Alliances & Acquisitions

Daimler Trucks invests in Zonar for the development of smarter connected vehicles

Published: June 25, 2015 | Portland, Oregon, United States

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Zonar Systems, announced that DTNA has become a minority investor in Zonar. This investment marks a milestone in DTNA’s development of smarter connected vehicles and in Zonar’s continued role as a leader in telematics and connectivity services. The long-term strategic partnership aims to help DTNA and Zonar to achieve their shared vision of optimal transportation logistics through intelligent connectivity.  Zonar will continue to operate independently of DTNA, with Martin Daum, CEO of DTNA, becoming a member of its Board of Directors.

“The strategic partnership provides DTNA the ability to leverage the agile development and rapid innovation cycles for which Zonar is known. Zonar’s solutions, combined with DTNA’s industry leadership in engineering, will benefit customers across all markets. The future of DTNA’s and Zonar’s products will evolve, but our ultimate focus is on increasing efficiency and safety – benefitting everyone on the road.” – Martin Daum, President and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America

The companies have partnered for more than five years, starting with the launch of the Virtual Technician remote diagnostic system. Zonar’s products can be factory-installed in Freightliner Trucks, Western Star trucks and Thomas Built Buses. DTNA and Zonar will continue to co-develop new products and expand Zonar’s product suite, both as an OEM and independently.

The investment also underlines the ongoing evolution of Zonar’s diagnostic, safety and tracking systems that are seamlessly integrated into all DTNA vehicles. The collective vision includes vehicles tailored for each driver, route and payload. Every new DTNA vehicle coming off the line will benefit from this relationship, including vocational vehicles, school buses and on-highway trucks.

“This is a relationship in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The drivers and fleet managers will all benefit from combining the big data analytics and rapid technology development Zonar offers with the depth of knowledge, precision and expertise in vehicle engineering DTNA brings. It is an honor to be selected as a technology partner to the world’s best vehicle manufacturer, aligning their philosophy of ‘the best or nothing’.” – Zonar CEO Brett Brinton

DTNA and Zonar are at the forefront of the technology revolution in connected vehicles and foresee significant benefits from their deepened relationship for fleets and individual drivers alike. Zonar’s technology provides fleets with benefits such as reducing fuel usage, increasing uptime and improving compliance. Drivers powered by Zonar see tangible takeaways such as increased safety, easier HOS logging and verified inspection records. Zonar’s 2020 tablet – which includes apps for HOS to meet the ELD mandate, EVIR, driver behavior coaching, and more – is an example of the customizable smart technology that connects drivers to their vehicles and back offices.

Zonar will continue to work closely with DTNA to build on the success of Virtual Technician, and to develop additional embedded technologies. DTNA’s complete telematics solution, branded Detroit Connect, was developed by and is powered by Zonar and is used in more than 150,000 vehicles, accounting for billions of miles driven.

Source: Daimler Corporate Communications

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