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Data including location and mileage can be quickly analyzed using tools from Networkfleet.

safety and fuel economy can both be improved. “There are different criterion for different vehicle owners,” said Cristin Paun, Manager Advanced Engineering, NAFTA, for Daimler Trucks. “In the trucking industry, there’s a high turnaround rate, so many drivers are inexperienced. Safety is a big factor in this instance. For other owners, fuel economy may be more important.” There’s some talk that DSRC could gain a foothold even if governments don’t require it. If it can save fleet owners fuel and trim delivery times, owners can easily justify the cost of communications gear. For example, vehicles that talk to each other can shorten following distances and move at slightly higher speeds. “DSRC lets companies convoy vehicles together. It is something we’re monitoring. We feel there may be activity in the future,” said Matt Cullum, Electrical Engineering Manager at Peterbilt Motors Co. However, DSRC may face something of a challenge from Wi-Fi. The ubiquitous wireless network is being used by some to send data from vehicles to maintenance

staffs. Once it’s installed for that role, Wi-Fi could also send messages to vehicles nearby on roadways. Some companies feel the cost and ease of use of Wi-Fi may give it an edge over DSRC. “We have no immediate plans to offer any services based on DSRC technology. When it comes to Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11), which may be included in a broader context of DSRC, we are currently evaluating this as part of our M2M offering,” said Andrea Sroczynski, Head of Global Automotive and Truck Sales at Telenor Connexion AB. Pricing will be a key factor. Wi-Fi’s huge volumes and its tools and knowledge infrastructure can’t be discounted. “Wi-Fi is just another means to communicate, like DSRC,” Cullum said. “Qualcomm already puts Wi-Fi in some products. Ultimately, it comes down to what you can deploy at cost. If there’s a push to adopt Wi-Fi, people may not want to go to DSRC.” Terry Costlow

SAE electronics+connectivity

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Electronics & Connectivity - September 5, 2012
Contents
The Ups and Downs of Connectivity
Tech Report
Securing IT in the sky
Data Collection Made Easy
Ad Index
Resource Links
Upcoming from the Editors
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