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Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Photo of dealer technician installing FordPass SmartLink OBD-II device courtesy of Ford.

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Ford Offers Wi-Fi, Connected Services on Older Vehicles

Ford is enabling owners of 2010 to 2017 model-year vehicles to add a Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics features through FordPass SmartLink, an OBD-II dongle available from dealers.

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Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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Verizon Connect Launches Field Service Product

Mobile workforce solutions provider Verizon Connect announced the launch of Workforce, a new feature set designed specifically for the needs of fleet managers and fleet-based business owners. Workforce will make its industry debut at the Work Truck Show, which is being held this week in Indianapolis.

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Verizon Connect Combines Three Mobile Workforce Solutions

Verizon Connect has launched as the integrated business entity that's the product of $5 billion in investments, including acquisitions of several connected vehicle providers, Verizon has announced.

The Trucking Alliance, which consists of motor carrier members, contends that granting a 5-year exemption to smaller carriers would 'gut' the ELD rule. Photo: Knight Transportation

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5-Year Exemption Would 'Gut’ ELD Rule, Truck Safety Groups Say

Is there such a thing as too big an exemption to the electronic logging rule? That’s the gist of joint comments submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by a safety advocacy group composed of motor carriers and a highway-safety lobby.

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Ford Improves Waze App Vehicle Integration

Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will now feature improved integration of the Waze navigation app, including any 2018 model year Ford vehicle equipped with SYNC 3 version 3.0 or greater.

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

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Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Enterprise Launches Telematics Product for Truck Rental Customers

Enterprise Truck Rental is now offering Enterprise Telematics. Powered by Geotab, the telematics solution provides real-time tracking data for monitoring vehicle and driver performance.

Derek Barrs, Florida’s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

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ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

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