Navistar takes command of big data for truck design, breakdown prevention

In 2015, Navistar was considering new lighter duty Class 8 truck designs for its International Truck brand. Specifically, it saw an opportunity in regional applications.On average, Class 8 trucks in this market have less usage — in terms of miles and hours driven — than long-haul applications. In concept, a truck with lighter weight components would cost less and deliver greater fuel efficiency for regional freight haulers without trade offs in durability.In 2013 or 2014, Navistar would likely have conducted an expensive market study to test the concept. In this instance, an analytics team used real-world telematics data to reach a conclusion.The analytics team was assembled in house after Navistar introduced its remote diagnostics system, OnCommand Connection, in 2014. The system gives access to vehicle and engine data through interfacing…


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