VDL BUS & COACH CHOOSES OPENMATICS CONNECTIVITY PLATFORM
Openmatics, a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, is choosen by VDL Bus & Coach as its official connectivity platform provider. The open platform including API (Application Programming Interface) and SDK (Software Development Kit) functionalities offers networking and function options. It provides VDL with a full overview on the operational efficiency of all of their vehicles.
The data provided by Openmatics allows VDL to implement and
improve new technologies in its vehicles. Also, it can be monitored at any time if fleets are running well - regardless of vehicle type, Openmatics provides a detailed overview about the efficiency of the operation with the aim to lower the vehicle’s total costs of ownership.
The Business Intelligence application from Openmatics, can record all parameters relevant for electric driving to generate reports about battery management, energy consumption, range and vehicle diagnostics. All evaluations are available in the Openmatics / VDL portal and authorized users like customers can access this portal using any mobile device. Openmatics offers similar functions for VDL's diesel-powered city buses and coaches, but then tailored with specific parameters - for example ZF´s EcoLife or TraXon transmission and chassis systems as well as parameters from third party components. By the end of 2018, more than 300 VDL electric buses will be fitted with the Openmatics solution.
Openmatics and VDL also have more in store like information to allow predictive maintenance, for example to detect early signs of component failure prevented them before they occur.
Another application of the system consists in dynamic shifting program for the vehicles equipped with a diesel engine based on actual and historical data. Updating component software over the air (OTA) instead of in the workshop could also be an option in the future.