock, and the ability to host third-party apps and product updates in the future.

The On-Board Tablet will be available for Freightliner trucks as a factory-installed option beginning Q1 2014 on new truck orders. Retrofit kits will also be available. Availability in Western Star trucks will be announced later.

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